1. The Cost of an NFL Career: Former Players Discuss the Early Retirement Trend

    There are not many footprints on the path Chris Borland has chosen to walk. His approach to the NFL , and life after it, represents a way of thinking that is very different from the thinking of most of his football forefathers...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 26 days ago 147,480 reads 108 comments

  2. How NFL Teams Prepare for Free Agency

    When the bell rings and bidding begins on the NFL free-agent market, the ensuing scramble can appear to be chaos. The truth is that almost every movement has been carefully choreographed over a period of months...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 month ago 42,828 reads 29 comments

  3. The Duron Carter Story: From Future Star to Rock Bottom and Back Again

    In the beginning, we need to understand the beginning isn't always important. Born to the honey-handed wide receiver and the sweet mother who could have been a medal-winning sprinter, ...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 3 months ago 226,392 reads 158 comments

  4. The Spirit of the Broncos: Pitbull Defender Chris Harris Jr. Can't Be Held Down

    Chris Harris Jr. was not supposed to be here. He was not supposed to be charging out of a tunnel in an NFL stadium to the roar of thousands, let alone starting on the league's third-ranked defense...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 3 months ago 230,416 reads 232 comments

  5. Raiders Have Their QB of the Future in Derek Carr

    When it became apparent really isn't important. It might have been apparent way back in March, when the Raiders were studying quarterbacks in the draft...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 4 months ago 270,732 reads 334 comments

  6. Always Overlooked, Justin Forsett Finally Breaks Through at Highest Level

    Rejection. Dejection. Despair. That's how the story of Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett begins, with a high school senior retreating to the basement of his home in Arlington, Texas, to have a good cry alone...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 4 months ago 64,941 reads 99 comments

  7. The 49ers Strike Gold with Chris Borland, the Next Great 'Too Short' Linebacker

    Last spring, the name Zach Thomas came up in 49ers draft meetings. "Too short, too slow, short arms, but all he did was make plays," someone said...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 5 months ago 248,972 reads 100 comments

  8. Analytics, Patience and Hard Work: How Denard Robinson Found His Spot in the NFL

    When Denard Robinson showed up on the NFL 's doorstep, we kept hearing what he was not. Not a quarterback. At 5'11", he wasn't tall enough, and the tape said he wasn't accurate or consistent enough, either...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 5 months ago 169,659 reads 122 comments

  9. Dan Pompei's Read-Option: Cordarrelle Patterson Primed for Breakout Campaign

    Before Cordarrelle Patterson is anointed as the second coming of Randy Moss , it should be noted that he is trying to learn his second NFL offense in as many years, and he will likely have to adjust to a new quarterback...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 10 months ago 47,696 reads 100 comments

  10. Dan Pompei's Read-Option: Bears Set Up Jay Cutler for His Best Season Yet

    The Bears agreed to pay Jay Cutler $54 million in guaranteed money not because of what he did in 2013, when he missed five games and was outperformed by his backup...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 10 months ago 67,191 reads 242 comments

  11. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Can Packers Help Colt Lyerla Exorcise Past Demons?

    The little guy in Cleveland aside, there may not be a more intriguing prospect from the 2014 NFL draft class than former University of Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 10 months ago 51,624 reads 75 comments

  12. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Who's Really the Best Cornerback in the NFL?

    Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Seattle's Richard Sherman have been nearly as entertaining to listen to as they are to watch. They have gone back and forth and round and round about who the best cornerback in football is, and each has made valid points..

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 64,201 reads 429 comments

  13. Dan Pompei's Read Option: The Case for Expanding the NFL Playoffs

    Over the past 44 years, the NFL playoff field has grown from four teams to eight to 10 to 12, and now more postseason expansion is as inevitable as more urban sprawl...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 144,908 reads 344 comments

  14. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Antics Don't Diminish Ndamukong Suh's Value

    Much has been made of Ndamukong Suh 's whereabouts this spring. The Lions defensive tackle showed up for the first organized team activity Tuesday after missing six weeks of voluntary workouts...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 57,542 reads 132 comments

  15. Dan Pompei's Read Option: What Does the Future Hold for AJ McCarron?

    The late-round pick from the 2014 NFL draft with the best chance of becoming a starter may very well be AJ McCarron . The only catch is he may not become a starter in Cincinnati...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 11 months ago 93,585 reads 134 comments

  16. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Khalil Mack the Smart Pick at No. 1?

    As we creep closer to the draft, more and more people seem to be recognizing the wisdom of Khalil Mack as the first overall pick. One of those people might even be Texans general manager Rick Smith, who controls that pick...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 81,877 reads 119 comments

  17. NFL Teams Make Prospects' Draft Stocks Plummet by Probing for Character Flaws

    With the alleged criminal activity of players such as Aaron Hernandez looming over the draft, NFL teams are increasingly looking for information they can't get from game tape or stopwatches...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 114,484 reads 77 comments

  18. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Is It Worth Trading Up to Draft Jadeveon Clowney?

    In terms of a draft trade, Jadeveon Clowney is cheese in a trap. The mice have sniffed. It is not likely one will bite, though. Clowney is widely regarded as the player who should go first in the draft...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 175 reads 73 comments

  19. Speed Was the All-Consuming Obsession of Al Davis' Raiders

    Al Davis ' Raiders stood for a lot of things. There was the dark side. The feuds. The dominance, and then the dysfunction. But nothing defined them more than their obsession with speed...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 94,148 reads 165 comments

  20. Dan Pompei's Read Option: NFL Draft Has Overabundance of Offensive Players

    Just as offense dominated the NFL regular season, it could dominate the NFL draft. The rich side of the ball should get richer, as the draft offers significantly more offensive talent than defensive talent...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 12 months ago 37,119 reads 28 comments

  21. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Breaking Down the Texans' Options at No. 1

    Every team would like to have the No. 1 selection in the draft. Except the team that has it, that is. Without an Andrew Luck falling from the heavens, it can get complicated...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 72,221 reads 149 comments

  22. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Drafting a Quarterback This Year Is 'A Crapshoot'

    Drafting a quarterback is an art, not a science, so it is understandable that NFL teams have different interpretations of what they are seeing just one month before the draft. From a distance, the quarterback picture seemed less abstract...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 42,975 reads 84 comments

  23. Dan Pompei's Read Option: How Will DeSean Jackson Fit in with the Redskins?

    Of course, DeSean Jackson was not a run-of-the-mill free agent. Any general manager who thought about adding Jackson to his team had to look past the splash plays and consider the ...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 46,308 reads 133 comments

  24. Dan Pompei's Read Option: How Will Michael Vick Fit in with the Jets?

    When a team acquires a middle-of-the-road veteran who is just good enough to play ahead of an inexperienced player with potential, NFL front-office men sometimes say the team is “muddying the waters...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 53,287 reads 59 comments

  25. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Who Will Cam Newton Throw to This Season?

    The Carolina Panthers are about as thin at the wide-receiver position as a properly shaved slice of garlic. Steve Smith is in Baltimore, Brandon LaFell in New England, Ted Ginn Jr...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 1 year ago 32,150 reads 89 comments