Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Who Falls Off Farthest Without Their Quarterback?

Dan Hanzus at answers your questions: @DanHanzus @AroundTheNFL In a universe where all teams get equally good QB play, who are the 12 playoff teams? #ATNMailbag — Mathias Wagner (@Mathias_Wagner) March 16, 2015 “I’ll look at it another way: … Continue reading

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Change for the Sake of Change? Not in Green Bay.

Tyler Dunne the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel thinks the few Green Bay offseason moves they made were all about purging themselves of the memory of their meltdown against the Seahawks: “First, in emotionless, necessary succession, the team rid itself of memories … Continue reading

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Not Thorwing Stones at Glass Houses. Much.

Judy Battista at scorches the Cowboys over their signing of [*cough*]alleged[*cough*] woman beater, Greg Hardy. Hardy [*cough*]allegedly[*cough*] got away with it because he [*cough*]allegedly[*cough*] “came to a financial settlement” with the victim and the case was dropped after she … Continue reading

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Either Enforce the Rules or Don’t Have Them at All

Mike Florio at reviews the tampering allegations against the New York Jets in regards to their eventual singing of Darrelle Revis: “The problem arose when [owner Woody] Johnson said publicly on December 29 that the Johnson would ‘love for … Continue reading

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What Do the Bears Have Left to Do on the Defensive Line? It Still Depends on the Scheme.

Arthur Arkush at takes a look at the Bears remaining needs on defense. Here’s what he said about the defensive line: “The Bears apparently have big plans for Jeremiah Ratliff, one of two holdovers singled out by John Fox … Continue reading

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What Is the Future at Center?

Hub Arkush at answers your questions: “From @ReynoldsM2112: Chance Bears cut [Roberto] Garza? “Not at the moment, because there are no other centers on the team. People continue to ignore the fact Brian de la Puente is still a free … Continue reading

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How to Know a Loser When You See One

Hub Arkush at answers your questions: “From @abchildebrandt: Is it possible that Fox could be the ‘dad’ figure that gets Jay turned around? Or is all hope lost?” “Here’s the thing the Cutler haters constantly ignore. Among Ron Turner, … Continue reading

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Is Mike Wallace the Final Piece of the Vikings Puzzle?

Mark Craig at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wonders whether the Vikings signing Mike Wallace was a good idea: “For a guy who scored 60 million bucks a couple of years ago, Mike Wallace sure sounds like he spends way too much … Continue reading

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Greg Hardy Said to Be “Unmanageable” by Former Teammate

Now that the Cowboys have signed defensive end Greg Hardy it’s appropriate to ask if it was worth the risk. Todd Archer at ESPN poses that very question to former Carolina Panthers teammate Ben Hartsock: “‘Well, I think that’s a … Continue reading

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Head-Scratcher? And Other Points of View.

Bears According the Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune the Bears signed free agent guard Vlad Ducasse. Ducasse was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Jets and played well but has struggled ever since. He shows flashes … Continue reading

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