1. Deflategate Ruling Further Annihilates Roger Goodell's Legacy and NFL's Image

    First, the NFL picked the court. Yeah , the league thought. Got him. Home-court advantage. Second, the league put forth the notion that Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone. Yeah , the league thought...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 hours ago 43,165 reads 117 comments

  2. Washington Just Sinks Lower and Lower, with No End in Sight

    You think things with the football team in Washington can go no lower. They just can't. No way in hell. Then the bar goes lower. You stand there, mouth agape. And then even lower...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 15 hours ago 80,628 reads 290 comments

  3. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Seahawks Wise Enough Not to Care About Preseason

    1. No time to panic in Seattle If there is one team to trust when it comes to its play on the field…if there is one team that has proved itself…if there is one team that can indeed flip the switch…it is the Seattle Seahawks...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 day ago 70,008 reads 198 comments

  4. Divorce Is the Only Option Left for Robert Griffin III and Washington

    There was a very telling moment recently in the messed-up soap opera that is the football team in Washington—and its embattled, concussed/not concussed/then sorta concussed quarterback...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 days ago 359,312 reads 500 comments

  5. Russell Wilson Sending a Dangerous Message with Supposed Miracle Concussion Cure

    It was initially easy to laugh at Russell Wilson 's bubbles-cured-my-concussion claims. It was giggle fuel. He was also claiming the bubbles healed a teammate's knee injury. Silly stuff...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 6 days ago 244,358 reads 440 comments

  6. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Do NFL Players Really Have 'Fall Guys'?

    1. The Fall Guy I've covered several NFL rookie symposiums. Once, some years ago, I was part of a panel that spoke to hundreds of players about dealing with the media. It was one of the more fascinating moments of my career...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 8 days ago 186,620 reads 263 comments

  7. NFL Head Coach on Jay Gruden Leaving RG3 in Game: 'It Looks Personal to Me'

    After watching the Detroit Lions use Robert Griffin III as a practice dummy, I texted a head coach, one whom I know is a huge RG3 fan, to get his thoughts...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 10 days ago 587,890 reads 420 comments

  8. NFL Owner on Deflategate: 'This Entire Episode Is Embarrassing Our Sport'

    The NFL owner wanted to make two things clear when it comes to Tom Brady and Deflategate, one of the biggest land mines in NFL history...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 13 days ago 236,327 reads 442 comments

  9. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: The Scouts Were Dead Wrong on Bridgewater

    1. Remembering how stupid the draft can be Do you remember? Do you remember when Teddy Bridgewater , now a growing star, once fell down draft boards? Do you remember ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 15 days ago 358,082 reads 420 comments

  10. NFL Preseason Is an Unnecessary, Outdated Risk for Players

    A preseason opener. Washington and Cleveland. Tight end Niles Paul was blocking when, as happens on many plays, his legs got tangled in traffic. What happened next was gruesome ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 17 days ago 165,678 reads 336 comments

  11. Geno Smith and IK Enemkpali Broke the 1st Rule of NFL Fight Club

    The story goes like this: One practice, Bill Parcells, while coaching the Giants, got into an argument with the best linebacker of all time, Lawrence Taylor. It was heated. Then more heated...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 20 days ago 378,904 reads 242 comments

  12. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Goodell Shouldn't Be Judge, Jury and Executioner

    1. Why does Goodell want all this power, anyway? I found myself somewhat staggered, like when I get kicked in the head in muay thai, after reading something from Richie Incognito and, gulp, agreeing with him...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 22 days ago 50,850 reads 136 comments

  13. Somehow, the New York Jets Have Found a Way to Get Even More Jetsian

    There is the absurd, the ridiculous, the unbelievable, the staggering, the laughable, the no-way-in-the-hell-that-happened. Then there is a notch just below that. It is called "the Jetsian...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 23 days ago 168,869 reads 277 comments

  14. Eagles Players Say Chip Kelly's Dictatorial Style Is the Issue, Not Racism

    The quote below is from an African-American Eagles player, and it puts into perspective something important about Chip Kelly . "Chip is not a racist. The notion he is isn't fair...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 24 days ago 178,635 reads 461 comments

  15. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Latest NFL Discipline Policies Are Working

    1. The NFL gets Aaron Kromer suspension right The Ray Rice case...not the NFL's greatest moment. Deflategate...got a lot right, and some wrong. But there are several cases where the NFL's new polices worked perfectly...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 29 days ago 80,053 reads 297 comments

  16. Cutler at Crossroads, Again, with New Bears Staff: Can He Choose the Right Path?

    There are many Jay Cutler stories, but this one, which happened when Cutler was in Denver, is one of the most Cutlerian of them all. Stories seem to follow Cutler, and if the Bears are ever going to win with him, those narratives have to change.

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 196,277 reads 326 comments

  17. Russell Wilson Earned His Huge Contract, On and Off the Field

    Russell Wilson 's new contract calls for him to be paid $21.9 million per season . Aaron Rodgers gets $22 million per season . This is the part where Wilson haters say he isn't worth it...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 97,379 reads 512 comments

  18. Scout Picks Packers-Patriots Super Bowl, Breaks Down Every Team

    I asked an NFL scout to, well, scout. Except this time he was doing it for Bleacher Report. I asked him to give me a few thoughts on each team as camps begin, in earnest. Not an encyclopedia...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 294,964 reads 785 comments

  19. Sheldon Richardson Allegations Show Some NFL Players Still Don't Get It

    Before we go any further, we need to go over the details of the Sheldon Richardson arrest. They are only allegations. None of this has been proven true. But if it is, the NFL has another mess on its hands...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 410,212 reads 630 comments

  20. Revenge of the Patriots: It's Them vs. the World, and That's Scary for the World

    It was late Tuesday night when the text from a Patriots player arrived on my phone. The message was simple and succinct. Yet also powerful. "It's us against the world," the player wrote...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 109,111 reads 534 comments

  21. Miko Grimes: The NFL's Great Truth Teller

    The year was 2009, and Miko Grimes—one of the few people completely unafraid of the NFL —had some advice for her football husband: Ignore your coaches. Miami's Brent Grimes is now recognized as one of the best corners in the sport...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 217,908 reads 260 comments

  22. Time for Brady to Admit He Cheated and Save the NFL from a Civil War

    Let's get to the most important part of this latest news: Tom Brady destroying his cellphone. In its decision to deny Brady's appeal of a four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 288,054 reads 1561 comments

  23. Jen Welter Becomes First Female NFL Coach and Few in Football Will Care

    I've been Twitter friends with Jen Welter, who just made NFL history, for over a year. This past March, I wrote I would not be shocked if she were an assistant coach in the NFL one day...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 109,248 reads 209 comments

  24. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Why the NFL Loves and Hates Nick Saban

    1. The NFL 's love/hate relationship with Saban The NFL loves Nick Saban. The NFL hates Nick Saban. This has always been. This will always be...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 207,203 reads 172 comments

  25. Justin Houston's NFL Success a Lesson to Teams That Run Scared on Draft Day

    It was four years ago, early in 2011, and a general manager was on the phone, ranting. He interrupted himself to pose a question: How could Justin Houston be so damn stupid? Then, the rant continued...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 523,847 reads 202 comments