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Archive: September 2009

When Cousins Marry

The Wildcat is a niche offense that will succeed on certain occasions but it's not the way to build a team.

By Brian Tarcy | September 30, 2009; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Just a New/Old Formation

The Wildcat has its place, but it won't replace the basics.

By Anthony Stalter | September 30, 2009; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Vain Dalliance

The wildcat is a hollow prophet, not the messiah that will liberate football coaches everywhere.

By Sean McCann | September 30, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wildcat No WCO, but no gimmick either

The Wildcat offense, technically, is a gimmick -- at least as it is defined by

By Rob Rang | September 30, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nothing Special

At its' core, the wildcat is little more than a running play designed to grind out yards, not a trick play.

By Jason Brewer | September 30, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Just Another Fad

Teams using the Wildcat are basically admitting a weakness about their team.

By David Hill | September 30, 2009; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Here to Stay, But It Needs Some Work

The modern NFL is a passing league -- you can't single-wing your way to the Super Bowl.

By Doug Farrar | September 30, 2009; 8:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Madden Solution

Look to the video games to stop the Dolphins' single wing formation. Hint: 46 Cover 2...

By Adam Hoff | September 30, 2009; 6:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wildcat's No Gimmick

The Wildcat is here to stay, folks -- to claim it's a "gimmick" only makes you look naïve and ignorant.

By Matt Infante | September 30, 2009; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Not Quite a Revolution

The Wildcat isn't a complete offense, like the West Coast is -- it supplements a regular, more traditional, offense.

By Shawn Zobel | September 30, 2009; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wildcat Gaining Popularity

The Wildcat craze isn't really something new, of course. It's a recycling and repackaging of something old.

By Mark Maske | September 30, 2009; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Shackled

St. Louis will be lucky to win two games this season.

By Sean McCann | September 28, 2009; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Media Conspiracy

It is not a coincidence that there are zero winless teams on the West Coast or in the Northeast.

By Brian Tarcy | September 28, 2009; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Woe and The Season in Tampa?

While the Cleveland Browns may have a worse team, the Browns play a much more favorable schedule than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

By Shawn Zobel | September 28, 2009; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oakland Fires Everyone

After firing his players and most of the Raiders organization, Davis said he would hold open tryouts and remake his roster.

By John Morgan | September 28, 2009; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Could it Be Cleveland?

I have a feeling it's going to be a cold, dark fall on Lake Erie.

By Matt Infante | September 28, 2009; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brown and Out

Cleveland is well on its way to being an 0-16 team.

By Matt Loede | September 28, 2009; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fail to the Chiefs

With each passing week, it's looking like the Chiefs' January 3rd trip to Mile High might be a battle -- a battle to go 1-15.

By Joel Thorman | September 28, 2009; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have to Score to Win, Cleveland

Do I think any teams will go 0-16 this year? No. If I had to pick though, I'm sad to say my Browns look like the best bet

By Dan Parker | September 28, 2009; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucking Perfection

Though it probably won't happen, Cleveland or Tampa Bay could give Detroit's record a run.

By Nick Houllis | September 28, 2009; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Speak up Players

I wish athletes would occasionally forget about what it might cost them in the bank account and offer up a well thought out, informed opinion, like Arthur Ashe did.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 25, 2009; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lots to Say, Not Much Play

It's refreshing to encounter an NFL player that actually has something to say. Too bad Ayanbadejo mostly rides the bench.

By Josh Zerkle | September 25, 2009; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (5)

Gay Marriage vs. Cross

Didn't Mike Singletary's rather large cross, that he wore during the 49ers game, violate NFL uniform policy?

By Jason Maloni | September 25, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (4)

Athletes Have the Right

Free speech doesn't decrease as a person's fame increases

By Doug Farrar | September 25, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Watch What You Say

Say your piece, but do so humbly, respectfully, and with the knowledge that the words may live longer than you'd like.

By Nathan Whitaker | September 25, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (10)

Winning Gay Fans

Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Ravens is a new gay fan favorite for his pro-gay marriage stance (his nipple ring doesn't hurt).

By Jim Buzinski | September 25, 2009; 6:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hardly Dangerous Speech

What's strange in this whole affair is the fact that an NFL player's support for gay marriage should be in any way controversial.

By Michael Oriard | September 25, 2009; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free Speech Isn't Cliche

Our country's foundation is the free exchange of ideas. Just because more people may hear those ideas when they come from athletes, does not mean athletes should be censored.

By Dawn Knight | September 25, 2009; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Crabtree is Felonious

Memo to Crabtree, surround yourself with good, smart people, sign the deal that's been offered to you, and start your career already.

By Matt Loede | September 24, 2009; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Open Letter to Michael Crabtree

You could be making one of the biggest mistakes of your life.

By Anthony Stalter | September 23, 2009; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (7)

Suck It Up, Michael

All the leverage Crabtree thought he had is now gone.

By Larry Brown | September 23, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Get #Crabtreed

Smarten up Michael because in the NFL it doesn't take long to go from Twitter joke to forgotten.

By Robert Littal | September 23, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (2)

Playing A Dangerous Game

Crabtree may benefit from a weaker receiver class in 2010, but his situation won't be the same.

By Doug Farrar | September 23, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crabtree Playing Russian Roulette

Crabtree needs to fire his current agent immediately, get down on his hands and knees, come crawling to the 49ers' front office

By David Hill | September 23, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lacking Common Cents

Being known as the David Jonathan Drew of the NFL is going to suck for Crabtree.

By H. Gore | September 23, 2009; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

Grow Up, Crabtree

He has a chance to redeem himself with the league and its fans, but he is down by seven with two minutes left on the clock.

By Jason Maloni | September 23, 2009; 2:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

Hire a Lawyer, Today

Crabtree needs to dump his agent Eugene Parker and get a lawyer who can save him by way of billable hour.

By Adam Hoff | September 23, 2009; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Sign Now, Get Paid Later

Michael, if you're reading this, the smartest thing you can do is sign on the dotted line immediately.

By David Fucillo | September 23, 2009; 12:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ego's Beating Money

As Mick Jagger wrote and sang "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need."

By Peter Schaffer | September 23, 2009; 12:35 AM ET | Comments (7)

Blame Agent Parker

Some friendly advice from Robert McGuffin, Assistant Regional Manager of Smilely's Pizza, blame this debacle on Eugene Parker and then get to work.

By Michael Kun | September 23, 2009; 12:28 AM ET | Comments (2)

Frustration in Florida

The Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers join the Jacksonville Jaguars struggling in the Sunshine State.

By Brandon Benson | September 22, 2009; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sleepless in Seattle

The time to push the reboot button has arrived for the Seattle Seahawks.

By Ryan Van Bibber | September 21, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Turmoil in Tennessee

It's easy to imagine Jeff Fisher's 16th Titans squad 1-5 heading into a Week 7 bye.

By Sean McCann | September 21, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crisis in Carolina

When the only upside coming for this team appears to be a coaching change, you know that they are in for some trouble.

By Shawn Zobel | September 21, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Leaders Don't Panic

As a head coach, when you start off bad, you need to stay positive. If all you do is add gloom to the tomb you can spiral down really quickly.

By Dick Vermeil | September 21, 2009; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

What, Me Worry?

Is it wise to worry about your season after only two games? Perhaps not, but here are a few teams that need to turn things around

By Doug Farrar | September 21, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Torture on the Cuyahoga

The Brown's offense has scored one garbage time touchdown in their last eight NFL games. Isn't touchdown deprivation against the Geneva Convention?

By Brian Tarcy | September 21, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Curse of Gisele?

New England fans may want to hit the panic button or, failing that, stay focused on the Red Sox.

By Emil Steiner | September 21, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (6)

Which Teams Should Be Panicking?

Two weeks deep, which NFL team(s), if any, should be really worrying?

By Reader Poll | September 21, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fruits of Belichick's Tree

The current mini-wave of injury report shenanigans, all emanate from one central figure - Bill Belichick.

By Doug Farrar | September 20, 2009; 7:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

NFL Doesn't Help Books

The League could always do better job but I don't believe the NFL is interested in accommodating sports books or any Fantasy Leagues.

By Johnny Avello | September 18, 2009; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mums the Word

I see no problem with being secretive about the kind of information a team reveals.

By Chris Richardson | September 18, 2009; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Play It Safe

Maybe it is better to only play those players who can do so without pain or potential for re-injury.

By Mackie Shilstone | September 18, 2009; 7:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hiding Behind HIPAA

The NFL and individual teams manipulate the injury report policy for their own benefit, then hide behind HIPAA.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | September 18, 2009; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

American Gamesmanship

Eric Mangini's little games with the weekly injury report reflect a common practice in the NFL, and show that a $125,000 fine is simply the cost of doing business.

By Michael Oriard | September 18, 2009; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coach's Call

One can understand why the Belichick-acolyte might have overlooked Brett Favre's injury.

By Jason Maloni | September 18, 2009; 7:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Commit to Sproles

As long as Tomlinson is out, the stock on Sproles is only going to go up.

By Matt Loede | September 17, 2009; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Still the Man

There is no running back controversy between Tomlinson and Darren Sproles.

By Roman Oben | September 16, 2009; 1:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sproles Is the Go-To

LT's role as a go-to runner may have left with his acceleration.

By Rob Rang | September 16, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

LT Needs an O-Line

With LT and 2/5 of San Diego's offensive line nursing injuries, Sproles's speed wins.

By John Gennaro | September 16, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

LT's So Last Year

San Diego ought to shift some of the focus to Sproles or, better yet, deal LT

By Sean McCann | September 16, 2009; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sproles Charges Ahead

Sproles has proved that he's by far the more explosive back for the Chargers.

By Shawn Zobel | September 16, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Backing Up Controversy

I said a few weeks ago that there will be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia this season. I just didn't know it would be the backups.

By Dan Levy | September 15, 2009; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Andy Reid Will Adjust

Unfortunately for Donovan McNabb's fragile psyche, the Eagles will be fine for a couple of weeks without him.

By Sean McCann | September 14, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

They've Done It Before

The Eagles have a system in place that allows them to win without him for brief stretches of time if need be

By Doug Farrar | September 14, 2009; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

No McNabb, No Chance

Philly's Super Bowl aspirations hang on the health of Donovan McNabb.

By H. Gore | September 14, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Bird (& Rib) Cage

The defense might carry them to the playoffs, but they need McNabb to win when they get there.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 14, 2009; 8:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hack the Ribs, Saints

If McNabb plays, his ribs will have bulls eyes on them.

By Mackie Shilstone | September 14, 2009; 1:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Temporary Survival

In the short term the Eagles can get by without McNabb, but niether VIck nor Kolb is ready to replace him permanently.

By Jason Brewer | September 14, 2009; 1:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fear Not, Philly

Eagles fans should relax. Even if McNabb is out for an extended period, the team will still be in playoff contention

By Robert Littal | September 14, 2009; 1:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

McNabb Takes a Little Ribbing

With the added protection of a well padded flak jacket, he shouldn't have any drop in performance.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | September 14, 2009; 1:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Ben, No Title

You lose Ben, you might as well kiss any thoughts of a Super Bowl repeat good-bye.

By Matt Loede | September 13, 2009; 10:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Depends on Degree

The time he misses will depend on the severity.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | September 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ben Matters More

Troy is nice to have, Roethlisberger is irreplaceable.

By David Hill | September 11, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

QB Over Safety

Troy may be better at his position, but Ben's position is a lot more important.

By Rob Rang | September 11, 2009; 12:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Ben, By a Hair

Polamalu is the beneficiary of the best front seven in football; Roethlisberger does what he does behind one of the worst offensive lines in football.

By Doug Farrar | September 11, 2009; 12:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bank on Big Ben

It was obvious last night that Ben Roethlisberger is more valuable to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

By Shawn Zobel | September 11, 2009; 12:49 AM ET | Comments (0)



By Emil Steiner | September 9, 2009; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Death Not an Inherent Risk

Despite Carson Palmer's comments, I disagree 100 percent with the notion that death is an inherent risk in football.

By Roman Oben | September 9, 2009; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Death Would Change Football

If a death were to occur it could result in a dramatic shift in NFL policy.

By Jason Maloni | September 9, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (3)

Isn't That Why We Watch?

We root for men from our city to beat men from your city into submission.

By Dan Levy | September 9, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Death Won't Kill NFL

In fact, if a player were to die on the field it might improve ratings

By Chris Richardson | September 9, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expect a Football Fatality

I believe Palmer is right. One day the NFL will experience a death on the field

By Josh Kirkendall | September 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Gladiators Die

Nothing will change after a player dies on the field, other than the cache of having whiffed death.

By Adam Hoff | September 9, 2009; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dying From Football

What kills and maims in football is just the underside of what makes NFL football the country's favorite spectator sport.

By Michael Oriard | September 9, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Quick and the Dead

With the speed of today's players, it is not out of the realm of possibility that a death could happen in a game.

By Joe Reedy | September 9, 2009; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Football Kills, Deal With It

If they don't want to put their lives in danger, they can choose a different line of work.

By Larry Brown | September 9, 2009; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Play at Your Peril

I think the potential dangers of high blood pressure is the real killer in the NFL.

By Mackie Shilstone | September 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Rules to Stop Death

It's necessary to adjust the rules to compensate for the "athletic freaks" we see out on the field now.

By David Fucillo | September 9, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reality Over Fantasy

I'm frequently asked which is more important, and I say it's not even close. I'd take a victory by my real team over a fantasy win any day.

By Gene Wang | September 8, 2009; 3:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

All The Same Faith

Fantasy football fans are merely a devoted sect of a larger religion, with no threat of overtaking interest in the NFL itself.

By Jim McCormick | September 7, 2009; 1:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blame Baseball

There's just about as much interest in fantasy football as there is in real football because of America's love for the individual.

By Doug Farrar | September 7, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stay True to the Game

Hold true to your real team when it matters least, and you will cherish it that much more when it matters most.

By Emil Steiner | September 7, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

Fantasy vs. Reality

Has fantasy football become more popular than the real thing? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | September 7, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

This Ain't No Fantasy

Is fantasy football more popular than the NFL? Sure, in Nerdville.

By Brian Tarcy | September 7, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's All About the Benjamins

Billion dollar stadiums. One-hundred million dollar contracts. Million dollar endorsement deals. You see a pattern here?

By Gene Wang | September 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Snyder's Reign of Error

Congratulations Daniel Snyder, you are now the worst owner in the NFL.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 4, 2009; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (25)

Consensual Victims

Redskins fans feel like Charlie Brown and Daniel Snyder is Lucy, with the football.

By David Aldridge | September 4, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (15)

Just Say "No" to a Lockout

Nearly half a century of NFL achievement may all fall by the wayside if players get locked out after the 2010 season.

By Peter Schaffer | September 4, 2009; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Fans Are Addicts

NFL fan will always be there to line the pockets and increase the bottom line of the NFL owners.

By David Hill | September 4, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

Prettier Than Losing

Take the "it's degrading to women" and "it's inappropriate for children" arguments and shove it.

By Sarah Schorno | September 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (14)

Are We Serious Here?

The question was, should the NFL get rid of cheerleaders? And that's just a silly question.

By Dan Levy | September 2, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Pack It in

I was aware of the cheerleaders before I understood anything else about the game. And I hope they never leave it.

By Brandon Benson | September 2, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cheer For What?

The NFL game should never need cheerleaders to better sell its product -- just ask the Pitt

By Dan Parker | September 2, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (15)

More Than Short Skirts

According to my husband there are four things men love: beer, food, live sports and women, and the NFL combines all four.

By Dawn Knight | September 2, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (30)

Cost Cutting Cheer

If a few frills have to go so more people decide the price of admission is worth it, then so be it.

By Jason Maloni | September 2, 2009; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (8)

Bears Want Them

Coming from a team that doesn't have cheerleaders, let me simply say, we want them.

By Adam Tracey | September 2, 2009; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (8)

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