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Archive: August 2010

Injuring the game

More regular season games will lead to more injuries and more games with Curtis Painter under center for the Colts.

By Dawn Knight | August 31, 2010; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is an 18-game schedule the right move?

Should the NFL expand to an 18-game regular season schedule?

By Reader Poll | August 31, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

A death sentence

Expanding the NFL season to 18 games will dilute the product, increase serious player injuries and threaten football's status as America's most popular sport.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | August 31, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ticket uptick

An expanded regular season would help teams increase revenue through ticket sales, even if it takes a greater toll on the players on the field.

By Brandon Benson | August 31, 2010; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feasible with fixes

If the NFL addresses injury and player compensation issues in the new collective bargaining agreement, an 18-game regular season could be a feasible format.

By Tim McHale | August 31, 2010; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Less is more

The current NFL regular season structure is one of the many things that make the NFL the most popular professional sports league in the U.S., and there's no need to screw that up.

By Michael Bean | August 31, 2010; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brilliant bargaining chip

Even if the proposed 18-game regular season expansion does not get approved, it could prove to be the perfect incentive to get the NFL Players Association to the bargaining table for collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

By Michael Kun | August 31, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wrong in so many ways

An expanded NFL regular season is a terrible idea any way you look at it.

By Doug Farrar | August 31, 2010; 1:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Money trumps all

Despite a number of obvious drawbacks, NFL regular season expansion appears to be foregone conclusion

By Dave Goldberg | August 31, 2010; 12:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth and Shanahan share blame

Both Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth deserve blame for the three-ring circus playing out in Ashburn.

By Chris Richardson | August 24, 2010; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

100 million dollar baby

It's time for Albert Haynesworth to shut up and play for his massive -- and undeserved -- contract.

By Dawn Knight | August 24, 2010; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Danny does it again

By giving a player with a track record of bad behavior a massive contract yet again, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder can only blame himself for the mess in Washington.

By Anthony Stalter | August 24, 2010; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Fat Albert!

Mike Shanahan has laid down the law in D.C. and with or without Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins should at least improve on last year's 4-12 season.

By Jason Maloni | August 24, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

How many games will Albert play?

How many games will Albert Haynesworth play for the Washington Redskins this season?

By Reader Poll | August 24, 2010; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let's be professional

A motivated Albert Haynesworth would be a tremendous asset to the Redskins' defense, but how do you motivate someone who has shown no signs of wanting to compete?

By Dr. Mark Adickes | August 24, 2010; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Time to cut bait

Of all the situations Mike Shanahan inherited, none was more toxic -- and more permanent -- than what has been created by Albert Haynesworth.

By Doug Farrar | August 24, 2010; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hardly a surprise

There appears to be no way out of the Albert Haynesworth mess for the Washington Redskins

By Robert Littal | August 24, 2010; 1:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

My roly poly model

I get paid $100 million to write this column, but I am not writing about Albert Haynesworth or the Redskins.

By Brian Tarcy | August 24, 2010; 1:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

A rocky marriage

At this point, the Washington Redskins have to hope Albert Haynesworth's relationship with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will get him onto the field sooner rather than later.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 24, 2010; 12:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

No excuses for Albert

There's simply no excuse for Albert Haynesworth's poor character and poor judgment since he signed a $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

By Michael Kun | August 24, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

It's Snyder's mess

There's plenty of blame to throw around, but Daniel Snyder should once again bear the brunt for overpaying a player with questionable work ethic.

By Dave Goldberg | August 24, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

Don't count your chickens

Brett Favre gives the Vikings the best chance to win, so his decision to come back is a welcome one. But injuries and questionable coaching decisions may keep Minnesota from winning it all this year.

By Anthony Stalter | August 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Groundhog Brett

Brett Favre's offseason routine rivals Punxsutawney Phil's annual Groundhog Day charade.

By Brian Tarcy | August 18, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rodgers, Packers block the way

Brett Favre's gunslinging approach could cost the Vikings this season with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers poised to take the NFC North.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | August 18, 2010; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surviving the opener is key

The Saints gave the NFL the defensive gameplan for stopping Brett Favre in last season's NFC title game, which could spell trouble for the Vikings this fall.

By Doug Farrar | August 18, 2010; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

One more run

If his ankle can hold up, Brett Favre could go out on top by leading the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 18, 2010; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Concerns at skill positions

Brett Favre's bid for another Super Bowl title could be derailed by injuries and inconsistent play from the Vikings running backs and receivers.

By Brandon Benson | August 18, 2010; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Window is closing

The window is closing on Brett Favre and the Vikings who may have missed their best chance at a Super Bowl title last season.

By Dave Goldberg | August 18, 2010; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Count on regression

The Vikings could make another playoff run with Brett Favre back, but expect the quarterback to experience a statistical regression back to his career averages across the board.

By Joe Baker | August 18, 2010; 4:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Healthy Vikes will contend

With Brett Favre back in the fold, the questions the Minnesota Vikings need answers to deal with the health of his supporting cast, including Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percey Harvin

By Michael Kun | August 18, 2010; 2:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pay him and play him

If Darrelle Revis can be as dominant as he was for the New York Jets defense last season, he's worthy of being the highest paid defensive back in the NFL.

By Gene Wang | August 11, 2010; 11:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Can the Jets win without Revis?

Can the New York Jets reach the Super Bowl without cornerback Darrelle Revis?

By Reader Poll | August 11, 2010; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Revis roulette

Sure, the Jets could reach the Super Bowl without Darrelle Revis, but why take the risk?

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | August 11, 2010; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conflict brewing in Cortland

The escalating stand-off between the New York Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis has taken on Cold War characteristics.

By Peter Schaffer | August 11, 2010; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Revis is the key

The Jets have been overhyped by everyone this season, and the only chance they have of living up to the hype is by getting Darrelle Revis back on the field.

By Michael Kun | August 11, 2010; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Show him the money

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson needs Darrelle Revis to build a winner. It's time to open up the checkbook.

By Dave Goldberg | August 11, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Put team first

Darrelle Revis is more concerned with being the highest paid player at his position than he is with helping the New York Jets contend for a Super Bowl. Kudos to the Jets for not folding to his selfish demands.

By Anthony Stalter | August 11, 2010; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Super Bowl without him

The Jets need to give the top cover cornerback in the NFL his due, because they absolutely need him to achieve their potential this season.

By Matt Loede | August 11, 2010; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

He'll play, if he can

If he can physically perform, expect Brett Favre back on the field this season -- it's the only place he wants to be.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 5, 2010; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sideshow is the show

Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth have hijacked the start of training camp -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

By Michael Wilbon | August 5, 2010; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brett Favre is...

Brett Favre is the girl you dated in high school who always had to be told how pretty she was. So far, the Vikings continue to oblige her.

By Michael Kun | August 5, 2010; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (13)

Vikings play enabler

Each Brett Favre comeback tour so far has featured a different impetus. This time around, the Vikings don't care what that is -- they just want Brett back in the huddle.

By Brandon Benson | August 5, 2010; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

The waiting game

The old gunslinger knows his career will eventually come to an end, but don't expect his wait and see retirement plan to change until that day.

By Jason Maloni | August 5, 2010; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brett's broken record

Brett Favre has a bad ankle, hates training camp and knows he holds all the power over the Minnesota Vikings. So let's just leave him alone until the start of the season.

By Dave Goldberg | August 5, 2010; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's all an attention grab

Brett Favre's annual retirement dance has become a way for him to string us along and keep the spotlight on him for as long as possible.

By Doug Farrar | August 5, 2010; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Foolish Favre

Brett Favre continues to benefit from his indecisiveness. Maybe it's time we all made a conscious decision to ignore his summer ritual.

By Dawn Knight | August 5, 2010; 9:13 AM ET | Comments (2)

Players can point the finger at themselves

NCAA athletes should shoulder the blame when they take improper benefits from agents.

By Anthony Stalter | August 3, 2010; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

NFL must follow NCAA's lead, add bite to bark

There is no strict policing of agents. Agents' actions can get players and their collegiate teams in real trouble, but until the NFL and/or NFLPA takes a tip from the NCAA and elects to discipline those in their control -- the rogue agents -- the problem will continue to spiral out of control. It will take someone much more intelligent than I to come up with the legal mumbo-jumbo to get this thing fixed correctly. But, doesn't it make sense for agents to suffer similar consequences as the athletes should they be found involved in these cases?

By Rob Rang | August 3, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are agents to blame?

Who is most responsible for the issues resulting from improper relations between agents and college athletes?

By Reader Poll | August 3, 2010; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Heads in the sand

The NCAA must step up and act to protect its players from opportunistic agents rather than simply handing down sanctions to college programs after the fact.

By Dave Goldberg | August 3, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

The blame game

Universities must provide personnel to teams to prevent agent interaction that may result in NCAA sanctions. College players cannot be held solely accountable.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | August 3, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

An unsustainable system

NCAA athletes earn millions of dollars for their universities, coaches and administrators but receive very little in return for their performance. That must change.

By Michael Oriard | August 3, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

New rules for schools

Colleges and agents need to be held accountable for improper dealings with NCAA athletes, and a new system needs to be established that does not punish innocent bystanders for the actions of past players.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | August 3, 2010; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slotted salaries needed

Slotted salaries at both the NFL and NCAA levels would greatly reduce the influence of agents while also giving so-called amateur athletes the compensation they deserve for their performance on the field.

By Doug Farrar | August 3, 2010; 1:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

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