RealClearSports
Advertisement

RealClearSports NFL

Harbaugh Probably Won't Take Demotion

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report

Surging Seahawks Need More Offense

Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times

NFL's Rookie Salary Scale Backfires

R. Getlin, D. Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

Top NFL Quarterbacks Getting Buffaloed

Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated

Every season, there are at least a few atrocious NFL teams, teams that are disasters. But this season there are six of those teams—Jets, Jaguars, Titans, Raiders, Buccaneers, and...(full article)

If Jim Harbaugh leaves for Michigan—still unlikely but entirely possible—it would be just about an unprecedented move. It's possible there'd be nothing like it ever done in NFL...(full article)

RENTON – The greatest challenge you can present to the surging Seahawks doubles as a compliment. They can play better. They’ve won each of their last four games by doub...(full article)

Five years ago, the NFL waged a public-relations campaign in favor of establishing a rookie salary scale. Commissioner Roger Goodell beat the drum for popular change that would eli...(full article)

The last time the Buffalo Bills' defense ranked first overall in Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted metrics, it was 2004, and that great defense wasn't enough to get the 9-7 Bil...(full article)

More Recent Articles

No Room for Losers in NFL Playoffs

A 6-9-1 team can get to the Super Bowl. It is not the type of ragamuffins-to-riches story that will capture America’s imagination. The NFC South champion has an automatic bid...

Won't Be Hard to Find Cutler a Home

Fact: The Bears benching Jay Cutler in favor of another JC, Jimmy Clausen, isn’t a good a sign for Cutler’s future as Chicago's starting quarterback. Fact: There are a lot of...

Hits Pile Up on Undersized Welker

Wes Welker says he's going to be fine. Sometimes he forgets stuff -- Where did I put my keys? What's the name of that restaurant? -- but who doesn't? "My wife will be like 'How can...

Lions Need to Strike Right Now

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – They are the Children of the Calamity, now here on the brink of finally, possibly accomplishing something. The last thing they discuss, they say, even private...

NFL Whiffs on Domestic Violence Again

The NFL continues to set an example to the nation on how to handle domestic violence among its employees. Once again, it’s a bad example. Then again, a bad example is better than...

Cutler a Scapegoat for Desperate Bears

When the news broke Wednesday that the Bears were benching Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen, my reactions were similar to others I saw on Twitter and heard around the NFL. It seemed ag...

No Best Choice for Eagles at QB

After a brutal loss to the Cowboys last Sunday night, the Eagles are set up to be on the outside looking in come January. With two games remaining, Philadelphia has just a 35.8% ch...

Death of Stats Leaves Little Room for Comparison

In 2008, NFL Films debuted a special entitled, "Top 10 Records That Won't Be Broken." The No. 2 choice? Johnny Unitas' streak of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The rec...

Hey, Harbaugh, Just Say Yes to Michigan

It makes sense that someone like David Cutcliffe would turn down Michigan to stay at Duke. It sounds crazy — and reports of the Cutcliffe offer/rejection were later debunked — ...

Chris Conte's Not Wrong, We Are

Jerry Seinfeld has an old riff about motorcycles, helmets and the human instinct to refuse mortality. "There are many things, that you can point to, that humans, are not smart. But...

Bid for Harbaugh Boosts Michigan Swagger

Offering nearly $50 million for a football coach seems preposterous. The question Michigan must be asking, though, is this: "What's the cost of not making that kind of offer?" The ...

Sinking Bears Pull Plug on Cutler

The beginning of the end for Jay Cutler in Chicago arrived in the only way it should have, via anonymous source. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday evening that the Bears we...

Ryan Slithers Away From Belichick Rivalry

How fitting that the final home game of the season -- and likely the last time Rex Ryan will roam the Jets' sideline -- is against the team that the coach always has measured him...

Michigan All in on Snaring Harbaugh

In early January 2011, Stanford was coming off an 11-1 season and quarterback Andrew Luck had just announced he would return to the school for his senior season. With a potential n...

Due Process a Casualty With 49ers

  The 49ers fired a player Wednesday for "a pattern of poor decision-making." Someone should have thrown a penalty flag for irony. Why? Because the "pattern" in question follo...

Seau, Pace Head Likely HOF Choices

The field of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 was narrowed from 113 modern-era nominees to 26 semifinalists in November. Ahead of January's cutdown to 1...

Aching Back Actually Helps Romo

While considering the chicken-or-egg conundrum of Tony Romo’s best year as it relates to a breakout Cowboys season and what’s on the line this week, chew on these, to...

RG3, Gruden Stuck in Mess of Their Own Making

Jay Gruden doesn’t want Robert Griffin III as his starting quarterback. Dan Snyder has no intention of trading away the 24-year-old three seasons removed from earning the Off...

Falcons' Ryan Best-Paid NFL Player for '14

Identifying the highest-paid NFL players in a particular year is more difficult than with the other major sports in this country because of salary deferrals. Typically, when a pl...

Born to Fight Fires, Not Pass Rushers

There is no shortage of colorful parlance in the scouting community. Offensive linemen with a rare blend of size, strength and quick feet are sometimes termed “dancing bears.” ...

Kosar: Browns Dealt Manziel Rotten Hand

Even though a month and a half ago I thought it was time to give Johnny Manziel a shot, and even though Brian Hoyer ended up playing just as badly as I said he would, the first sta...

Do 'Injury-Prone' Players Really Exist?

The Houston Texans invested the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft on linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, but the team didn't get a first-round type performance out of the former ...

No Joke: These Lions the Real Deal

As the kick that could have destroyed his season sailed east Sunday, Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola headed west. The Lions led Minnesota 16-14. If Blair Walsh’s 68-yard fiel...

Harbaugh Ought to Cross the Bay

Is Raiders owner Mark Davis ready to step in, ante up, and win the Jim Harbaugh Auction? I think Davis could do that. Is Harbaugh ready to bolt from the 49ers to the R...

Jets Have No Chance - Except Against Pats

Pats fans need to get past the obvious, which is that the New York Jets are once again a National Football League laugh factory. Yes, the Jets stink. No news bulletin there. The J...

Steelers Best Hope to Muck Up AFC

We all know that AFC stands for American Football Conference. It might as well also stand for Another Foregone Conclusion.  The Broncos and Patriots have clinched their divisions ...

How Manziel Can Get Better

After watching Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel display some positive signs of production back in Week 13, I expected much more out of the rookie on Sunday during his fi...

The 49ers' Year of Ego

SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh put on his best face for the media. But his occasional smile, his facade of contentment, made the reality of the 49ers' current state only that much mor...

Cowboys Have Won Nothing Yet

This team has been trashed, ridiculed, mocked and made into a national punchline by the fans and the media, so it has earned the right to celebrate. No team has earned the right to...

Why Adrian Peterson Isn't Playing Football

Three months ago, a wave of scandals hit the NFL. Its fans and non-fans demanded change. People that didn't even follow football were eager to decry the sport and its governing bod...

Truth in NFL Is Stranger Than Fiction

When we look back on the 2014 NFL season, Week 15 will serve as the perfect snapshot of a wild, wacky, wonderful campaign. There were many head-scratching moments, a bevy of hard-t...

Browns Saddle Manziel, Must Ride Him

After watching Johnny Manziel's horrible first start with the Browns, the message is clear. The Browns need to see more of their rookie quarterback. The Browns need to answer thi...

As QBs Go Down, Teams Call Audibles

These quarterback audibles aren't about deception. They're about desperation. With the clock winding down on the NFL regular season, several teams are being forced to make a chan...

Broncos Regressing or Just Diversifying?

A year ago, Peyton Manning’s Broncos lost to the Chargers in a Week 15 game in Denver, 27-20. The rest of the NFL watched, collectively nodded and kept on worrying about the off...

Rex Short on Wins But Not Job Options

While Rex Ryan basks in the glow of his team’s unsightly 16-11 win over the woeful Titans in Sunday’s football game masquerading as a pillow fight, he is two weeks aw...

AFC North a Cause for Concern

Congratulations go to the Patriots, Broncos and Colts, who all repeated as AFC division champions Sunday. Now comes the hard part. As expected, those three teams had the easiest pa...

Manziel Not Only 1 to Blame

CLEVELAND: For rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, Sunday’s 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was worst-case scenario times 10. The Browns’ 22nd overall pick was horri...

Manziel: 'A Fail on My Part'

On the Bengals' bus ride over to FirstEnergy Stadium, they peered out the window only to see Browns fans everywhere flashing them the Johnny Manziel money sign. After a week fu...

Seattle's Defense on a Mission

For the first time during their defense-driven winning streak, the Seahawks went into the locker room at halftime Sunday needing to make an adjustment. The San Francisco offense ga...

Wave Bye, Bye, Philbin

Everything about this Miami Dolphins’ 41-13 blowout loss to the New England Patriots felt like a funeral. Miami’s playoff hopes? On life support for a week, they pretty...

Cowboys Control East, Target Top Seed

Sunday’s game wasn’t about revenge for the Dallas Cowboys. It wasn’t about the overriding desire to atone for a dreadful performance 17 days earlier. No, this rem...

NFL Teams Lining Up to Move to L.A.

With the deadline for teams to file relocation paperwork looming in February, and both the Rams and Raiders very interested in playing in Los Angeles in 2015, the league addressed ...

Lions Idiotic to Ponder Life Without Suh

When Ndamukong Suh missed the first practice of his NFL career for health reasons this week, it gave the Lions a glimpse of what life would be like without him. C.J. Mosley at o...

Front-Office Nonsense Ruins 49ers

49ers management killed this season with a thousand little pinpricks, sideswipes and unidentified gut punches. This is owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke's work...

Not All 5-8 Teams Are Created Equal

When the New Orleans Saints visit the Chicago Bears Monday Night on ESPN, viewers will be watching a division-leading playoff contender (New Orleans) facing a badly fading also-r...

Dolphins Cut Veteran QB Garrard

David Garrard is gone, Artis Hicks is done for the year with a serious neck injury, and Ray Feinga has new life in Miami. And to think, Tuesday was an “off day” at Miam...

Letting Reid Go an Absurd Notion

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Schein Nine. Every week of the 2012 season, I'll have nine thoughts about what's going on in the NFL, ranging from the latest hot-button t...

Stars Take Risks by Rushing Back

Happy (hard) Labor Day. It's that time of year again, when the last holiday of the summer sounds the alarm for another NFL season of throwing caution to the wind. Consider some of ...

Ryan: Tebow in Wildcat for Opener

Tebow Time is almost upon us. The mystery surrounding the Jets’ Wildcat-type packages for Tim Tebow will be unveiled in the season opener against the Bills on Sunday. Rex ...

Female Could Officiate Lions' Opener

If the NFL opens the season with replacement referees — and more and more people are bracing themselves for that — female line judge Shannon Eastin might work the Lio...

Cowboys Win, But McGee on Bubble

Rookie Lance Dunbar rushed for 105 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, and Dan Bailey made three field goals in a 30-13 win over Miami in the preseason finale Wednesday night a...

Redskins Come Through Finale Fine

All you can ask of any NFL preseason game is that (a.) players who need the work get the work; and (b.) everybody emerges with with their limbs and faculties intact. Well, everyb...

Cooley Cut, and Redskins Fans Lose

The writing is always on the wall in professional sports, particularly in the no-guaranteed-contract National Football League. Indeed, long before he fought back tears and his vo...

Steelers' Wallace 'Ready to Roll'

Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace returned to the Steelers today and said he is glad to be back with his teammates and ready to begin the regular season. Wallace reported to the Ste...

Ravens Err in Releasing K Cundiff

The Billy Cundiff haters — and there are enough in this town to hold several conventions — are celebrating today. About time the Ravens unloaded that choker, they're sa...

Tall Problem Faces Seahawks' Wilson

Rookie Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who was named the team's starter over the weekend, has had to overcome the stigma of being a third-round pick and the perception tha...

To Pats' Hernandez, Deal a 'Blessing'

Aaron Hernandez stood tall, shoulders broad and smile wide, and he displayed some real emotion while discussing his new contract last night at Gillette Stadium. Hernandez signed ...

Jets, Rams Swap Struggling Linemen

The most scrutinized right tackle in the NFL is no longer a Jet.   Less than a week after Rex Ryan benched the beleaguered Wayne Hunter, the Jets traded him to the Rams for a...

Colts Acquire Dolphins CB Davis

Jim Irsay huffed and puffed, and on the fourth day, look what the “trade winds” blew in: Vontae Davis, a richly talented veteran cornerback, acquired Sunday by the In...

Giants' Amukamara Sprains Ankle

Prince Amukamara has been fighting his way back from injury since his second day in the NFL. This was going to be his shot to show everyone why he was a first-round draft pick. T...

Rookie QB Foles Impresses Eagles

Nick Foles isn't Lou Gehrig, Mike Kakfa isn't Wally Pipp, and the Eagles' backup quarterback competition pales in comparison to the New York Yankees situation at first base many ...

Bucs' Defense Stands Up to Pats

The notion begins simply enough. All it takes is the revolutionary action of dumping greatness on its backside, and you think "hmm." After that, the idea blossoms. The designated...

Coaches on the Hot Seat

Norv Turner, San Diego. The Chargers coach almost lost his job after finishing 8-8 last season, but team president Dean Spanos opted to give it one more try with Turner and gener...

Collie's Concussion Confirmed

Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Monday what seemed obvious Sunday night when Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie slowly picked himself off the Heinz Field turf and left t...

Suspension of Chiefs' Hali a Surprise

It’s his words that make this so disappointing. “A lot of pressure, still a lot of pressure,” he said earlier this month at Chiefs training camp. “I&rsquo...

Merriman Cut But Worth Bills' Risk

Anyone can examine the figures, $9.77 million for nine tackles and one sack in five games over two seasons, and insist he wasn't worth the money. That much was obvious long befor...

Benson Likely to Start for Packers

Cedric Benson may have gone from out-of-work running back with no prospects to Green Bay Packers starter in a matter of a week. Coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that third-year pro ...

Jets' Sanchez: 'This Is My Huddle'

A year ago, Eli Manning proclaimed himself a top-five quarterback in the NFL. He took heat from all directions for putting himself at a level he had previously not reached. On th...

Cowboys Tip Raiders in Slopfest

OK, let's get the excuses out of the way first. The Dallas Cowboys went into Monday's 3-0 preseason opening victory against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum (don't ask) witho...

Colts' Angerer Likely Out 6 Weeks

The loss of inside linebacker Pat Angerer to a foot fracture doesn’t mean the Indianapolis Colts will turn to former captain and fan favorite Gary Brackett. Colts coach Chu...

Jets Silent on Wildcat Package

The first rule about the Jets’ Wildcat practice is don’t talk about the Jets’ Wildcat practice. Gang Green unveiled their Wildcat packages at a closed (to the pub...

Cardinals' 3rd QB Could Be in Mix

The scrutiny of a highly publicized battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton has allowed a third quarterback to go quietly about his business. And although it is far too early ...

Busting Preseason Myths

The Myth: Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh, and will be a top-tier contender. The Truth: The Steelers have issues and look like a third-place team. I respect coach Mike Tomlin. But the Pit...

Vick Looking Better Than Ever

As the Philadelphia Eagles learned in 2011, a "Dream Team" label can be a curse. The Eagles loaded up in the 2011 free-agent market because they could. Coach Andy Reid believes in...

5 Rookies Already Making Impact

2. Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffrey: The Chicago Sun-Times reports the big-bodied rookie is "catching everything in sight" and "looking like he's done this before." If that ...

Vikings' Ponder Taking Control

t Minnesota State University in Mankato, an easy, 90-minute drive south from the Twin Cities, where the Vikings are summering for the 47th consecutive year. No other NFL team tha...

Tannehill, Dolphins Strike Deal

he Miami Dolphins quarterback competition can officially begin on Sunday now that first-round pick Ryan Tannehill has agreed to terms. Tannehill, who missed Miami's first two prac...

Giants Have Chance to Repeat

What do the 1987 players strike, Bill Parcells and Plaxico Burress have in common? They all prevented the Giants from repeating as Super Bowl champions. Now the Giants have a fou...

Schiano Administers Rugged Test

In an odd sort of way, left tackle Donald Penn was the envy of many of his Buccaneers teammates Thursday. Because of a recently strained calf muscle that could sideline him for se...

Griffin's Redskins Debut a Mixed Bag

The magical moments were in relatively short supply as rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III went through his first training camp practice Thursday with the Washington Redskins. Gr...

Steelers Fan Might Buy Browns

It's no surprise that Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner is in talks to sell all or a portion of the team. There has always been chatter that his heart wasn't into owning the tea...

King: Top 10 Storylines of Camp

This begins my 28th season covering the NFL, and the stories are endless. As I leave on my training camp trip -- 27 teams (give or take a couple), 31 days, beginning tomorrow in ...

Broncos Offer Clady $50 Million

  Training camp is about to begin and a significant gap must be closed if the Broncos are to lock up left tackle Ryan Clady with a long-term extension. The Broncos have o...

5 Bucs Who Need Turnarounds

For every action in the NFL, there is usually a corresponding reaction. • Coming off a disappointing season for a team that appeared to lack structure and accountability, ...

Holmgren in Packers' Hall of Fame

There was a time when some Green Bay Packers fans were unhappy with Mike Holmgren for leaving here for Seattle, where he could run his own franchise as the coach and general mana...

Humbled Jets Show Fresh Attitude

The typically tough-talking Jets underwent a mini-makeover after a late-season meltdown kept them out of the playoffs for the first time in three years under Rex Ryan. Ryan&rsqu...

10 Training Camp Questions

What will life be like in New Orleans without Sean Payton? -- Successful, but still quite different is my best guess. Motivation won't be an issue for the Saints this season, tha...

10 Coaches in Difficult Spots

I don't know which jobs in the NFL I would want, but I know which jobs I wouldn't. All are demanding, but some are more demanding than others, and with training camps...

Lions Sweating Out Avril's Future

The Lions have insisted for months that Cliff Avril is a big part of their future, but if the franchised defensive end doesn't sign a long-term deal by 4 p.m. today there's a cha...

Brees' Pact Serves Both Sides Well

After months of wondering, "Why are the Drew Brees contract talks taking so long," only one question remains: "What the hell took so long?" Brees' five-year, $100 million deal was ...

Saints Can Exhale: Brees Signs

    Let's face it: The prospect of Drew Brees actually leaving the New Orleans Saints was about as realistic as Roger Goodell and Jonathan Vilma catching a midnight scre...

Safety Branch OKs Raiders Deal

The Raiders tied up one loose end heading into training camp by agreeing to terms with franchise free-agent strong safety Tyvon Branch to a reported four-year deal worth $17.6...

NFL Power Rankings

Videos

Scores and Schedule

Top NFL Sites