1. Jim Caldwell a Perfect Fit at Head Coach for the Detroit Lions

    Shortly after relieving Jim Schwartz of his head coaching duties, Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew presented a candidly specific profile of the next man they wanted to be in charge of the franchise...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 35,873 reads 183 comments

  2. Lions' Next Head Coach Will Be Directly Tied to Development of Matthew Stafford

    Credit the Detroit Lions for being inherently aware that the eventual fate of their next head coach is tied with an overhand knot to quarterback Matthew Stafford ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 6,619 reads 30 comments

  3. How the Chicago Bears Got the Best End of Jay Cutler's Contract Extension

    While most scoffed at the baseline numbers of Jay Cutler 's contract extension—set at seven years, $126...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 14,058 reads 50 comments

  4. Why Packers QB Coach Ben McAdoo Is Such an Intriguing Name in Coaching Circles

    Back in 1999, then Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president Joe Banner teamed with owner Jeffrey Lurie and director of football operations Tom Modrak to choose Andy Reid—a ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 10,057 reads 4 comments

  5. Fixing the Green Bay Packers Defense Must Start at Safety

    The calamitous season turned in by the safeties of the Green Bay Packers should make it very clear where general manager Ted Thompson needs to begin his defensive fix...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 16,736 reads 102 comments

  6. Packers GM Ted Thompson Has Failed to Build a Championship-Caliber Defense

    Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has used a significant amount of draft capital over the last three seasons to build a defense that simply isn't championship worthy...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 20,730 reads 220 comments

  7. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers Continue to Be Packers' Kryptonite

    The San Francisco 49ers are proving to be a reincarnation of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys for the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 11,529 reads 145 comments

  8. San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers: Previewing NFC Wild Card Matchup

    A rivalry that once helped define the NFC in the 1990s is returning with a vengeance in the early stages of the 2010s. The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers once faced off six different times during a three-year stretch from 1996 to 1999.

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 42,086 reads 121 comments

  9. Packers' Revenge over the 49ers Must Come in a Perfect Package

    The Green Bay Packers don't have a snazzy, rousing theme for this coming Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers will roll into an expectedly frigid Lambeau Field for the NFC Wild Card Round...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 7,231 reads 19 comments

  10. Jay Cutler's Contract Extension Is Best Move for Present and Future of the Bears

    Less than a week after Marc Trestman 's first season with the Chicago Bears ended in relative disappointment, the quarterback controversy that was pegged to dominate Chicago's offseason was hastily resolved...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 40,503 reads 237 comments

  11. What's Changed for Packers, 49ers Since Week 1 Showdown?

    The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers have been down this long, twisting road before. For the second time in as many seasons, the Packers and 49ers will meet in the playoffs after facing off in the season opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 13,389 reads 23 comments

  12. Lions Have the Pieces in Place with the Right Fit at Head Coach

    One play away. Those three simple words have been used ad nauseam by Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions over the last two seasons...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 10,432 reads 71 comments

  13. What's Next for the Minnesota Vikings After Firing Leslie Frazier?

    For the first time since 2010 and the third time since the Wilf family bought the franchise in 2005, the Minnesota Vikings are making a change at head coach...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 23,362 reads 61 comments

  14. Jay Cutler More Than Deserves to Be Bears' QB of the Future

    The disappointment of once again falling short of the postseason should not cloud the decision-making process that lies ahead of the Chicago Bears on soon-to-be free agent quarterback Jay Cutler ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 26,929 reads 421 comments

  15. The Biggest Pro Bowl Snub for Every NFC North Team

    The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters were announced Friday night , and like every year before this one, the NFL 's all-star game once again left out more than its share of deserving players...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 355 reads 1 comments

  16. Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Previewing Week 17 NFC North Showdown

    The 188th meeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will determine which disappointing and underachieving team will be crowned champion of the volatile NFC North. The records may not be pretty, but there's plenty on the line...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 6,002 reads 4 comments

  17. Final Test Awaits Bears Historically Poor Run Defense

    The run defense of the Chicago Bears will have one more opportunity to salvage a season and ensure that 2013 isn't painted all over the Bears record books. And not in a good way...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,343 reads 27 comments

  18. How Aaron Rodgers' Return Gives Packers Huge Advantage Over Bears

    It took seven games, four losses and 55 days, but the Green Bay Packers are finally getting back quarterback Aaron Rodgers . And just in time...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 22,517 reads 122 comments

  19. How Will the Packers Overcome Injuries in Week 17?

    It's probably only fitting that the already-battered Green Bay Packers would go into this season's final contest with a roster that is once again hurting...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 8,132 reads 6 comments

  20. Where Do the Detroit Lions Go from Here?

    Officially eliminated from the postseason after a fifth loss in six games, the Detroit Lions can now start focusing their attention on the many changes that need to be made to ensure a similar fate doesn't repeat itself in the future...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 12,688 reads 110 comments

  21. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Leave Everything on the Line for Week 17

    So much about the Chicago Bears ' short- and long-term future will be decided in Week 17. Sunday night's 54-11 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles meant Chicago didn't clinch the NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 6,499 reads 91 comments

  22. Breaking Down Week 16 for the NFC North

    Few weeks in recent memory have featured the combination of fascination and playoff ramifications like the one ahead in the always turbulent NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 1,703 reads 4 comments

  23. Risk and Reward Remain at the Center of Aaron Rodgers' Return

    The fractured collarbone of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not be completely healed by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers arrive at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,171 reads 24 comments

  24. Is Matthew Stafford the Real Tony Romo?

    Save for being polar opposites on the draft scale, Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo aren't all that different quarterbacks. Both are big-armed, risk-taking gunslingers. Both have huge contracts indicative of elite players at their position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 38,813 reads 256 comments

  25. Jim Schwartz's Lions Are Good, but Not Good Enough

    With everything around them falling uncharacteristically into place earlier this season, the Detroit Lions have predictably thrown it all away during a five-game stretch that has ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,857 reads 53 comments