1. 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 3 months ago 47,212 reads 100 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 67,002 reads 242 comments

  3. 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 3 months ago 51,441 reads 75 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 63,520 reads 429 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 144,585 reads 344 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 57,258 reads 132 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 93,257 reads 134 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 81,744 reads 119 comments

  9. 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 5 months ago 114,092 reads 77 comments

  10. 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 5 months ago 64,402 reads 73 comments

  11. 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 5 months ago 92,435 reads 164 comments

  12. 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 5 months ago 36,994 reads 28 comments

  13. 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 5 months ago 72,133 reads 149 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 42,845 reads 84 comments

  15. 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 6 months ago 46,170 reads 133 comments

  16. 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 6 months ago 53,038 reads 59 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 32,003 reads 89 comments

  18. Dan Pompei's Read Option: Early Free-Agency Takeaways

    The numbers that stand out about Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and DeMarcus Ware are 128.5, 119 and 117—their career sack totals. They rank 12th, 17th and 18th, respectively, on the all-time sack list...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 6 months ago 83,615 reads 45 comments

  19. Dan Pompei's Read Option: How Valuable Is Free-Agent Safety Jairus Byrd?

    Now that some players with expiring contracts have re-upped with their home teams and others have been tagged, there is one potential free agent who stands above the rest: Bills safety Jairus Byrd...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 6 months ago 126,174 reads 78 comments

  20. Dan Pompei's Read Option: New Dolphins GM Believes Team Has 'Strong Foundation'

    It is debatable if any man could be completely prepared to take a seat in the general manager's chair of the Miami Dolphins. At least Dennis Hickey has a wide breadth of experience to draw from after 18 years in the league...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 7 months ago 13,425 reads 13 comments

  21. Johnny Manziel Proving an Enigma for NFL Front Offices

    After canvassing eight front-office men about Johnny Manziel, here is my conclusion: He can be a home run. Or he can be a strikeout on three pitches in the dirt. There clearly is great upside with Johnny Football...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 7 months ago 29,485 reads 35 comments

  22. Bountygate Coach Gregg Williams a Good Fit with Rams and Head Coach Jeff Fisher

    Some people have wondered how the reputable Jeff Fisher could partner up with former outlaw Gregg Williams. But people who understand them and the St. Louis Rams wondered how Fisher could not hire Williams to be his defensive coordinator...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 7 months ago 19,064 reads 13 comments

  23. Seahawks Remind Offense-Obsessed NFL That Defense Still Wins in the Playoffs

    If there is one takeaway from the 2013 season, it is this: good old-fashioned, simple defense still wins football games...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 7 months ago 25,847 reads 180 comments

  24. What's Behind Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson's Slump?

    Changing direction is a skill we've seen from Russell Wilson . He'll need to show it again Sunday in the Super Bowl if the Seahawks are going to beat the Broncos. In the last six games, Wilson has a passer rating of 82...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 8 months ago 59,630 reads 262 comments

  25. Behind the Scenes with an NFL General Manager at the Senior Bowl

    MOBILE, Ala. — There will be dinners at a fancy steak house, player interviews with the aid of a high-tech gadget and a hiring that could have a profound influence on the future of his front office...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 8 months ago 17,869 reads 19 comments