The sagging NFC South is continuing a yearly trend, John Clayton writes. Plus, AFC haze, the resilient 49ers and more.
Clayton's mailbag: The league has to figure out why the number of missed games has been rising.
The Rooney Rule is nice in theory, but the NFL's diversity efforts must evolve. Plus, reader questions.
No one is sure if Colts QB Peyton Manning will be ready for the season opener. That's not the only unsettled situation, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.
The owners' numbers for a salary cap don't add up, John Clayton writes.
The Eagles have had a hard time finding a viable trade partner for Donovan McNabb. Their failure to study up on history is part of the problem, writes John Clayton.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jerry Porter is expected to miss part of training camp because of a hamstring injury that hasn't healed.
The NFL should be headed for a happy New Year, as trends and story lines developed that made the game more intriguing this season. But in his review of 2007, John Clayton writes there is one scary prospect looming.
Even with Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger, the Rams might target QB Kyle Boller in the draft.
The scouting combine would run more smoothly if teams and agents worked together.
Tom Coughlin, one of the NFL's toughest taskmasters, emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated during camp.
The group of free agents at running back and wide receiver is fairly thin.
Clayton's mailbag: September was marked by unexpected struggles in the NFC South and strange strategy with quarterbacks in the AFC East.
Mailbag: There are no easy fixes for a franchise tag system that hasn't kept up as the NFL game has evolved, writes John Clayton.
Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will have minor hip surgery to clean up a problem from last year, according to a source.
Receivers lived up to the hype Sunday at the scouting combine, but quarterbacks showed a lack of depth, writes John Clayton.