1. 2010 NFL Featured Columnist Mock Draft: The New England Patriots Take...

    With the 22nd pick in the 2010 NFL (Mock) Draft, the New England Patriots select Jared Odrick, defensive lineman, Penn State. At pick 22, the New England Patriots are stuck in that awful "orange" zone of picks...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 2,968 reads 15 comments

  2. Pay That Man: Vince Wilfork Franchised by New England Patriots

    The inevitable happened today as the New England Patriots filed the paperwork with the NFL's offices to designate Vince Wilfork as a non-exclusive franchise player...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 633 reads 8 comments

  3. Can't Cash In: The NFL Free Agents Hurt Most if Salary Cap Is Kicked

    Much has been made about the possibility of an uncapped year in the NFL if the owners and union are not able to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement in the next few weeks...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 1,142 reads 21 comments

  4. Colts President Bill Polian Blames Line for Loss, May Have DVR'ed Wrong Game

    Edit note: Originally called Polian the owner, not the president. It's late and I'm an idiot. -TJ Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian has had a rough couple of weeks...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 1,222 reads 9 comments

  5. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Their Now Divergent Paths

    In the afterglow of the New Orleans Saints taking home Super Bowl XLIV, it might be important to take some time to process what we've just seen. It would be easy to destroy Manning's reputation...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 1,505 reads 14 comments

  6. Franchise Tag Will Keep New England Patriots, Vince Wilfork, In the Cold

    On the face of it, one would think that New England Patriots and Vince Wilfork should be happy with each other. Six years together, two Pro Bowl selections, two Super Bowl appearances, with ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 724 reads 3 comments

  7. 2010 Super Bowl: Saints and Colts Matchup Shows Why History's at Risk

    All year long we've seen and heard consistently that passing is at an all-time high in the NFL. I made the case myself just a few months back that the NFL is, above all else, a passing league...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 1,685 reads 3 comments

  8. New England Patriots: Looking to Draft, Five Positions That Need Most Improvement

    As the Patriots begin their offseason a little bit early, there won't be much time for the coaches and personnel people to collect their thoughts before thoughts of 2010 begin to take over. The draft is just three months away...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 1,327 reads 6 comments

  9. New England Patriots: The Worth of a Dynasty

    I tend to bristle at this time of year when people discuss the New England Patriots' dynasty like some old god finally pulled down off his throne; as though Bill Belichick could breathe some ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 581 reads 2 comments

  10. NFL Playoffs: The Five Unsung Names You Should Know For Round One

    As the regular season winds to a close and we begin the playoffs, it becomes more and more crucial for everyone to be at the top of their game...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 585 reads 3 comments

  11. NFL Playoffs: Ranking the 12 Quarterbacks Left Standing, Worst To First

    In any number of ways, this past decade could rightfully be called the decade of the passer. In 2009, this is especially true...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 4,859 reads 50 comments

  12. Mike Shanahan and Jim Zorn: The NFL Coaching Merry-Go-Round Continues

    With Mike Shanahan seemingly closing in on a deal to take over the coaching reins in Washington, D.C., hearts are breaking in upstate New York. But having lived in D.C. the past three years, I can tell you it's a familiar feeling for Washington...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 272 reads 0 comments

  13. Wes Welker's Knee and Patriots' Playoff Hopes Have One Thing in Common

    They're shredded. I'm not saying the Patriots can't win the playoffs, but to do so would be a feat on par with what the 2007 Giants pulled off during their improbable run to the title...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 730 reads 7 comments

  14. Peyton Manning and Colts Last To Lose: Is Perfection Really Worth It?

    In many ways, it's all the Dolphins' fault. It's the Dolphins—those pesky, perfect Dolphins—who maintain their hold on the national consciousness every year and deprive great teams of the rightful place at the top of the heap...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about almost 5 years ago 743 reads 21 comments

  15. NFL Playoff Scenarios: With NFC Teams All but Set, Who's Primed for the Big Run?

    This is a breakdown of the NFC playoff picture, for a look at the AFC and which teams are in the best shape to grab the two Wild Card berths, see here...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 3,299 reads 1 comments

  16. NFL Playoff Scenarios: Ravens, Broncos Lead Crowded AFC Wild Card Race

    One of the truths you have to accept when you write about a sport like the NFL is just how ephemeral our conclusions can be...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 9,754 reads 12 comments

  17. All Flights Grounded: The Most Feared Defensive Backs in the NFL

    One of the toughest positions in the NFL is that of the defensive back. Your failures are magnified and, barring the infrequent big play or big hit, your successes are forgotten...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 1,529 reads 7 comments

  18. The Randy Moss Conundrum: His Old Back or Back to His Old Ways?

    Anybody who believes in the old football axiom that winning cures everything clearly didn't see the performance of the New England Patriots on Sunday...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 702 reads 12 comments

  19. Super Bowl XLIV: Is It Time To Write Off the New England Patriots?

    With the decade drawing to a close, there have already been thousands of column inches dedicated to the ultimately meaningless question of (cue dramatic music) Team of the Decade...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 704 reads 30 comments

  20. Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, and The Best Rookies of 2009

    In the NFL more than just about any other sport, the draft can make or break a franchise. Rookies in the league are required to learn on the job and, right from the beginning, are expected to contribute...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 143 reads 15 comments

  21. And the New Orleans Saints Go Marching In: New Orleans Now Super Bowl Favorites

    Last night's game was one of those touchstone games of the year, the kind of event that will make this regular season memorable for two fanbases. For New Orleans, this was, as was repeated throughout the postgame, their franchise's "signature win...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 936 reads 5 comments

  22. NFL's Change in Stance on Concussions Encouraging, Overdue

    Jay Glazer of Fox Sports broke news this past weekend that the NFL will begin to require that teams consult independent neurologists or neurosurgeons prior to clearing players to play medically when reporting symptoms of a head injury...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 174 reads 1 comments

  23. Up in the Air: NFC East, AFC North Highlight Undecided Playoff Picture

    It's funny how little the first six games can mean in a talent-driven league like the NFL. After six contests, the San Diego Chargers were a massively disappointing 2-3 while the Denver Broncos ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 429 reads 6 comments

  24. Decade of the Quarterback? Why Passing in the NFL Is As Solid As Ever

    Patriots? Colts? Steelers? Brady? Manning? Roethlisberger? Lost in much of the discussion over which team is the best of the decade is just how much more successful quarterbacks have been at passing the ball as the decade has worn on...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 404 reads 4 comments

  25. Bill Belichick, Fourth and Two, and the Decision of the Decade

    Early 20th century newspaperman Heywood Broun once wrote that "great circumstances produce great actors." Well, we saw the opposite last night as one of the principal players of this little ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 2,022 reads 19 comments