1. 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 8 months ago 5,426 reads 7 comments

  2. 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 8 months ago 35,084 reads 90 comments

  3. 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 8 months ago 35,721 reads 183 comments

  4. 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 8 months ago 6,538 reads 30 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 12,424 reads 50 comments

  6. 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 9 months ago 9,743 reads 4 comments

  7. 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 9 months ago 16,514 reads 103 comments

  8. 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 9 months ago 20,481 reads 236 comments

  9. 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 9 months ago 11,394 reads 146 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 41,823 reads 123 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 7,166 reads 19 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 40,391 reads 237 comments

  13. 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 9 months ago 13,331 reads 23 comments

  14. 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 9 months ago 10,461 reads 71 comments

  15. 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 9 months ago 23,318 reads 61 comments

  16. 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 9 months ago 26,738 reads 421 comments

  17. 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 9 months ago 331 reads 1 comments

  18. 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 9 months ago 5,771 reads 4 comments

  19. 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 9 months ago 4,196 reads 27 comments

  20. 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 9 months ago 22,419 reads 122 comments

  21. 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 9 months ago 8,073 reads 7 comments

  22. 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 9 months ago 12,628 reads 110 comments

  23. 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 9 months ago 6,388 reads 91 comments

  24. 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 9 months ago 1,691 reads 4 comments

  25. 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 9 months ago 5,117 reads 24 comments