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  1. Riding the NFL Coordinator Carousel: Who Went Where and What Does...

    Robert Mays

    The stretch between Black Monday and the final spin of the NFL coaching carousel is always frenetic, manic, and hard to understand, but 2015's coordinator diaspora feels especially loopy and scattershot. To make s...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  2. Internationally Known, Locally Respected

    Robert Mays

    For almost a decade, Nikola Mirotic had been able to tell Jadran Vujacic anything. On this drowsy drive to Vujacic's home across Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, where Mirotic was born and raised, he thought of their time together. Vuj...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  3. NFL Week 8 Winners and Losers: Rob Gronkowski Hunts Bears, J.J. W...

    Robert Mays

    The Steelers Offense When Todd Haley was building this offense over the last couple of seasons, in between intense goatee sculpting sessions, I imagine yesterday is what the Steelers had in mind. The best game of Ben Roethlisberger's car...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  4. NFL Week 7 Winners and Losers: Peyton, Trick Punt Plays, and Enda...

    Robert Mays

    Peyton Manning Peyton Manning wanted this thing over quickly. He went 5-of-5 on Denver's first drive en route to touchdown no. 507, and it never really slowed down from there. It's fitting that on the day he broke the career pa...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  5. You Shall Not ... Run? The Brick-Wall Rush Defenses of the Jets, ...

    Robert Mays

    It's hard to be a consistently good run defense in the NFL. Take ... wait for it ... the Bears, last season. In 2012, Chicago finished first in run-defense DVOA. Last season, it dropped to 32nd - from best to worst in a single seas...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  6. 32 NFL Teams, 32 Questions, Part 1: The NFC

    Robert Mays

    Preseason may be over, but that doesn't mean all the questions about teams have been answered. In a lot of ways, the regular season is about answering questions. Not the "Is Joe Flacco elite?" kind, but specific, granular queries about...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  7. What Is the NFL’s ‘Corner 3’?

    Robert Mays

    It all started in a bar. A friend and I were watching Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Pacers and Heat at Old Town Pour House in Chicago. Miami was up just two with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter when Ray Allen started to go off....

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  8. The New Monsters of the Midway

    Robert Mays

    Muhsin Muhammad's time with the Bears is best remembered for its six-word eulogy. In 2008, Muhammad had just returned to the Panthers after three forgettable seasons in Chicago. In his final year, he'd caught just 40 passes for on...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  9. The Best-Case and Worst-Case Scenarios for the Bulls

    Robert Mays

    The Chicago Bulls are at a crossroads. Derrick Rose is coming back and Joakim Noah has established himself as an elite frontcourt player. The Bulls are in the Carmelo Anthony market and the European talent Nikola Mirotic is poised to join them. Every...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  10. Gerald McCoy Is Really Pumped to Play for Lovie Smith, and Quarte...

    Robert Mays

    Gerald McCoy had every right to speak up. In the final few days of the seemingly endless stretch before this year's NFL draft, his Bucs were being strongly linked with defensive line prospect Aaron Donald. The thinking was that Donald could...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  11. Brandon Marshall on ‘The View’ and Chip Kelly, Footba...

    Robert Mays

    A quick look at some of the NFL news from the past week. There are about a dozen reasons Brandon Marshall signing a contract on The View was weird. First, it was a reminder that EGOTer Whoopi Goldberg and Jenny McCarthy share the...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  12. Aaron Donald Is the NFL Draft’s Interior Terror

    Robert Mays

    There are dozens to choose from, but there is one play from Aaron Donald's remarkable senior season that stands alone as his favorite. It was early in the first quarter against Duke, with the Blue Devils driving. On a seco...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  13. NFL Week 17 Winners and Losers: The Lucky Chargers, the Scary Pac...

    Robert Mays

    Winners Packers: Aaron Rodgers wasn't particularly Aaron Rodgers–like, Eddie Lacy looked hobbled, the Packers' defense continued its horrendous stretch, and Green Bay still went into Chicago and won. After the game, Rodgers said it was great...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  14. Week 16 NFL Winners and Losers: The Victorious Panthers, the Hapl...

    Robert Mays

    Winners The Panthers: It's impossible to pick a singular hero from Carolina's best win in five years. At various points in this game, Greg Hardy, Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, and Cam Newton was each the biggest winner in this one, which is how a fr...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  15. Week 15 NFL Viewing Guide: Joe Haden's Predicament and the Develo...

    Robert Mays

    Cornerback–Wide Receiver Matchup of the Week Joe Haden, Browns vs. Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery, Bears In the NBA, 3-point shooting has become a pivotal ingredient for any team. Part of that is the actual value of made 3-point shots (the...

    Blog | December 13, 2013
  16. Aaron Rodgers, the Packers, and the Crazy NFC North

    Robert Mays

    On the craziest day of the NFL season — as the Chargers hung 41 on the Chiefs, Tom Brady put together another classic, and the Cardinals stepped right into the playoff race — the NFC North still did its best to remain the most insane situ...

    Blog | November 25, 2013