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Archive: April 2009

Brady's Return Boosts Pats

Don't forget that, with Brady, this was a 16-0 team.

By Mark Maske | April 29, 2009; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl

Two clear winners have emerged since the latest round of free agency and the draft, and it's a pair of teams we've become familiar watching in the postseason: New England and Philadelphia.

By Gene Wang | April 29, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Usual Suspects

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Arizona round out a fairly familiar top five best teams

By Les Carpenter | April 29, 2009; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not All Usual Suspects

This is the best time of year in the NFL... if your team stinks. Everyone is tied for the lead in their division. First place is yours, Detroit!

By Dan Levy | April 29, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles, Giants Battle

Panthers, Giants and Eagles all in the Steelers hunt.

By Doug Farrar | April 29, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals, 49ers in Landslide

I was most impressed this weekend with the work done by the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, each of whom added eye-popping talent and several players capable of handling starting roles immediately.

By Rob Rang | April 27, 2009; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Leaders of the Pack

Despite the Packers' dismal 2008 season, there is potential for this team to rise to the top of the NFC class this season.

By Jim McCormick | April 27, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tell You in Five

If we have to pick a winner of this weekend's draft TODAY, I'll take the Jets. At least from a PR perspective.

By Dan Levy | April 27, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Detroit Turned It Around

The Lions got faster, tougher, and smarter in this draft. They also gave their downtrodden fans a great deal of hope for the future.

By Doug Farrar | April 27, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Take Draft

Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, and New York Jets all get A's

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (6)

Rookie Cap Talks Likely

Expect Matthew Stafford's deal with the Detroit Lions to renew calls for a more restrictive rookie wage scale to be implemented as part of the next labor deal.

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Salary Cap Needed

Rookies should indeed be capped at a certain level like the NBA does, but how?

By Dan Levy | April 24, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Players Deserve More

OK, I am an agent but the overall numbers indicate that the system is broken in favor of the teams.

By Peter Schaffer | April 24, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (5)

NFL Has It Backward

In the NFL, lack of experience is essentially rewarded. Where's the equity in there?

By Gene Wang | April 24, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

April 24th Winner: mickeyjay1

If Oprah put a football in her hands and said she could throw, Snyder would probably be there with a contract. He is single handedly turning what was a rich and respected football franchise into a low class, alienated and mocked flea circus.

By TOP COMMENTER | April 24, 2009; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

Avoid Mark Sanchez, Redskins

Another young hotshot quarterback is not the answer, but the Redskins just do stupid stuff.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | April 23, 2009; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mariucci and Mayock Pick Sanchez Over Stafford

If you put Sanchez in the right system, one that emphasized creativity and route diversity and pocket movement, he'll do everything required to be a great player in this league.

By Doug Farrar | April 22, 2009; 9:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sanchez Fits Seattle

Much has been made of Mark Sanchez's rising stock. As perhaps the only media member who viewed his Combine performance live, as well as attended USC's Pro Day, I can understand why.

By Rob Rang | April 22, 2009; 6:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Likely Suitors

with an established QB mentor at the helm and an undeniably talented offensive line and receiving corps, Sanchez at 12 to Denver makes more sense then Matt Leinart at a keg party.

By Jim McCormick | April 22, 2009; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

West Coast Ideal

If he can be in a system -- like what's perceived to be the West Coast system -- where the ball gets out quick in a shorter area, he'll do well.

By Charley Casserly | April 22, 2009; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Data Needed

You'd like to have had another year to verify what you think you see in what he did this last year.

By Brian Billick | April 22, 2009; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Blame Mel Kiper

If he doesn't pan out in Denver Mel Kiper has taught us who to blame.

By Dan Levy | April 22, 2009; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins or Seahawks

Playing under Jim Zorn, would be a great way to start Sanchez's career.

By Shawn Zobel | April 22, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

I'll Take the Tuna

If Parcells is the top name on my org chart, I have no worries when it comes to personnel.

By Doug Farrar | April 21, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

I Pick Dick Haley

Of all the greats, the person most apt to lead my war room is none other than Richard "Dick" Haley

By Peter Schaffer | April 21, 2009; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Picking First Isn't Best

This isn't the best year to have the first pick in the NFL draft.

By Gene Wang | April 20, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Great Pay Good Talent

The reality is that teams -- especially this year -- no one wants to pick first.

By Rob Rang | April 20, 2009; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Guts No Glory

The kind of front offices that prefer to draft fourth instead of first are run by pragmatists not champions.

By Emil Steiner | April 20, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wrong Year for First Pick

Curry is the safest pick in this draft, but who wants to take a top-5 selection, and pay top-5 money, for a linebacker?

By Doug Farrar | April 20, 2009; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Madden Spans Generations, Platforms

John Madden is one of the most important men in the history of the game of football.

By Dan Levy | April 17, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Much More Than Xs and Os

The NFL could not have become the most profitable sports league in America without Madden

By Gene Wang | April 17, 2009; 3:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Genuine Article

Madden enjoyed the game as much as any viewer, and that excitement spilled over into his broadcasts.

By Doug Farrar | April 17, 2009; 3:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Genius of Madden

Madden had the ability to make every listener feel like he they were sitting next to each other on a couch eating pizza, drinking beer and watching Sunday ball.

By Peter Schaffer | April 17, 2009; 2:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Millen on Madden

Matt Millen, the longtime NFL player, executive and broadcaster, says that John Madden changed football.

By Mark Maske | April 16, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

He Made Us Much Smarter

Pass the turducken, Madden was a great teacher of the game.

By Cindy Boren | April 16, 2009; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

Man, Myth, Video Game

John Madden is a legit legend in three arenas (four if you include eating).

By Jim McCormick | April 16, 2009; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cleveland Doesn't Rock

Expect some somber, and hopefully entertaining, Mangini press conferences come early October.

By Jim McCormick | April 15, 2009; 7:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

South Beach Swoon?

We'll see right away if Miami's surprising last season was a rebirth or if the Dolphins simply benefited from a favorable schedule.

By Gene Wang | April 15, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fins Face Rough Waters

Miami's reward for a successful 2008, is a 2009 schedule that has some real killers in the first month.

By Doug Farrar | April 15, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys, Panthers

The schedule makers may have sealed the fate of Wade Phillips even prior to the season starting.

By Peter Schaffer | April 15, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

We Miss You Harry

A part of my family died Monday. A part of all of our families.

By Dan Levy | April 14, 2009; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Facenda Still God

When it comes to the greatest of all time at what they did, the nod, with no disrespect, must go to the voice of God, John Facenda.

By Peter Schaffer | April 14, 2009; 2:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Harry the K, Philly's treasure first

Harry Kalas was there for me one of the biggest days of my life, and for thousands of little days too.

By Sean McCann | April 13, 2009; 9:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Farewell, Harry

When you heard the sound of Harry Kalas, you turned the volume up.

By Zach Leibowitz | April 13, 2009; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Sad Day

His voice will resonate in the minds and hearts of fans until they pass.

By Dick Vermeil | April 13, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deep Voice, Deep Loss

A legendary sports announcer is such a special treasure because they outlive the legends from the field. As players come and players go, they remain.

By Jim McCormick | April 13, 2009; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (4)

Only One "Comeback"

For one amazing day, Frank Reich and his Bills authored the most amazing comeback we're ever likely to see in the NFL.

By Doug Farrar | April 13, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Different Spin on Greatest "D" Pick

Long, a defensive tackle drafted out of Villanova, is the lowest drafted defensive player enshrined into the Hall of Fame in the past 27 years.

By Rob Rang | April 11, 2009; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Art of Defense

Selected in the 22nd round, Art Donovan was a perfect fit for Baltimore

By Gene Wang | April 10, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deacon Sacks Up

The toughest, meanest and greatest defensive draft pick remains David "Deacon" Jones.

By Emil Steiner | April 10, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Eyes Have It

Singletary was the leader of the best defense in the history of the sport. His intensity beamed out of those piercing eyes right into the opponent's backfield, and our living rooms.

By Dan Levy | April 10, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Has to Be Mean Joe

When you're the epicenter of football's greatest all-time defense, it makes sense that you're also football's greatest defensive draft pick.

By Doug Farrar | April 10, 2009; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Name Nick

The title of best draft choice of all time goes to Miami Dolphin great, and all time over-achiever, Nick Buoniconti.

By Peter Schaffer | April 10, 2009; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Draft Picks' Green Jackets

From an event anticipation and excitement standpoint, the Lions War Room may as well be at Amen Corner.

By Dan Levy | April 8, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Has Many

Traditions are an integral part of the NFL and one of the reasons the game is revered.

By Peter Schaffer | April 8, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tailgating is Tops

The best football tradition? What could possibly be better than tailgating?

By Doug Farrar | April 8, 2009; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

WR-Rich Draft Hurts Plaxico

Teams would be wise to look into adding Burress, as he is, quite simply, that damn good, but they won't...

By Rob Rang | April 6, 2009; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burress Worth Chasing

There really is no downside in going after Burress. Coach Tom Coughlin owes a large debt of gratitude to him.

By Gene Wang | April 6, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Risk Doesn't Add Up

Someone's going to take a flyer on Plax whenever his legal problems are behind him, and I'm betting that it won't work out.

By Doug Farrar | April 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why Not, Redskins?

If somehow he can escape this with less than a year, wouldn't you take a look?

By David Aldridge | April 6, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

Plax Under the Big Top

Look for him to sign with a team that needs to Or watch him sign in Dallas. Or Oakland.

By Dan Levy | April 6, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expensive, but Quality Costs

The deal is a risky one. But it also was an aggressive move that could pay off in glory.

By Rob Rang | April 3, 2009; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bearing Holiday Gifts

Chicago benefits from Denver's dysfunctional combination of ego, immaturity and miscommunication.

By Zach Leibowitz | April 2, 2009; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Move Hurts Vikings

This trade officially gives the Bears their first true franchise quarterback in the last two or three decades.

By Shawn Zobel | April 2, 2009; 8:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cutler Not A Cure-All

Cutler will need receivers who are reasonably quick, with good hands, who run precise routes.

By Doug Farrar | April 2, 2009; 7:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Helps More Than Hurts

This is one of those trades that will take five years to know who got the better end of the deal.

By Dan Levy | April 2, 2009; 7:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cutler Not a Good Fit

Based on the personnel he'll have around him in Chicago Cutler would have done better staying put.

By Gene Wang | April 2, 2009; 7:49 PM ET | Comments (2)

Redskins, Like Every Team, Should Consider Cutler

If Zorn is on board with the decision to pursue Cutler then he either feels that Cutler is special, Campbell is not, or both.

By Rob Rang | April 2, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Better Catch Cutler

If the Redskins weren't all-in on the Cutler chase before, they need to be that way now.

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (5)

A Different Path

At this point Cutler is a better quarterback than Jason Campbell, but this isn't about superstar talent.

By Les Carpenter | April 2, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Snyder Likes Roller Coasters

It seems like a splashy move for Washington to make. But is it prudent? Well, Snyder has an affinity for roller coaster rides.

By Dan Levy | April 2, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Getting Cutler

Several teams will be looking to pick up the Broncos quarterback, chief among them, the Redskins and New York Jets

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | April 2, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Avoid the Temptation!

Giving up several top draft picks for a player statistically similar to the one you already have doesn't make a lot of sense.

By Doug Farrar | April 2, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 2 Winner: JHARRINGTON1

The worst draft pick ever was Rocky Thompson, a wide receiver from Bermuda by way of West Texas A&M, drafted number one (18th overall) by the New York Giants in 1971.

By TOP COMMENTER | April 2, 2009; 1:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

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