1. It's Over for Cutler in Chicago as Trestman Puts Him in His Place: the Bench

    Jay Cutler was benched for Jimmy Clausen. Please read that sentence carefully. Cutler...benched...for Clausen. That's like Chris Rock losing a starting gig to Dane Cook...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 6 hours ago 113,548 reads 386 comments

  2. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Peyton Manning Shows What He's Made Of

    1. Manning toughness Just how ill was Peyton Manning on Sunday in his game against San Diego? Maybe more so than is generally known, which would make his performance more impressive than the statistics show...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 19 hours ago 107,937 reads 134 comments

  3. Johnny Manziel's Putrid 1st Start Has to Be Alarming for Browns

    Hold on…do you mean you can't succeed at the quarterback position in the NFL by just upchucking lobs into the middle of the field like you're at the county fair trying to ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 days ago 417,880 reads 502 comments

  4. Adrian Peterson Decision Shows for Once NFL Is Ahead of the Culture

    The NFL has gotten a lot wrong recently. We all know this. It has gotten so much wrong when it comes to domestic violence, for example, that the president of the United States took note on Friday when he appeared on the Colin Cowherd show ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 5 days ago 114,787 reads 0 comments

  5. Former NFLPA Head Troy Vincent Blasts Union for Ignoring Domestic Abuse Victims

    I was set to write a column on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell . Then the phone rang. It was Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations—and one of the ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 6 days ago 26,392 reads 97 comments

  6. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: How Scary Are the Patriots?

    1. Revis the new key to Patriots, not Brady If I'm the rest of the NFL , these New England Patriots scare the poop out of me. Scare. That's the word. Scare. Not necessarily poop...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 8 days ago 109,200 reads 269 comments

  7. Johnny Manziel Gets His Chance to Start, and He's Earned It

    In the Cleveland locker room this summer, Johnny Manziel was the typical rookie. He was mostly quiet, players told me then and now, and those players—then and now—make sure this is emphasized: Manziel has been a total professional...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 8 days ago 223,302 reads 518 comments

  8. Russell Wilson Peaking at Right Time for Highly Dangerous Seahawks

    I don't know where Russell Wilson ranks among the game's top quarterbacks. I don't know how his arm strength ranks. Or his accuracy. Or his pocket awareness...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 10 days ago 128,734 reads 420 comments

  9. In a Year of Big Offense and Big Controversy, J.J. Watt Stands as Brightest Star

    HOUSTON — His story is in a Houston hospital. It's November, and J.J. Watt is visiting a mother dying of cancer and her children. This is typical Watt. A genuine act of kindness wrapped inside an attempt to perform that act anonymously...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 14 days ago 311,037 reads 290 comments

  10. Aaron Rodgers Takes Another Big Stride into Realm of NFL Quarterback Legends

    The legend-in-the-making got his hand stepped on. It looked to be a bloody mess. But a bleeding limb can't stop Aaron Rodgers . A truck might not. Maybe not even a nuke. The throws the legend-in-the-making made, despite a hurt hand, were uncanny..

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 17 days ago 268,117 reads 565 comments

  11. Seattle Seahawks Are Back—Big Hits, Trash Talk and All

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On the field, before the game in which the Seattle Seahawks outcoached, outhustled, outsmarted and outpunched the San Francisco 49ers, Richard Sherman was taunting the 49ers' crowd...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 20 days ago 180,229 reads 582 comments

  12. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Texans Back in Quarterback Purgatory

    1. Who is the quarterback of the future for Texans? Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett, after a nasty loss to Cincinnati, was asked if his hand was injured. "My hand's OK," he said...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 22 days ago 106,692 reads 157 comments

  13. 'Good Andy' Beats Texans, but Don't Count on Dalton to Lead Bengals Playoff Run

    HOUSTON — Andy Dalton , in the minutes before he'd play another Dalton-esque game, ran to midfield to eagerly shake President George H.W. Bush's hand before his Cincinnati Bengals would play the Houston Texans ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 24 days ago 141,070 reads 130 comments

  14. Standing Up to Adrian Peterson Is Roger Goodell's Finest Moment

    Please read the words that follow carefully. They are important words. They are vital words. The words are the most important thing in this horrible case of child abuse. And it is child abuse...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 30 days ago 108,530 reads 84 comments

  15. Adrian Peterson Isn't the Victim; His Son Is

    Let's make this clear: Adrian Peterson deserves to be back in football one day. Not this week. Not this month. Not even this season...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 92,365 reads 90 comments

  16. Angry Brady, Patriots Punch Colts in the Face…and Other Places

    The game was initially horrible, almost unwatchable. Then it became something else. It became a statement, almost a referendum. Andrew Luck has beaten Peyton Manning , Aaron Rodgers , Russell Wilson and Eli Manning...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 157,502 reads 341 comments

  17. Richie Incognito Has Impressed in Workouts but Is Likely Still Too Toxic to Sign

    In order for Richie Incognito to play in the NFL again, there would have to be a plague that hit only offensive linemen. Hundreds of them would have to catch the flu. Or break something...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 148,941 reads 359 comments

  18. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Will Peterson or Rice Play in the NFL Again?

    1. The futures of Rice and Peterson No matter what you hear about all of the procedural hearings, timelines and judicial proceedings, here is the bottom line when it comes to ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 116,763 reads 241 comments

  19. Get Used to It, Browns Fans: Your Team Is Finally Good

    Whenever I tweeted about how the Browns would be a surprising team this season, the responses went something like this: 1. We stink. We will always stink. 2. Shut up. 3...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 159,345 reads 319 comments

  20. Mike Vick Shows He Isn't Dead Just Yet with Win over Steelers

    The Jets were on the verge of losing nine straight games, something that had never happened to them before. But they won. They finally, finally won. It's hard to tell who deserves more credit—Mike Vick or Justin Bieber...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 109,249 reads 112 comments

  21. Colts OC Pep Hamilton Is the NFL's Hottest Head Coaching Candidate

    There was something I remember Matt Hasselbeck, backup quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, telling me about offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, 40, last season. It went like this: Pep sees and remembers everything...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 136,132 reads 198 comments

  22. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Big Ben's Big Change of Course

    1. The road was long for Roethlisberger We look at Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now, and we see history. We see greatness. He's become so good, so astounding, we've forgotten how far he's come...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 94,322 reads 143 comments

  23. Andrew Luck Supplanting One Manning in Indy, Surpassing Another in New York

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — This is what the New York Giants coaches need to do. They need to stand before the team Tuesday morning. Bring the game tape of the Giants offense in that first half against the Indianapolis Colts from Monday night...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 66,613 reads 161 comments

  24. Brady vs. Manning Is Not Complicated: Brady Is Better

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Before we dissect how, yet again, Tom Brady has proven to be from the planet Krypton, beating his rival and maybe the best team in football with astounding ease, we need to go back in time...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 361,859 reads 1477 comments

  25. Brady and Manning Still Pushing Each Other After All These Years

    Last summer before training camp, two of the greatest NFL competitors, two of the greatest to do what they do, combined their powers. It was like the Justice League partnering with the Avengers...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 80,395 reads 150 comments