1. Why Derek Carr Can Be a Super Sophomore with the Oakland Raiders

    The Oakland Raiders have good reason to believe second-year quarterback Derek Carr will become a franchise quarterback, but there are still lingering concerns about his play...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 27 days ago 28,727 reads 141 comments

  2. Can the Chiefs Get More from Passing Game with Alex Smith at Quarterback?

    The Kansas City Chiefs want to get more from the passing game in 2015. That much is obvious after signing free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in the first round and selecting athletic receiver Chris Conley in the third round...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 9,193 reads 44 comments

  3. Why the NFL Won't Pick Winners (or a Loser) in Race to Los Angeles

    For three fan bases, the arrival of the 2015 season will induce as much nervousness as excitement. That's because any of the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers or Oakland Raiders could end up with Los Angeles in their name next season...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 21,910 reads 77 comments

  4. Peyton Manning May Not Love It, but Gary Kubiak Is Good for Him

    The relationship between Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and head coach Gary Kubiak will likely determine how much success the team has in 2015...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 32,114 reads 96 comments

  5. Biggest Questions Facing Every NFL Team Following the Offseason

    The NFL offseason is officially over. In roughly six weeks, teams will report to training camp to get ready for the 50th season of the Super Bowl era...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 22,033 reads 71 comments

  6. The NFL All-Offseason Buzz Team

    There is nothing like a few non-padded practices to get hype trains moving. They are little more than buzz generators for the NFL , but fans are hungry for positive stories about their teams...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 85,619 reads 66 comments

  7. Corey Liuget Has Much to Prove to Justify Huge Payday from San Diego Chargers

    He has talent, he’s young, and he was set to become a free agent in 2016, so the San Diego Chargers re-signed defensive end Corey Liuget, the team announced ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 11,670 reads 32 comments

  8. Can the Broncos' 3-Headed Pass-Rush Attack Become the NFL's Best?

    The Denver Broncos had 41 sacks last year, which would be a decent total had they not also faced the most pass attempts. In terms of sack percentage, the Broncos were below average at an even 6 percent ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 6,614 reads 28 comments

  9. D.J. Hayden Enters Make-or-Break Year as Key Player on Raiders Defense

    The Oakland Raiders undoubtedly improved the talent of the roster this offseason, but they didn ’t address the cornerback position or bring in a top pass-rusher...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 28,276 reads 71 comments

  10. Why Coaches with NFL Playing Experience Are Key to Offseason Success

    If we are being honest, most of the NFL offseason program isn’t that important for certain players...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 22,004 reads 19 comments

  11. Offseason Issues Demonstrating Major Crisis of Leadership for Chargers

    Quarterback Philip Rivers has been reluctant to engage in long-term contract talks with the San Diego Chargers this offseason. At first, he didn ’t want to talk at all, fueling trade speculation prior to the draft...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 5,742 reads 39 comments

  12. Have the Chiefs Become the NFL's Most Overlooked Team?

    The offensive line is bad. Alex Smith isn ’t an elite quarterback. No wide receivers caught a touchdown pass last season. Outside linebacker Justin Houston is going to hold out...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 8,825 reads 26 comments

  13. Why the NFL Is Primed for a Technological Revolution

    The NFL is a slow-moving machine by today’s standards. It didn’t upgrade to high-definition “All-22” coaching film until 2013, even though most colleges and many high schools had already invested in it...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 1 month ago 12,693 reads 15 comments

  14. 10 Late-Round Picks Who Could Get Early Playing Time

    When NFL teams select draft picks in the first three rounds, they expect them to contribute. Players drafted on Day 1 and Day 2 should be key backups at worst, preferably rotational players and ideally starters...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 56,517 reads 99 comments

  15. Athleticism, Smarts Will Help Chris Conley Play DeSean Jackson Role for Chiefs

    The Kansas City Chiefs were able to sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to fill a major need thanks in part to his prior relationship with head coach Andy Reid...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 9,988 reads 12 comments

  16. Playing Boom or Bust with the 10 Biggest Moves of the 2015 NFL Offseason

    Some of the biggest coaching moves, trades and signings in the NFL this offseason will be successes and some will be failures. We know from history that not every team actually wins the offseason despite what most fans are feeling in May...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 110,762 reads 308 comments

  17. What's Next in the Oakland Raiders' Road Back to Relevance?

    It’s been a long time since the Oakland Raiders were relevant in the NFL . The last time they were even in the playoff conversation was in 2011, when they were 7-4 after 11 games...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 21,027 reads 55 comments

  18. Clive Walford Could Be Key Player in Raiders' Offensive Revival

    The Oakland Raiders made a point to give quarterback Derek Carr weapons this offseason. General manager Reggie McKenzie added wide receiver Michael Crabtree , running back Roy Helu Jr...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 4,391 reads 5 comments

  19. Aggressive Nature, Play Often Pays Dividends for NFL Teams

    NFL stadiums might be the closest thing in modern culture to the Roman Colosseum, but rule changes in recent years to make the game safer have aimed to change that...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 2 months ago 11,864 reads 25 comments

  20. Time Has Come for Chargers to Move D.J. Fluker to Guard

    It’s clear the San Diego Chargers are trying to take some pressure off quarterback Philip Rivers by improving their running game this offseason...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 8,808 reads 37 comments

  21. How Aging Quarterbacks Could Prompt Shift Toward Ground Game in the NFL

    You can hardly go a day without hearing or reading that the NFL is a “passing league.” There’s also scant statistical evidence to suggest that statement is wrong—at least not right now...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 6,392 reads 9 comments

  22. Will Youth Movement in Oakland Pay Dividends for Struggling Raiders?

    For the Oakland Raiders , the 2015 NFL draft was another opportunity to get younger after having the league’s oldest roster in 2014 ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 20,919 reads 114 comments

  23. NFL Draft 2015: The Worst Picks of the Year

    The only truly bad picks in the NFL draft are the ones that don't work out, but it will be years before we can definitely determine the successes and failures of the 2015 draft class...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 433,010 reads 239 comments

  24. Can Owamagbe Odighizuwa Be Giants' Next Great Pass-Rusher?

    Not everyone loved when the New York Giants selected offensive lineman Ereck Flowers with the ninth overall selection of the draft, but few can argue with the need fit and what they were able to accomplish on Day 2...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 16,677 reads 34 comments

  25. Raiders Made Rare Smart Choice with Amari Cooper at Top of 1st Round

    These aren’t your momma’s Oakland Raiders . After years of wasting their first-round draft picks on athletes instead of football players, the Raiders made the rare ...

    Christopher Hansen Written by Christopher Hansen about 3 months ago 39,986 reads 171 comments