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All 22, Baltimore Ravens, Commentary, Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick, NFL -

When Lamar Jackson was electrifying college football through the air and on the ground, the comparisons to Michael Vick came almost immediately. The comparison was both apt and awkward. But with the Baltimore Ravens heading to Atlanta to take on the team that used the No. 1 overall pick to draft Vick in 2001, let’s […]

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All 22, Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, NFL, Vance Joseph -

Head coach Vance Joseph’s decisions in the Denver Broncos’ home loss against the Houston Texans showed that he misunderstands basic game management. He was aggressive when he should have been conservative and too conservative when he should have been more aggressive. He cost his team the game. Sadly, that might not have been the worst […]

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All 22, Black Quarterbacks, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, NFL -

Until last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Dak Prescott had failed to surpass 200 yards passing in a game this season. He also had a pair of sub-200-yard games to end last season. In the modern NFL, with the rules skewed to encourage passing, those numbers are certainly cause for concern. Over that five-game stretch, […]

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All 22, Black Quarterbacks, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL, Patrick Mahomes -

The Kansas City Chiefs were very good offensively last season, but Patrick Mahomes’ performance this season has them playing at an even higher level. However, his progress is even bigger than that. While black quarterbacks are no longer as rare as they once were, negative stereotypes about their intelligence and ability to play the most […]

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All 22, Atlanta Falcons, Julio Jones, NFL -

Down six to the Eagles, with five seconds left in the game, the Atlanta Falcons needed just 5 yards to tie the score and set up a game-winning extra point. A few months removed from having their season end because of their failure to convert in an almost identical scenario against the same team, this […]

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All 22, New England Patriots, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles -

The Super Bowl was a perfect season finale for the 2017-18 NFL season. The made-for-TV football spectacular did everything you’d expect from a final episode. The championship dramatically punctuated themes from the season, concluded season-long story lines and left looming cliff-hangers. RPO For decades, the rigid thinking of NFL coaches and analysts perpetuated the myth […]

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All 22, New England Patriots, NFL, Super Bowl LII -

After the Super Bowl, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is likely to be named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. In this, his second head coaching opportunity, he will be entrusted with the rarest of NFL commodities: a true franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. The accomplishments of the Patriots’ offense under McDaniels warrant […]

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All 22, Commentary, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Super Bowl LII -

The Philadelphia Eagles winning 38-7 was a shocking result. Few thought the home underdogs would win, let alone blow out the Minnesota Vikings, even among the most optimistic Philly fans. But that’s what happened. I re-watched the game to see how they did it and whether they have a chance in the big game, Super […]

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All 22, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints -

Football spoiler alert: If you believe that a pure white light shined momentarily from the heavens on the Minnesota Vikings franchise and you want to remember that play as the holy intervention it appeared to be, then you may want to skip this article. Because I am about to unweave that rainbow. Vikings wide receiver […]

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All 22, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers -

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles wasn’t very good in last week’s 10-3 playoff win over the Buffalo Bills. He had embarrassingly low passing stats, throwing for just 87 yards. Shockingly, he was more productive as a rusher, with 88 yards on the ground. There is no way they can beat the Pittsburgh Steelers if Bortles […]

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All 22, NFL, Tennessee Titans -

Exotic Smashmouth! I laughed when Mike Mularkey used those two incongruent words to name his offensive system, after the Tennessee Titans went 2-7 with him as the interim head coach in 2015. The Titans lifted the interim portion of his title, making him the team’s head coach for the foreseeable future. Handing the reins over […]

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All 22, Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams, Todd Gurley -

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for more than 300 yards with four touchdowns on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. And the Rams clinched their first division championship since 2003. As is true for most NFL games, a team’s fortunes are often tied to the success of the quarterback. But if you watch the […]

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All 22, Buffalo Bills, Commentary, LeSean McCoy, NFL -

The Buffalo Bills’ 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday was beautiful but not pretty. The scene was a picturesque white field blanketed by a thick layer of snow, but less than ideal football conditions. Some people consider that football weather. I do not. Weather like this transforms NFL football into youth football. Like […]

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All 22, NFL, Seattle Seahawks -

Going into Week 13, the Philadelphia Eagles had been the most impressive team in the NFL. At 10-1, they hadn’t lost since Week 2, winning their past four games by 23 points or more. So they were expected to continue their winning ways against a short-handed Seattle Seahawks team on Sunday night. But even without […]

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All 22, Carson Wentz, Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles -

The term “coach killer” is football jargon used to label a player, normally a quarterback, whose on-field performance is so bad that it routinely undermines his coach’s game plan and eventually leads to the firing of the coaching staff. But there isn’t a term for when the opposite happens, when a coaching staff’s game plans […]

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All 22, NFL, Washington Redskins -

Multiple-choice question: What is the most important thing a team could do to ensure victory? Win the turnover battle Win time of possession Have a 100-yard rusher Complete 68 percent of its passes Throw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns Have 100 percent red zone efficiency On Sunday in New Orleans, Washington accomplished […]

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All 22, New Orleans Saints, NFL -

The New Orleans Saints are co-owners of the longest active winning streak in the NFL, with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Saints haven’t garnered the same level of respect as the Eagles have. That will most certainly change after what happened in Buffalo, New York, on Sunday. New Orleans won in dominant fashion, scoring 47 […]

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All 22, Bob McNair, Commentary -

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s demeaning quote was a favor to a new generation of NFL players. It taught them a piercing lesson that we all learn, eventually — that in the eyes of NFL leadership, individual players are viewed as commodities to be exploited for financial gain. Though the racial aspect of McNair’s unfortunate […]

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All 22, Carson Wentz, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles -

If you didn’t watch Monday Night Football, you may be confused by the above poll. If you did watch the game, you know that Super Bowl champion coach turned commentator Jon Gruden debuted a modified adjective to describe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz: “North Dakota tough.” Gruden introduced the term before the game, perfectly foreshadowing […]

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Aaron Rodgers, All 22, NFL -

Maybe we should revise the saying “the NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint.” Actually, it’s not a race at all. It’s more like a brawl among 32 different opponents over 17 weeks, a smashmouth brawl in which someone will get knocked out each week. But that might be tough for coaches to say […]

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All 22, Chicago Bears, Jared Goff, Minnesota Vikings, Mitchell Trubisky, NFL -

Goff Fever is a new virus first discovered in Los Angeles. It hasn’t yet been recognized by the World Health Organization. But it is believed to be one of many Quarterback Deficiency Disorders. QDDs are a dreaded classification of illnesses that plague many NFL organizations, causing erratic decision-making, an aversion to sustained success and dejected […]

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All 22, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL -

The Kansas City Chiefs run a hybrid college/professional-style offense. Actually, it is mostly just college-style, right down to the dual-threat quarterback. Alex Smith had seven positive rushing attempts. Three resulted in first downs and one in a touchdown. And Smith’s passing stats were impressive. He went 27-for-37 with 293 yards passing. But he wasn’t asked […]

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All 22, Benjamin Watson, Champ Bailey, Dallas Cowboys, Ed Reed, Jerry Jones, New England Patriots, NFL, Richard Sherman -

“I feel like it’s for show. I don’t trust Jerry or any of the owners on issues of social justice,” said future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey via text. Bailey was referring to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision to kneel before the national anthem on Monday night. Bailey never played for the Cowboys, but […]

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All 22, Dallas Cowboys, NFL -

The Dallas Cowboys are further away from their Super Bowl hopes than it appears. To win in the playoffs, their offense needs modification. And I don’t think they realize there is a problem. I do, and I have the answer. But, before we get to that answer, I have a different question. Why did the […]

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All 22, Cleveland Browns, DeShone Kizer, NFL -

This year, like last year, I decided to break down the Week 1 coaches film and evaluate a rookie quarterback’s first start. Predictably, the Cleveland Browns lost, but I was awed by their rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. According to Browns head coach Hue Jackson, hope is what Kizer gives the Browns. Based on the game […]

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All 22, NFL -

This is the last of the preseason All 22 columns. The next All 22 will be about real NFL regular-season action. I will be referring back to these insights throughout the season and delivering new ones. So, you can continue to dominate conversations and snicker disapprovingly at the talking heads who rely on clichés and […]

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All 22, Houston Texans, NFL -

Last week, I was chatting with Bomani Jones on his radio show, The Right Time, and he made me confront an ugly truth that I had been avoiding. My quest to defeat Brads — annoying, ill-informed football opinion-givers — could be backfiring. Rather than write about preseason football, I had planned to give 22 football […]

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All 22, Football Conversation Domination Playbook, Matt Ryan, NFL -

As promised, Volume 2 of the Football Conversation Domination Playbook is here. We have five mic-drop-worthy insights to help you dominate Brad, the aggressively ignorant football know-it-all in your life. Many teams will have trouble moving the ball and scoring points this season. And with that comes one of the favorite pastimes of Brads everywhere: […]

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All 22, Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, NFL -

Last week’s Hall of Fame Game marked the first NFL football of the season. It wasn’t worth watching, but it is worth celebrating. It is an indication that regular-season football is just around the corner. Which means the return of parties and tailgates with delicious food, cold drinks and fun people, as well as odd […]

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All 22, Commentary, MLBPA, NBPA, NFL, NFLPA -

The paradox: Athletes such as Stephen Curry, Zack Greinke and Derek Carr are setting records with average annual salaries of $40 million, $34 million and $25 million … because of sports unions. But those players, and their peers, remain underpaid … because of sports unions. I understand that arguing for athletes to get paid more […]

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All 22, Mike Maccagnan, New York Jets, NFL, Todd Bowles, Woody Johnson -

By the end of the 2017-18 NFL season, Todd Bowles, head coach of the New York Jets, is likely to be out of a job. It’s sad what Bowles is about to endure. He is entering the upcoming NFL season with the highest stakes possible, while general manager Mike Maccagnan has spent the offseason ridding […]

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All 22, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Robert Alford, Super Bowl LI -

I am frustrated with the oversimplification of football analysis. So this season, I will be watching the coaches’ video and analyzing the impact of all 22 players on the field and the coaches’ game plan. After Super Bowl LI, Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen fielded questions from the podium. With red eyes, he was forced […]

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All 22, NFL -

I am frustrated with the oversimplification of football analysis. So this season, I will be watching the coaches’ video and analyzing the impact of all 22 players on the field and the coaches’ game plan. “The first thing we are going to do is change the culture,” says every coach ever, in a news conference […]

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