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How Nick Saban Went from 'Devil' to Hero

The search is always on to find the light in Nick Saban, to get a deeper understanding. Sure, when he was the coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team sent out a memo (theoretically at his request) warning staff not to make small talk with him. Show More Summary

Steve Sarkisian, Jim Mora Reshaping USC-UCLA Rivalry

Jim Mora and Steve Sarkisian were neighbors in the Seattle area just a few years ago. The two head coaches are neighbors of a different kind now, sharing Los Angeles on opposite sides of the USC-UCLA rivalry. The two were acquaintedShow More Summary

AJ McCarron Off-Base in Criticism of Nick Saban, Alabama Offense

One loss has created plenty of drama at Alabama, and some of it is coming from a highly decorated former Crimson Tide quarterback. AJ McCarron —he of three national titles and two as a starting quarterback—told Ryan Fowler of Tide 99.1...Show More Summary

Troy Vincent Leads Meeting That Could Help Transform the NFL

They each took turns speaking to the commissioner. Between the 11 former NFL players, there were over 100 years of NFL experience. Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers and legends. They each took a turn. One by one. They wanted to speak to Roger Goodell. Show More Summary

Chargers Offense Wastes Opportunities, Talent in Ugly Week 1 Loss

By some statistical measurements, the San Diego Chargers had the second-best offense in the NFL in 2013. It was unorthodox offense for the NFL today, but it got the team to the playoffs and was able to hide a very suspect defense. With...Show More Summary

What to Expect from Pittsburgh Steelers' RB Trio in 2014

Le’Veon Bell promises to be a major part of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense in 2014, but he will not be alone. A revamped backfield, which includes LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer, will play a key role in a ground game that has suffered in recent years. The process to upgrade the running attack has been years in the making. Show More Summary

Why Sammy Watkins Is Sure to Be a Stud

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins comes into the NFL with a lot of hype. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft earned that hype by his outstanding play at Clemson University. Last year, the three-time All-American had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. Show More Summary

Is Sam Bradford the Missing Piece for Minnesota Vikings?

Two years ago, the Minnesota Vikings won 10 games and made a surprising playoff run. However, last year the Vikings backslid to 5-10-1, due in large part to a quarterback situation that drove past disastrous and careened through catastrophic...Show More Summary

Episode 6 of the #Football Podcast with Special Guest Greg A. Bedard

One month until the draft and no one knows anything...except that I will go on record saying I will be shocked if the Detroit Lions actually trade up for Sammy Watkins. This week, I talk about young Mr. Watkins with our own Matt Miller and get down to some brass tacks regarding the quarterback class with Mr. Show More Summary

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Top Talent Targets for Every GM

As pro days and the last whimpers of free agency surge forward, the 2014 NFL draft couldn't be more of a mess. Smokescreens have fans and media biting left and right, while free-agency acquisitions are guilty to some degree as the addition...Show More Summary

Shutdown Corner podcast 50: On pie, sandwiches and big-ticket free agents

Take a breath, everybody. We made it through the first wave of free agency. Think about how much better your team is now than it was a week ago. (Unless your team is the Oakland Raiders, in which case: drink.) We discuss the players who have shifted teams, including DeMarcus Ware, Darren Sproles, and Darrelle Revis. Show More Summary

Johnny Manziel Is the Best Choice for the Texans with the No. 1 Pick

Forget the concerns about height. Dismiss the worries about lifestyle away from the football field. Johnny Manziel is a winner whose competitive drive and extraordinary skills will make him a successful pro. If the Houston Texans are...Show More Summary

Barry Switzer Thinks Johnny Manziel Is an 'Arrogant Little Prick'

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if it can come off a little strong. Johnny Manziel has been one of college football's most polarizing figures for the past two years. You either love him or you hate him. During an appearance on "The Morning After" on CBS Sports Radio 920 AM in St. Show More Summary

Episode 2 of the Bleacher Report #Football Podcast

Well what do you know? Another episode of the Bleacher Report #Football podcast with yours truly and B/R NFL Draft guru Matt Miller. In this latest installment, we touch on the inexplicable "Will They or Won't They?" Sam Bradford drama,...Show More Summary

Minnesota Vikings Round 1 Big Board Ahead of the Combine

Armed with the No. 8 pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings have a lot of different directions they can go. Whether they choose to pursue a "franchise" quarterback or decide they want to shore up another positionShow More Summary

Episode 1 of the New Bleacher Report #Football Podcast

Welcome to the inaugural #Football podcast. Yes, we're using a hashtag in the title. If nothing else, it should make it easily searchable when you put the title and "podcast" into whatever you are searching, be it Google, iTunes or whatever. Your hosts for this endeavor will by myself and Mr. Show More Summary

Shutdown Corner Podcast 38: What if Peyton Manning loses?

It's the eve of the divisional playoffs, and we're breaking down each game with insight, statistical wizardry, and keen eyes for detail... or with smartassery and frequent tangents, whichever. Our big question this week: what if Peyton Manning loses? It could happen, you know. Show More Summary

Shutdown Corner Podcast 37: Playoff games make you go WOOOO!

In the wake of some of the most exciting football of the last decade, we spend the initial part of this podcast talking... wrestling. Of course we do. Why? Well, because Ric Flair fired up the 49ers, and guess who else was staying at...Show More Summary

Shutdown Corner Podcast 28: In which we admit our mistakes (Also: Tebow!)

We are football writers and commentators, yes, but unlike some of our brethren, we don't think we're geniuses. Quite the opposite, in fact. So it's not particularly surprising to see that we've been wrong, way WAY wrong, on some of our predictions for this season. Show More Summary

Shutdown Corner Podcast 26: With NFL contracts, every day is Black Friday

Hey there bargain shoppers, thanks for joining us for this very special episode of The Shutdown Podcast. Here, we start with Black Friday talk, and then segue into discussion of whether Tony Romo might actually be a real quarterback after all. Show More Summary

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