1. Life as an Unglamorous Free Agent in the NFL

    By the end of the second week of March 2006, I was tired of lifting in public gyms and running on muddy grass fields at junior high schools in Northern Virginia. I wanted a phone call, a visit and eventually a new deal to keep playing ball...

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  2. What Happens Next for Prospects Who Bombed the Scouting Combine?

    They're just numbers. Everything gathered at the combine—the 40, the jumps, the change of direction drills. Just numbers. They can't and don't tell the entire story on any draft prospect...

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  3. Top Takeaways from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

    INDIANAPOLIS — Here are former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen's top takeaways from the NFL Scouting Combine, which wrapped up Monday...

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  4. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 5 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook. Here are his notes from Day 5...

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  5. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 4 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook. Click here for notes from Day 3 of the combine...

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  6. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 3 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis. Here are his notes from Day 3...

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  7. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 2 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis. Here are his notes from Day 2...

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  8. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 1 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis. Here are his notes from Day 1...

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  9. Hometown Discounts Don't Exist, for Russell Wilson or Anyone Else

    It’s time to put the idea of the “hometown discount” in the NFL to bed. I know it sounds cool for a star player to leave some cash on the table in order to help out the team with the salary cap...

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  10. What's Wrong with Trent Richardson, and Can He Fix It?

    Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson has become an easy target for NFL fans. Coming out of college, he was a legit pick by the Browns at third overall. He was a back with size, acceleration, power and the vision to find daylight...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 51,700 reads 169 comments

  11. Like It or Not, Jerks Like Incognito Get the Benefit of the Doubt from Teammates

    There are plenty of guys in any NFL locker room who you wouldn't invite over to your house for dinner with the family. Maybe it's a veteran bully who preys on young rookies and insecure teammates...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 22,983 reads 185 comments

  12. How Do NFL Teams Really Cheat?

    Everyone in the NFL cheats. I get why people don't want to admit this. I really do. Professionals aren't supposed to bend the rules and look for cracks in the shield to gain even the smallest of advantages...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 342,309 reads 824 comments

  13. Film Room Takeaways from the 2014-2015 NFL Season

    With the New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX wrapping up the 2014-2015 season, let’s go back inside the film room to break down some of the schemes, trends and players that shaped the year...

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  14. The Reality for Johnny Manziel: NFL Is a Business, and Not a Forgiving One

    I hope Johnny Manziel uses his time in rehab to get better as a person, and I hope he continues that process into the future. I want to see him healthy, and I want to see him play ball...

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  15. Questionable Play Call Costs Seahawks Super Bowl Victory

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Malcolm Butler and the Patriots just provided us with a teaching tape on how to defend the slant on the goal line in New England's 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX win Sunday...

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  16. What Makes Seattle's Legion of Boom so Great?

    Just turn on the tape, let it roll and watch these guys compete. This Seattle Seahawks secondary suffocates opposing offenses with an elite free safety in the middle of the field, ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 50,314 reads 179 comments

  17. Matt Bowen's Super Bowl XLIX Film Study

    As we count down the days until Super Bowl XLIX , former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen bring you his film study: a breakdown of personnel, matchups and scheme on the championship stage...

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  18. LeGarrette Blount, Play-Action Pass Could Give Seahawks Fits

    Edge runs, the bubble screen or concepts that test the speed (and discipline) of the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive front seven are a reflection of poor offensive game-planning...

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  19. Russell Wilson's Running Ability a Huge Super Bowl X-Factor

    Russell Wilson 's ability to run the football is a key to the Seattle Seahawks ' offensive game plan because of the opportunities the quarterback can create in multiple schemes and personnel groupings...

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  20. Kam Chancellor Up to Task of Neutralizing Rob Gronkowski

    Rob Gronkowski is the NFL ’s top matchup weapon because of his size ( 6’6”, 265 lbs) and skill set at the tight end position...

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  21. Senior Bowl 2015: Draft Scouting and Observations from Day 3

    Throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his notes on some of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. The game will take place Saturday, Jan...

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  22. Senior Bowl 2015: Draft Scouting and Observations from Day 2

    Throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his notes on some of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. The game will take place Saturday, Jan...

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  23. Senior Bowl 2015: Draft Scouting and Observations from Day 1

    Throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his notes on some of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. The game will take place Saturday, Jan...

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  24. With Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, Nothing Is Impossible

    During the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game, I started to write down some notes about the Green Bay Packers secondary. This unit was challenging routes, making plays on the ball and suffocating the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers...

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  25. Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson Living Up to Great Expectations

    Peyton Manning 's arm looked tired in the Broncos' playoff exit last Sunday. Tom Brady is 37 years old. And Drew Brees just turned 36 this week. Three Hall of Fame football players...

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