1. Draft Misses and Development Failures Forcing the Packers into Free Agency?

    The Green Bay Packers under general manager Ted Thompson have been a draft-and-develop franchise, using free agency only in rare instances to supplement cheaper, homegrown talent...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 17,145 reads 116 comments

  2. Why Calvin Pryor Is a 1st-Round Safety in Today's NFL

    More than just impressive talent is powering the potential for Louisville safety Calvin Pryor to be a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL draft ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 17,567 reads 56 comments

  3. Jared Allen and a Title Contender Look Like a Perfect Free-Agency Match

    Resigned to the fact that his team of the last six years has all but moved on, and with his window of productivity shrinking every season, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 18,801 reads 38 comments

  4. Jim Bob Cooter Adds to Matthew Stafford's Quarterback Support Group

    With every new hire this offseason, the Detroit Lions have reaffirmed their commitment to reviving Matthew Stafford 's development...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 4,407 reads 17 comments

  5. What Is the Future of Julius Peppers with the Chicago Bears?

    There's a very good chance the Chicago Bears ' best player at an already lacking position will either need to accept a significant pay cut in 2014 or risk receiving his walking papers...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 28,310 reads 82 comments

  6. Green Bay Packers Defense Still Trying to Replace Super Bowl Stars

    The Green Bay Packers ' inability to adequately replace departed playmakers on the defensive side might represent the biggest difference between the Super Bowl champion club of ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 11,026 reads 54 comments

  7. What Does Matt Cassel Voiding His Contract Mean for Vikings?

    The decision to void the final year of his contract with the Minnesota Vikings has opened the door for Matt Cassel to understand how badly the new-look Vikings want him back while ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 11,942 reads 43 comments

  8. Facts and Figures Behind the Chicago Bears' Glaring Need at Safety

    Fresh off giving up the most points in franchise history and finishing dead last in the NFL against the run, the Chicago Bears ' much-maligned defense has entered the 2014 offseason with a number of obvious needs...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 10,893 reads 60 comments

  9. Super Bowl XLVIII: Report Card Grades for Key Players and Coaches

    Assigning grades for a Super Bowl this ridiculously lopsided shouldn't be a difficult task. The underdog Seattle Seahawks made quick work of Super Bowl XLVIII, jumping out to ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 14,981 reads 46 comments

  10. Locking Up Joique Bell Should Be a Priority for Detroit Lions

    Rarely is the backup at any position an offseason priority in the NFL , but Joique Bell of the Detroit Lions isn't your average No. 2 running back...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 4,628 reads 18 comments

  11. Why Norv Turner Will Mean Big Things for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

    Norv Turner 's extensive history with talented running backs suggests that the new offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings will get the very best out of Adrian Peterson ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 13,800 reads 11 comments

  12. Lesson Learned? Packers Must Bring Back Matt Flynn

    After a season in which Ted Thompson freely admitted he mishandled the backup quarterback position, the Green Bay Packers general manager can ensure the same mistake isn't made twice by bringing back unrestricted free agent Matt Flynn this spring...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 7,030 reads 22 comments

  13. Revisiting Eddie Lacy's Breakout Rookie Season for the Green Bay Packers

    Appreciation for Eddie Lacy 's rookie season with the Green Bay Packers can come in multiple forms. There's a more singular look, in which Lacy's first year can be valued for ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 8,740 reads 13 comments

  14. Contract Extension Makes Sense for Both Ndamukong Suh and Detroit Lions

    There appears to be mutual interest in a contract extension that would be beneficial for both Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions this offseason...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 13,530 reads 71 comments

  15. Ted Thompson, Packers Unlikely to Make a Splash in Free Agency

    With every new offseason, there is building anticipation that Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson will diverge from his hardened roster-building strategy and get active in unrestricted free agency...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 11,588 reads 111 comments

  16. What Does Joe Lombardi Hire Mean for Matthew Stafford, Lions Offense?

    The Detroit Lions are giving quarterback Matthew Stafford all the resources he needs to get a once promising career back on the right track...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 30,780 reads 95 comments

  17. Packers Need More Out of Often Injured and Underwhelming 2012 Draft Class

    The verdict is still out on the 2012 draft class of the Green Bay Packers . Generally, it takes at least three years to accurately judge the early contributions of an individual draft class...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 11,091 reads 21 comments

  18. Mike Zimmer Has His Work Cut out for Him in Fixing Vikings Defense

    New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is widely considered one of the NFL 's preeminent defensive minds, a verified master of stopping offenses and getting the most out of whatever talent on defense is presented to him...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 5,504 reads 7 comments

  19. What Norv Turner and George Edwards Mean for Mike Zimmer's New-Look Vikings

    Hired by the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, first-time head coach Mike Zimmer will now ask two experienced coordinators to help ease his transition from assistant to head coach...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 35,474 reads 90 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 35,907 reads 183 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 6,625 reads 30 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 14,247 reads 50 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 10,117 reads 4 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 16,807 reads 102 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 20,837 reads 220 comments