Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 8:21 AM EDT Apr 18, 2019 After sifting through tens of thousands of options — distilled by supercomputers from what could be almost infinite combinations — the NFL revealed the highly anticipated schedule for its 100th season Wednesday evening. Who has reason to rejoice and who might wish the league had allowed those servers and the scheduling honchos more time to find an ideal 256-game itinerary? Read on ... WINNERS Tradition: The NFL made the correct call, kicking off its celebration of a football century by featuring its longest-running rivalry, Packers-Bears, for the 199th time in the regular-season opener. Letting Chicago, longtime home of George "Papa Bear" Halas, host was also a nice touch. (Now if only we could still see Soldier Field's iconic columns from field level ...) Jason Garrett: Feels like a hot seat kinda season for Dallas' coach, who's never guided the Cowboys to the postseason in successive years. … [Read more...] about NFL schedule: Winners, losers from 2019 regular-season release
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Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 6:17 AM EST Feb 5, 2019 Now that Super Bowl LIII is wrapped up, the full order for the first round of the NFL draft officially has been set. And while free agency is still more than a month away and will greatly reshape teams' needs ahead of the draft, the NFL scouting combine is just weeks away from kicking off in Indianapolis. With less than three months until the first round begins in Nashville, here's our latest projection for the first round: 1. Cardinals — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: Arizona is returning to a 3-4 scheme under new coach Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, but the shift shouldn't alter the team's view of Bosa. Like his older brother Joey of the Los Angeles Chargers, the two-time consensus All-American offers the athleticism and well-rounded skill set to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks no matter where he's deployed. As they build up a talent-bereft roster, the … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft 2019: First-round projection after Super Bowl
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 6:48 AM EST Jan 22, 2019 Crafting a list of the greatest players in Super Bowl history is a near-impossible endeavor. Do you favor the biggest stars? Those who shone brightest on Super Sunday? The ones with a sustained level of excellence? While undertaking this fool's errand, we weighed each consideration, attempting to also make it representative of all positions rather than skew too heavily toward quarterbacks or offensive players who more easily show up in the box score (and MVP log). With that prologue in mind, here's our list of the 53 greatest players in Super Bowl history: 1. QB Tom Brady: The New England Patriots poster boy has more rings (5) than any other quarterback and more Super Bowl MVPs (4) than anybody. His record eight Super Bowl starts have allowed him to become the game's all-time leader in passes (357), completions (235), yards (2,576) and TDs (18). Brady aired it out for a Super Sunday record 505 yards in last season's … [Read more...] about Super Bowl’s greatest players in history: Tom Brady is clear No. 1
Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 7:51 AM EST Jan 2, 2019 The folly of attempting to orchestrate a 2019 NFL mock draft nearly four months before the actual event takes place is self-evident. One needs look no further than the uncertain status of the draft order itself, the last 13 picks of which won't be fully set until after the playoffs, to highlight the need for any guess at the first round to be written in pencil rather than ink. Add in the incomplete list of early declarations and impending changes stemming from free agency and it becomes clear that this is more of a thought exercise than hard science. Nevertheless, a sketch of how the top picks might shake out can be fun even if not particularly prudent at this point. Just don't point back to this in April (unless any picks are right). 1. Cardinals — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: With the franchise picking in the top spot for the first time since its move to Arizona in 1988, general manager … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft 2019: Where does QB Dwayne Haskins land in first round?
Those same misers that gripe about festive traditions coming earlier every year are likely the people that have a little more time for the starting gun of Black Monday creeping forward with every passing season. While the teams of the NFL used to at least let the dust settle on week 17’s games before wielding the axe, this year we knew within minutes of the New York Jets’ latest defeat that head coach Todd Bowles would not be returning to the Meadowlands next year. Black Monday had begun early on Sunday afternoon. At the time of writing, six coaches had gone within 24 hours. Add those to the two in-season firings and there will be eight head coaching positions to fill this off-season, a quarter of the league and the most in five years, and they come at a time when the profile of the incoming coaches will be under more scrutiny than ever. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 … [Read more...] about Black Monday robs the NFL of its diversity as firings rack up