Archive: Leonard Shapiro
As past Super Bowl champions have proven, it takes defense to reach, and ultimately win the big game in the NFL. The Steelers and Packers are proof once again.
By Leonard Shapiro | January 25, 2011; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
The personal nature of an increasingly bitter rivalry makes the Jets-Patriots matchup makes it the most intriguing of weekend.
By Leonard Shapiro | January 11, 2011; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (14)
The defending Super Bowl champion Saints proved Monday in Atlanta that they are ready to defend their title - and the rest of the NFC should take notice.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 29, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)
The NFL still does not know how long a player should sit out after a concussion and the league should continue to research concussions and prevent players from returning to the field too soon.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 22, 2010; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)
With his youngest team yet, Bill Belichick has the Patriots playing the best football in the NFL and when it's all said and done, this year's team could rival the 2007 team that went 18-1.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 14, 2010; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (14)
Josh McDaniels made repeated poor personnel decisions, was responsible for a second 'Spygate' and alienated one of the best fanbases in the league. But in the end, it was his inability to win games that sent him packing.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 7, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)
Fines and a coach's wrath have always been the best deterrents in the NFL, and the fines levied against Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for their Sunday fracas should do just that.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)
Brad Childress became the second head coach to fall victim to unfulfilled expectations on a team picked to challenge for a Super Bowl title.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)
If Michael Vick can stay healthy through the rest of the season and maintain his level of play to this point, there's no question that he'll be the NFL MVP. But that's a big "if."
By Leonard Shapiro | November 17, 2010; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)
As good as he has been at times in his career, Randy Moss continues to be the epitome of a locker room cancer -- a tag that may have teams thinking twice about claiming him off waivers.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 2, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)
No team will be running the table in 2010, and that's good news for the NFL, its fans and the upcoming labor negotiations. Maybe all this parity will smack some sense into the powers contemplating a lockout.
By Leonard Shapiro | October 12, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (2)
The Colts still have the potential to make another Super Bowl run, but their coach can't afford to make any more mistakes that might cost them critical division wins.
By Leonard Shapiro | October 5, 2010; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (0)
With a 3-0 start, a Week 4 matchup with the injury depleted Ravens, a Week 5 bye and the Browns on the slate for Ben Roethlisberger's first game back in Week 6, things are lining up perfectly for the Pittsburgh Steelers to make another Super Bowl run.
By Leonard Shapiro | September 28, 2010; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)
With Brett Favre missing training camp and Tony Romo continuing to struggle in crunch time, it's no surprise the Vikings and Cowboys are staring at 0-2 records.
By Leonard Shapiro | September 21, 2010; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)
If he continues to perform the way he did against the Packers, Michael Vick may soon become the Philadelphia Eagles fans' choice to lead their team this season.
By Leonard Shapiro | September 16, 2010; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)
The comedy of errors the Cowboys committed in their season-opening loss to the Redskins should have Wade Phillips readying his resume once again.
By Leonard Shapiro | September 14, 2010; 12:20 AM ET | Comments (0)
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)
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; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)
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; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)
The NFL could and should do more to enforce its banned substance policy, starting with making first-time offenders sit out a full season without pay.
By Leonard Shapiro | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)
Ben Roethlisberger's alleged transgressions have placed him in a group of former Pittsburgh Steelers who the Rooney family saw fit to unload to maintain the team's values. And like those before him, Roethlisberger is likely on his way out of the Steel City.
By Leonard Shapiro | April 21, 2010; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (0)
With Ben Roethlisberger's latest dust up, the Steelers may have a serial moron on their hands and Big Ben may not get another chance to screw up again.
By Leonard Shapiro | March 12, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (3)
If the new ownership is able to pursue free agents that will fortify the roster rather than just make headlines, the Redskins money could go farther than in years past.
By Leonard Shapiro | March 5, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (4)
With his rehearsed apology now behind him, Tiger should be judged on the course.
By Leonard Shapiro | February 19, 2010; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (1)
The Jets' victory legitimized the merger of the NFL and AFL and launched the newly merged league into an unprecedented stratosphere of popularity
By Leonard Shapiro | February 10, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)
The best reason to pick the Indianapolis Colts resides under center.
By Leonard Shapiro | February 5, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (2)
Wouldn't that $2.6 million be far better spent going to a Haitian relief fund to feed, clothe and care for all those millions of suffering victims?
By Leonard Shapiro | February 2, 2010; 12:22 AM ET | Comments (7)
the one franchise that must produce, or else, above all others over the next three weeks has to be the Colts.
By Leonard Shapiro | January 15, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)
The BCS could be remedied so easily it makes you wonder how some of these genius college presidents ever made it through freshman English.
By Leonard Shapiro | January 6, 2010; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (4)
At the moment, Childress and Favre are pooh-poohing any notion that the Vikings are about to implode. But definitely, stay tuned.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 24, 2009; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (2)
Sadly, far too often team owners pick their man, add a token interview of a minority candidate to comply and never deviate from their first choice.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 18, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (26)
The NCAA basketball tournament flat out dominates for a full month.
By Leonard Shapiro | December 9, 2009; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)
As a veteran football writer, I would have preferred having the NFL take the damned day off to begin with.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 26, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (1)
Why do Redskins fans hate the Cowboys? Let us count the ways.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 20, 2009; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (18)
He's John Riggins. The Diesel. Big John. Riggo. That will never change. Never.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 6, 2009; 12:32 AM ET | Comments (10)
There's more than enough smoke here to suspect a blazing inferno may be raging on the Oakland sidelines.
By Leonard Shapiro | November 2, 2009; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (2)
It's time for Vinny and Danny to go on a Charm Offensive.
By Leonard Shapiro | October 30, 2009; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (4)
The best thing Dan Snyder could possibly do would be to let the 2009 season play out with Zorn still the head coach.
By Leonard Shapiro | October 21, 2009; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (5)
Left or right -- only the size of his bank account will count when the owners vote, except in Philly.
By Leonard Shapiro | October 7, 2009; 12:44 AM ET | Comments (5)
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; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (0)
Congratulations Daniel Snyder, you are now the worst owner in the NFL.
By Leonard Shapiro | September 4, 2009; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (25)