1. J.J. Watt Is NFL's Best Player, but Not Its Most Important

    In early July, for the first time since the NFL Network started taking annual player polls on the topic in 2011, a defender was chosen as the best player in the NFL...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 42,220 reads 144 comments

  2. Buying or Selling Every Top Rookie QB as a Week 1 Starter

    Let's take you back to the second weekend of November 2007, Week 10 on the '07 NFL schedule. That particular weekend is significant because it marked the last time the NFL had no rookies starting at quarterback...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 34,523 reads 47 comments

  3. In-Flux Steelers Defense Couldn't Afford to Risk Losing Cam Heyward

    Nobody is worried about the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Potential future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberber is coming off a career year in which he led the league in passing yardage and ranked third with a passer rating of 103...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 14,580 reads 26 comments

  4. The 2010s Could Be a Decade Without an NFL Dynasty

    It's a rather neat coincidence that practically every so-called dynasty in NFL history has become synonymous with a particular decade. The Green Bay Packers' four championships in the 1930s...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 22,885 reads 154 comments

  5. By Locking Up Dez Bryant, Cowboys Extend Championship Window

    In an era where offense trumps defense and passing trumps running, the Dallas Cowboys appear to have the ideal ingredients for Super Bowl success...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 67,942 reads 376 comments

  6. Can Teddy Bridgewater Lead the Next Wave of Elite NFL Quarterbacks?

    It's no secret, nor is it often disputed, that the NFL possesses more franchises than franchise quarterbacks. And recent trends have only highlighted the scarcity of elite signal-callers breaking into the league...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 19,293 reads 110 comments

  7. Dallas Cowboys Don't Need a 'Lead Dog' at Running Back

    This spring, when they refused to pay big bucks to retain running back DeMarco Murray, the Dallas Cowboys became the first team in NFL history to let a reigning Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year leave town...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 41,776 reads 134 comments

  8. Predicting Where Top Remaining NFL Free Agents Will Sign

    It's hard to believe it's been three months since the new league year arrived and free agents were free to move about the country. We've since endured every wave of free agency along with the draft and organized team activities...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 90,029 reads 93 comments

  9. Is 2015 a Make-or-Break Year for Cam Newton?

    Just last month, Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton signed a jaw-dropping new contract that could pay him $103.8 million over five years and guarantees him $31 million for 2015 alone...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 14,155 reads 123 comments

  10. St. Louis Rams Should Stay Patient, Wait on Nick Foles Extension

    NFL general managers who don't have a franchise quarterback in their stable are constantly on a quest to find one...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 13,975 reads 16 comments

  11. Breaking Down Adrian Peterson's Chances of Setting New Rushing Records

    It's a good thing Adrian Peterson 's play has earned him the right to make bold statements, because the Minnesota Vikings running back is 30 years old and coming off a season in which he played just one game...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 10,244 reads 12 comments

  12. Is It Possible to Win a Super Bowl Without a Star Quarterback?

    If you were to look at the Buffalo Bills as they exist right now and forget about one particular position—one isolated spot among 53 on the depth chart —you'd swear Buffalo was on the verge of contending for a Super Bowl...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 20,615 reads 143 comments

  13. At Current Pace, Aaron Rodgers Is on Track to Shatter Most QB Records

    Aaron Rodgers is really good at football. This much is indisputable. Nobody will argue that the two-time MVP isn't already one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, and ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 96,045 reads 153 comments

  14. Neither Eli Manning, Giants Need to Rush or Panic over Contract Extension

    Maybe Eli Manning is being his polite self, or maybe the New York Giants quarterback is smart enough to know that a contract extension this offseason isn't necessarily best for him...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 2,940 reads 20 comments

  15. Patriots Best Served Using No-Nonsense Approach with Brandon Spikes, Others

    Brandon Spikes appears to be in trouble. No charges have been filed against the veteran linebacker, but Massachusetts police at 3:30 a.m...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 19,144 reads 114 comments

  16. In Court of Public Opinion, Roger Goodell's Reputation Might Be Beyond Repair

    It's somewhat ironic that both Twitter and Roger Goodell 's tenure as NFL commissioner were born at the same time. When both launched in the summer of 2006, Twitter wasn't ballyhooed, and Goodell wasn't a controversial figure...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 55,172 reads 342 comments

  17. Does Tom Brady's All-Star Legal Team Stand a Chance?

    Tom Brady has officially lawyered up. Already represented by agent Don Yee , the suspended New England Patriots quarterback added notorious NFL combatant Jeffrey ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 43,008 reads 380 comments

  18. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and the Tricky Business of Predraft Insurance Policies

    About six months ago, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was considered to be a lock as an early-round pick in the NFL draft. In October, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked the Oregon cornerback as the best prospect in the league at that position ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 42,987 reads 23 comments

  19. What's so Special About La'el Collins?

    Here's what almost every sports fan in the country knows about former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins: The 21-year-old has been questioned by police in Louisiana regarding the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Brittney Mills...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 69,451 reads 108 comments

  20. Which AFC East Team Has the Best Shot at Dethroning the Patriots?

    For more than a decade, the New England Patriots have been utter rulers of the AFC East. The Pats have won 11 of the last 12 division titles, posting a 57-15 record against the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 44,622 reads 409 comments

  21. Was New York Giants' Draft Enough to Make Them Super Bowl Contenders Again?

    For a team with an aging quarterback that has seen its win total drop in back-to-back losing seasons, the New York Giants entered the 2015 offseason with a lot of hope...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 15,422 reads 40 comments

  22. What Happened to QBs in the 2015 NFL Draft and Will There Be More in 2016?

    It's been over a decade since a team has won a Super Bowl without a star quarterback, and the NFL features more passing right now than ever before...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 97,012 reads 122 comments

  23. An NFL Hopeful's Day 3 Draft Journey from Hope to Disappointment to Clarity

    Nothing epitomizes the cruelty of the sports world quite like a draft. In a matter of hours, the lives of hundreds of young men are changed forever...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 221,297 reads 72 comments

  24. Is Bryce Petty the Long-Term Answer to Jets' QB Woes?

    The New York Jets learned a valuable lesson when the Mark Sanchez experiment failed in 2009. A fifth overall pick, Sanchez was the lowest-rated quarterback among those with at least 25 starts during his four seasons as a starter in New York...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 46,743 reads 136 comments

  25. NFL Draft 2015: The Biggest Surprises from Day 2

    On Thursday night, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft was relatively surprise-free. There was the Washington Redskins' decision to take guard Brandon Scherff fifth overall and the fall of guys like Landon Collins, Jalen Collins and Jake Fisher...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 1 year ago 32,640 reads 22 comments