When the 2012 NFL season started on September 9, 2012, you could be excused if you hadn’t drafted Adrian Peterson for your fantasy football team. After undergoing an ACL reconstruction only eight months earlier, many doubted that Peterson would be ready for the start of the season, and if he was, they certainly weren’t expecting the type of season that followed.
In the fourth quarter of the 2013 Outback Bowl, Michigan running back Vincent Smith ran into the wall that goes by the name of Jadeveon Clowney. The South Carolina defensive end hit Smith for a loss of eight yards, and the impact was probably equally awesome, scary and hurtful. It was the hit of the season in the NCAA, and as I watched the replays of the collision with the helpless Smith I had only one thought in mind. Get Clowney in the NFL.
Nobody’s saying that dealing with an impromptu brownout during the largest television event of the year isn’t a difficult hurdle to overcome, but did CBS’ failure to navigate the Super Bowl XLVII hiccup smoothly reveal something about the state of sports broadcasting? Is the influx of former athletes in the media to blame? The demise of the sideline reporter?
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco headed into this season without a guaranteed contract for next season and beyond. Fast forward to today; Flacco and his Baltimore Ravens are preparing to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday. Are we ready to call him elite yet?
From Cam Newton to Robert Griffin III to Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, many of the NFL’s most exciting young quarterbacks are frequently running systems and schemes that haven’t been seen much at this level, and they’re finding great success in doing so. One of the most intriguing elements that’s shown up to some extent in most of these new attacks is what’s known as the zone read. Might this be San Francisco’s ticket to Super Bowl success this weekend?
Whether you love him or hate him, Ray Lewis has had a long, illustrious NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. Not only regarded as one of the top defensive players of all-time, Lewis has the chance to give himself the ultimate football send off with a Super Bowl victory in less than two weeks. Charles Blouin-Gascon takes a minute to reflect on it all.
Four big-name quarterbacks wound up on the wrong side of the score this weekend and many have already blamed each of them for their team’s respective losses. It’s understandable, quarterbacks get much of the attention in any game, win or lose. However, just as pivots are often heaped with undeserved praise following poor performances in a win, they often get undeserved criticism after turning in a solid showing in a losing effort. Andrew Bucholtz explains.
After evaluating the AFC teams on Monday, Dwayne Riley-Grant checks out who’s real and who isn’t in the NFC. Can Aaron Rodgers continue to lead the Packers to glory? Are Pete Carroll’s Seahawks truly contenders? Will the drama surrounding Alex Smith cause the 49ers to collapse?
Wild Card Weekend in the NFL is over and there are eight remaining teams challenging for the Super Bowl. But not all eight truly have a shot, do they? Dwayne Riley-Grant breaks down the true contenders
Not much was expected of the Boise State Broncos this season, but they still won yet another Las Vegas Bowl. Ho hum. Chris Petersen had a lot of holes to fill after a summer in which many of his top players moved on, but the decorated coach took on the challenge head-first and passed with flying colors. If you’re not already, it’s time to pay attention to the Broncos.