1. 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 6 months ago 28,009 reads 82 comments

  2. 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 6 months ago 10,868 reads 54 comments

  3. 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 6 months ago 11,784 reads 43 comments

  4. 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 6 months ago 10,604 reads 60 comments

  5. 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 6 months ago 14,948 reads 46 comments

  6. 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 6 months ago 4,426 reads 18 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 12,667 reads 11 comments

  8. 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 6 months ago 6,788 reads 22 comments

  9. 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 6 months ago 7,984 reads 13 comments

  10. 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 6 months ago 12,669 reads 71 comments

  11. 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 6 months ago 11,472 reads 111 comments

  12. 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 6 months ago 30,273 reads 95 comments

  13. 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 6 months ago 11,009 reads 21 comments

  14. 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 6 months ago 5,414 reads 7 comments

  15. 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 6 months ago 34,681 reads 90 comments

  16. 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 7 months ago 35,610 reads 183 comments

  17. 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 7 months ago 6,478 reads 30 comments

  18. 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 7 months ago 12,161 reads 50 comments

  19. 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 7 months ago 9,607 reads 4 comments

  20. 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 7 months ago 16,288 reads 103 comments

  21. 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 7 months ago 20,290 reads 236 comments

  22. 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 7 months ago 11,302 reads 146 comments

  23. 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 7 months ago 41,692 reads 123 comments

  24. 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 7 months ago 7,132 reads 19 comments

  25. 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 7 months ago 40,322 reads 237 comments