The 2021 NFL season unofficially started last month with the opening of free agency, but the league’s first landmark event of the season begins tonight in Cleveland. After conducting an entirely virtual draft last spring, fans will once again attend the league’s premier offseason affair, where the newest members of the National Football League will walk across the stage to don their new team’s colors for the first time.
My Baltimore Ravens draft preview was especially sunny thanks to an impeccable showing by general manager Eric DeCosta last spring. My look into the Green Bay Packers, however, will be a…
The 2021 NFL season unofficially started last month with the opening of free agency, but the league’s first landmark event of the season begins tomorrow night in Cleveland. After conducting an entirely virtual draft last spring, the NFL’s off-season spectacle will accept fans at FirstEnergy Stadium, where the newest members of the National Football League will walk across the stage to hold their new team’s jersey.
Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta hit last year’s draft out of the park, picking up multiple on-field contributors in what many analysts considered the best draft class of 2020. …
Location, location, location.
The concept is widely attributed to real estate but it also needs a home in the National Football League. Talent is an obvious prerequisite for success in professional football, as no player will succeed if they lack the talent to do so. A player’s home is equally important to their success, no more so than quarterbacks that are brought in to save a franchise.
Josh Rosen is a great example. Rosen, taken 10th overall in 2018, was tasked with leading two of the worst offenses in recent NFL history — first in Arizona, then in Miami —…
Jalen Suggs’ time in Spokane was supposed to be a pit stop to NBA greatness.
Suggs entered the 2020–21 season as a consensus top-five pick in a loaded draft class. His company at the top of those draft boards, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and USC’s Evan Mobley, made some noise of their own during this NCAA tournament. Cunningham averaged 19.5 points in two tournament games despite shooting just 26 percent from the field, while Mobley helped lead the Trojans to their first Elite Eight appearance since 2001.
Suggs helped Gonzaga eliminate USC and upped the ante by ending the season…
Popular author Richard Connell wrote the famous story, “The Most Dangerous Game”, nearly 100 years ago. In that work, Sanger Rainsford tells his friend, Whitney, “The world is made up two classes — the hunters and the huntees.”
The same concept applies to the National Football League, where there are two types of teams: Those in search of a franchise quarterback and those already employing one.
For the first time since they drafted quarterback Russell Wilson in 2012, the Seattle Seahawks may need to prepare themselves for the hunt.
Shortly after the Super Bowl, Wilson stirred feelings in the Pacific…
My dad isn’t your typical septuagenarian. He doesn’t yell at neighborhood children to stay off his lawn and he is oddly adept at using emoji in text message conversations. Like many people in our big small town, my dad adopted the Packers as his own upon moving to Green Bay years ago.
On more than one occasion, my dad and step-mom have commented on the dating life of Green Bay’s starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and how it relates to his on-field performance. …
In Part One, I took a look at last year’s new coaches and graded out their 2020 performances. This time around, we’ll dive into the seven open positions from this offseason, the attractiveness of each job, and grade out the men who filled them.
All cap numbers courtesy of OverTheCap.com.
New coach: Urban Meyer
Former position: Retired
Hire grade: B
Few college coaches accomplished more in the 21st century than Urban Meyer, the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meyer won three national championships (two at Florida, one at Ohio State), three Big Ten championships and a…
After spilling more than 2,500 words in last year’s review of new head-coaching hires, I have decided to make this winter’s recap a bit more efficient. (Well, kind of. I have a tendency to get long-winded.)
In Part One, we’ll take a look at last year’s hires. In Part Two, I will take a look at the attractiveness of each opening and grade this winter’s new crop of coaches.
Let’s start with last year’s new coaches.
Ron Rivera (Washington Football Team)
Hire grade: A
2020 grade: A-
Washington really had no business winning seven games and playing the NFC champion…
The final round of Pythagorean expectation projections arrive just in time for a titanic match-up in Super Bowl LV.
Before you fully immerse yourself in the lead-up to the big game, take a few minutes to see what our good friend Pythagoras and his math suggests the 2020 postseason could have been.
To see the full Pythagorean expectation standings, click here.
For the final time this season, let’s get to the picks.
AFC playoff field
1. Baltimore (12–4); 2. Buffalo (11–5); 3. Kansas City (10–6); 4. Indianapolis (10–6); 5. Pittsburgh (11–5); 6. Miami (10–6); 7. Tennessee (9–7)
NFC playoff field
To read the full wrap-up and explanation of the below standings, click here.
Buffalo — 10.58*
Miami — 9.63*
NY Jets — 3.02
Baltimore — 11.71**
Pittsburgh — 10.56*
Cleveland — 7.75
Cincinnati — 5.25
Indianapolis — 9.99*
Tennessee — 9.03*
Houston — 6.28
Jacksonville — 4.00
Kansas City — 10.4*
Las Vegas — 7.11
LA Chargers — 7.05
Denver — 5.15
Washington — 8.17*
Dallas — 6.36
Philadelphia — 5.97
NY Giants — 5.81
Green Bay — 10.84*
Chicago — 8.05
Minnesota — 7.08
Detroit — 5.17
New Orleans — 11.13**
Tampa Bay — 10.88*
Atlanta — 7.59
Carolina — 6.73
LA Rams — 10.06*
Seattle — 9.93*
Arizona — 9.02*
San Francisco — 7.66
**denotes home-field advantage
* denotes playoff team
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