1. Ray Guy: Inside the Legacy of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee

    The NFL has long downplayed the importance of punting. Maybe that’s because a punt is an admission of failure of the offense or because monster punts don’t often make highlight reels...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 10,338 reads 24 comments

  2. Oakland Raiders: Don't Panic on D.J. Hayden

    The Oakland Raiders traded down from No. 3 to No. 12 overall to select cornerback D.J. Hayden in the 2013 NFL draft, but to this point they haven’t gotten much out of him...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 27,898 reads 81 comments

  3. NFL Teams with the Biggest Question Marks at Start of Training Camps

    It's a quarterback-driven league, so it should come as no surprise that the teams with the biggest question marks at the start of training camps have quarterback issues. However, a question at quarterback can't be the only problem teams are facing...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 48,147 reads 54 comments

  4. Are the Oakland Raiders Poised for the NFL's Biggest Turnaround in 2014?

    The Oakland Raiders have been an NFL doormat for a long time. Nefarious fans of other teams around the league like to remind Raider Nation of this fact every chance they get...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 55,677 reads 138 comments

  5. Can Peyton Manning, Broncos Offense Actually Improve in 2014?

    After a 2014 season in which the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning made history on offense, everyone is wondering how they will fare against a tougher schedule...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 6,159 reads 14 comments

  6. Vance Walker Is Catalyst for Evolution of Chiefs Defense

    There are usually two primary goals of the offseason for NFL teams. One is to improve the team’s personnel, and the other is to improve how to use the personnel...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 4,139 reads 4 comments

  7. Are Dwayne Bowe's Best Days Behind Him?

    In Week 3 of the upcoming 2014 season, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will turn 30. A career-worst season in terms of yards per game in 2013 isn ’t a ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 5,680 reads 11 comments

  8. NFL Stars Facing Biggest Adjustments with New Team

    When the new league year starts every March, so does free agency, where teams use the period to remake their rosters with the discarded stars of yesteryear. Some stars still have plenty left in the tank, while others are nearing the end of the line...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 26,774 reads 18 comments

  9. Making the Case for Rod Streater as the Oakland Raiders' No. 1 Wide Receiver

    The Oakland Raiders made a multitude of moves during the 2014 offseason, but despite dozens of upgrades, general manager Reggie McKenzie was unable to find a No. 1 wide receiver...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 15,513 reads 43 comments

  10. Is the 2014 Season Wes Welker's Final Act?

    When the Denver Broncos signed slot receiver Wes Welker away from the New England Patriots in 2013, the move received high marks across the board. It also seemed to pay off in a big way because the Broncos had a record-setting offense in 2013...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 7,287 reads 10 comments

  11. Buying and Selling the AFC West Teams Improving in 2014

    Every team wants to improve in 2014, but not every team will. Improvement can also mean different things to different teams. There are dozens of factors that determine if a team improves, which is why the NFL can be so hard to predict...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 43,233 reads 213 comments

  12. Rookies to Watch in Training Camps This Summer

    Everyone keeps close tabs on first-round NFL draft picks because they often have starting jobs or significant roles handed to them on a platter. It’s rarely a surprise when a top pick unseats a veteran...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 29,071 reads 36 comments

  13. Despite Monster Numbers, Jamaal Charles Still Doesn't Get Attention He Deserves

    If you find yourself debating who the best running back in the NFL is over the course of the next few months, don’t be afraid to say Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 19,103 reads 139 comments

  14. Why Justin Houston's Holdout Is Good for the Kansas City Chiefs

    Justin Houston has established himself as one of the best outside linebackers in the league. Now, he wants the Kansas City Chiefs to pay him like one...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 7,849 reads 11 comments

  15. Demaryius Thomas Extension Could Be a Challenge for the Denver Broncos

    Since quarterback Peyton Manning ’s arrival in Denver in 2012, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has been one of the best receivers in the league...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 13,999 reads 41 comments

  16. A Guide to NFL Offseason Holdouts

    Every year there are a few players who holdout of mandatory offseason workouts. In nearly every case, their motivations are the same...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 17,942 reads 25 comments

  17. Can Dee Ford Be Kansas City's Next Great Pass-Rusher?

    When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted pass-rusher Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, there were a lot of analysts scratching their heads...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 3,526 reads 7 comments

  18. Can Derek Carr Take the Starting QB Job in Oakland in Rookie Season?

    The Oakland Raiders haven’t had a winning season since 2002. One big reason for that painful truth has been the team’s inability to find a franchise quarterback since the retirement of Rich Gannon...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 20,381 reads 94 comments

  19. Are the Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Line Concerns Overblown?

    There is no shortage of reasons why the Kansas City Chiefs could take a step backward in 2014. Some will cite a tougher schedule and others, like Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com , will cite certain projectable statistics...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 10,262 reads 18 comments

  20. How Roger Goodell Can Realistically Improve the NFL Product

    The NFL is a dominant force in sports, the media and even with its apparel. One would think the NFL has it figured out and there wouldn't be a whole lot that commissioner Roger ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 4 months ago 3,118 reads 19 comments

  21. Why Donald Brown Will Replace Ryan Mathews as Chargers' Top Back

    The San Diego Chargers head into the 2014 season with a crowded backfield that includes Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead , free-agent acquisition Donald Brown and rookie sixth-round pick Marion Grice ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 4 months ago 22,231 reads 37 comments

  22. The Kansas City Chiefs Shouldn't Pay Alex Smith Like an Elite Quarterback

    Kansas City Chiefs ’ general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid made the decision to trade two second-round picks for Alex Smith last year, knowing that his contract would expire at the end of the 2014 season...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 4 months ago 7,898 reads 60 comments

  23. What Can the Raiders Do to Help Matt Schaub Rebound in 2014?

    Calling quarterback Matt Schaub ’s 2013 season a down year would be like calling the atomic bomb a weapon of some destruction...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 4 months ago 19,640 reads 77 comments

  24. Peyton Manning's Trust Key to Playing Time for Cody Latimer

    For a receiver, having Peyton Manning as the quarterback throwing you the ball is like a dream come true. Manning has been great for the careers of many wide receivers...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 4 months ago 11,259 reads 4 comments

  25. Rebuilding Raiders Hoping Trenches Key to Turnaround

    The Oakland Raiders are just starting the reconstruction phase of their rebuild. After two grueling years of roster deconstruction, general manager Reggie McKenzie finally had the resources to make significant improvements in 2014...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 4 months ago 25,994 reads 117 comments