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A rolling stone gathers no Moss

Randy Moss demonstrated in Minnesota that his upside was not worth the investment of time or energy into his enigmatic presence on and off the field. Talent provides chances, but with Moss, commitment may be the trump card.

By Peter Schaffer | November 2, 2010; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (7)

Must see TV

The storylines, the rivalry and the importance of a critical early season NFC East showdown make Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia a must-watch on Sunday.

By Peter Schaffer | September 30, 2010; 01:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

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)

No guts no glory

Just ask Dan Marino or that other Manning (Archie that is) if they would give up individual accolades (such as a long and prosperous career) for a ring.

By Peter Schaffer | February 3, 2010; 06:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

NFL's David and Goliath

As opposed to vilifying the Bengals for turning the corner this year they should be commended and hopefully emulated by other teams.

By Peter Schaffer | November 18, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Vick + UFL = Perfect Pair

Whether by design or mere coincidence it appears that the marriage of Michael Vick and the UFL was one made in pigskin heaven.

By Peter Schaffer | July 14, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (6)

Trick or Tweet

I would hate to see Twitter turn the NFL into the XFL.

By Peter Schaffer | July 10, 2009; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Heroes Are Humans

The flaws of our role models don't diminish their heroism but rather prove their humanity.

By Peter Schaffer | July 8, 2009; 03:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Gotta Spend (Smart) to Win

Teams that don't spend money on talent invariably will not win in the NFL, but it's up to fans to complain.

By Peter Schaffer | July 3, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Survey Says Sanchez

Which of the three will have the best career is unknown, but Sanchez has the best chance to start this year and be successful.

By Peter Schaffer | July 1, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

The No Fair League

The NFL's disciplinary system is about as fair and objective as a tribunal in the Soviet Union.

By Peter Schaffer | June 29, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Soccer is UnAmerican

Soccer will never rise to the level of American Football in the eyes, hearts and minds of the vast majority of the American sporting public.

By Peter Schaffer | June 26, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (133)


The reality is that tailgating restrictions imposed by the Redskins and other NFL teams are much ado about nothing.

By Peter Schaffer | June 24, 2009; 06:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Went Too Far

The NFL commissioner has pushed the punitive bar too high, to the point of inappropriate excessive.

By Peter Schaffer | June 19, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

More Needs to Be Done

It is time for the football, from Pop Warner to the NFL, to make significant and drastic advances in the handling of concussions.

By Peter Schaffer | June 10, 2009; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Players Get Gamed

Justice should be equal for all but we've now overcompensated to the point where celebs get a less fair shake.

By Peter Schaffer | June 8, 2009; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Necessary Evil

In the end, OTAs are a necessary evil for players and teams due to the inherent risk of injuries. The best way to proceed would be capping the number of veterans involved, and encouraging teams to use the practices to develop their younger talent.

By Peter Schaffer | June 4, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Caldwell the Hot Name

Jim Caldwell has both the luck of inheriting a solid and experienced roster and working under and for the great Tony Dungy for years. Caldwell has total familiarity with the team's entire roster, and that should help him keep the Colts in their historic and perennial perch atop the AFC South.

By Peter Schaffer | June 2, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Poised for Comeback

The Chiefs could benefit from the weakness of the AFC West and a dramatic infusion of talent at the two most important skill positions on offense: Quarterback and running back. That should make them playoff contenders from the get-go.

By Peter Schaffer | May 29, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Continuity = Improvement

Tom Brady has the proper mix of talent, success, work ethic, humility and an ability to date super models, combined with a Hall of Fame coach and almost a complete veteran team. His own success, and that of his team, is all but a foregone conclusion.

By Peter Schaffer | May 28, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bet on It

Gambling, when properly regulated and controlled, is good for the NFL

By Peter Schaffer | May 15, 2009; 06:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Price Is Right

If the NFL reduces its prices it will actually have the opposite effect on the economy.

By Peter Schaffer | May 1, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (10)

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)

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; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

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; 02:44 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)

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; 02:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

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; 09:15 AM 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)

Joe Willie vs. Johnny U

The epic battles the two players had are etched in the memories of the baby boom generation.

By Peter Schaffer | March 27, 2009; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Apple Pie - 18 Games

Expanding the NFL regular season to 18 games is a no brainer for all parties involved.

By Peter Schaffer | March 25, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Team First

At the end of the day, Cutler still reports to the coach.

By Peter Schaffer | March 12, 2009; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

T.O. Spells No

Chances are the next time we see Owens will be in a reality show rather than an NFL stadium.

By Peter Schaffer | March 5, 2009; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vick, Clearly?

Vick's younger -- his transgressions hurt dogs, not his sport.

By Peter Schaffer | March 4, 2009; 03:32 AM ET | Comments (9)

Kurt Warner Can

Any team is three players away from a Super Bowl -- pause, drum roll -- Barry Sanders, Deon Sanders and Troy Aikman.

By Peter Schaffer | February 27, 2009; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Risk and Reward

Albert Haynesworth fits what the Titans do defensively to a "T". Whether he can replicate these successes on another team is unknown.

By Peter Schaffer | February 25, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

Supportive, Not Overrated

The bottom line is that the "meat market" data is relevant to teams, especially the medical data.

By Peter Schaffer | February 19, 2009; 01:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

No to Player Pay Cuts

For the record, the commissioner's "giveback" is more of a PR move than a true magnanimous gesture.

By Peter Schaffer | February 16, 2009; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (3)

Top 10, Not Top 5

His star is clearly tainted and tarnished by the complete bungling of his exit from Green Bay in 2007.

By Peter Schaffer | February 12, 2009; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (6)

A Better Pro Bowl

Here are some steps that would make the NFL all-star game more watchable

By Peter Schaffer | February 6, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Are Closest

A dynasty is perhaps unattainable but arguably the Steelers are as close to attaining that designation as any team in the NFL

By Peter Schaffer | February 3, 2009; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defense Beats Offense

The age-old adage is that "great defenses win championships," and in reality this is what will happen on Sunday.

By Peter Schaffer | January 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Depends on Scheme

If you're in the Burgh you prefer Ben and if you're in the Valley you prefer Kurt.

By Peter Schaffer | January 28, 2009; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Ball's Better With Cinderella

The hope forged through parity keeps fans riveted

By Peter Schaffer | January 24, 2009; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

Balancing Ego

A player in the NFL is blessed with incredible riches: fame, fortune and adulation. With these riches come many certainties: pain, criticism, disappointment and public failure.

By Peter Schaffer | January 15, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fans Want Great Games

The old adage that defense wins championship but offense puts people in the seats applies in the NFL only during the regular season.

By Peter Schaffer | January 7, 2009; 08:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Throwing in the Towel

One can only hope that he goes out with the same class he has employed during his Hall of Fame career.

By Peter Schaffer | December 23, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Running Back the Clock

If teams reverted back to the power running game, players like Peterson and Turner would see both an increase in their salaries and endorsements.

By Peter Schaffer | December 18, 2008; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCoy and Bradford Do

Although Heisman winning quarterback rarely make it, expect this year's winner to have a successful NFL career.

By Peter Schaffer | December 12, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

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