1. The Evolution of the Legion of Boom: Becoming Even Better Through Brotherhood

    RENTON, Wash. — Kam Chancellor is a training camp ghost, a presence everyone feels but cannot see. For most of camp, the only time Earl Thomas made the practice tape is when ...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 7 days ago 141,645 reads 111 comments

  2. Can Melvin Gordon Become the Chargers' Next LaDainian Tomlinson?

    SAN DIEGO — In the Southern California summer sun, Melvin Gordon takes the football from Philip Rivers in his midsection and steps hard into the gap between center and left guard...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 9 days ago 107,938 reads 136 comments

  3. Jared Allen Buying into the New Bears Regime—and a New Position

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — After the 2013 season, the Minnesota Vikings were looking for a new coach. Jared Allen , whose contract was expiring soon, had something to say about it...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 10 days ago 76,867 reads 67 comments

  4. How Ben Roethlisberger Grew Up and Became One of the NFL's Great Teammates

    On a sunny summer morning at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on Pittsburgh's South Side, we find wide receiver Markus Wheaton running a crossing route. He catches a dart from Ben Roethlisberger in an OTA practice...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 22 days ago 300,542 reads 192 comments

  5. 'Aloha, Y'all': How the Titans Are Preparing Marcus Mariota for NFL Stardom

    It was at Sandy Beach on Oahu's South Shore where Marcus Mariota grew up. But as a quarterback, he's going to have to grow up in a place near Music Row in Nashvegas, just a pleasant walk past the Johnny Cash Museum and over the Cumberland River...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 3 months ago 150,200 reads 244 comments

  6. Jameis Winston's Elaborate Campaign to Be Trusted as the NFL Draft's No. 1 Pick

    Within minutes, maybe seconds, of the start of the 2015 NFL draft, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will become the face of a franchise. And then he may become the face of the NFL...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 4 months ago 109,916 reads 307 comments

  7. The One That Got Away: NFL Execs Tell the Tales of Their Biggest Draft Misses

    As Bill Tobin prepared to leave his suburban Chicago home shortly before sunup on May 4, 1979, his wife Dusene asked him who he thought the Bears would draft that day...

    Dan Pompei Written by Dan Pompei about 4 months ago 173,774 reads 121 comments

  8. 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 5 months ago 147,697 reads 107 comments

  9. 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 6 months ago 42,915 reads 29 comments

  10. 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 7 months ago 227,057 reads 158 comments

  11. 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 8 months ago 230,601 reads 232 comments

  12. 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 8 months ago 270,878 reads 334 comments

  13. 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 9 months ago 65,109 reads 98 comments

  14. 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 9 months ago 249,273 reads 100 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 169,838 reads 122 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 47,720 reads 100 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 67,202 reads 242 comments

  18. 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 1 year ago 51,640 reads 75 comments

  19. 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 1 year ago 64,268 reads 429 comments

  20. 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 1 year ago 144,915 reads 344 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 57,582 reads 132 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 93,660 reads 134 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 81,885 reads 119 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 114,550 reads 77 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 179 reads 73 comments