While the NFL has made great strides to protect its players from head injuries, it must remain diligent in minimizing risks. Jane McManus says adding an independent neurologist to the sideline is a necessary next step.
"Twitter Beefs" between athletes reached a fever pitch this week, with one NFLer going so far as to threaten to smash another's face in. Sarah Spain argues that a real fistfight would be more in keeping with the spirit of sport.
In a game full of ugly plays and ugly coaching decisions, none was uglier than Jay Cutler's baffling knee injury. Melissa Jacobs weighs in on an NFC Championship Game that was more about defense than quarterback greatness.
If you read Melissa Jacobs' NFL wild-card weekend preview and, ahem, predictions, she doesn't blame you for giving this column a Marshawn Lynch stiff-arm and running away. But for those who are jazzed up about divisional weekend, read on.
Some people are arguing that Bears coach Lovie Smith's decision to play his starters in an essentially meaningless season finale in Green Bay was just plain stupid. Though I understand their point, I don't join them in criticizing the move.