Author Archives: Tom Shannon

New NFL Rule All About Image Not Substance

Mike Florio at comments on the implementation of a new NFL rule that bars college players with a record of certain types of crimes from participating in the Scouting Combine, attending the draft, or appearing at any other league-sanctioned … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Teaches Us that Kyle Long Belongs on the Right Side

Nate Atkins at breaks down the Bears draft (and free agent) needs. This is one of many articles which we can expect to see on the subject but I think the top needs, defensive line, offensive line and inside … Continue reading

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Cam Newton Still Has Lots of Growing to Do Before He’ll Be Truly Great

Jeffri Chadiha at does a really nice job of evaluating the problems with the way Cam Newton handled Sunday’s loss in the Super Bowl. “We all know it’s painful for players to lose Super Bowls. But Newton’s postgame press … Continue reading

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A Little Flattery Never Hurts

Mary Kay Cabot at describes the meeting between Browns coach Hue Jackson and quarterback Paxton Lynch. Lynch is one of the three top quarterbacks entering the 2016 NFL draft. The others are Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Cleveland has … Continue reading

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Tom Brady’s Legacy on Display Before Super Bowl 50

Jeff Howe at the Boston Globe describes the welcome that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got when he was introduced as part of the Super Bowl MVP ceremony on Sunday: “The Patriots quarterback was lustily booed by the crowd at Levi’s … Continue reading

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Ron Rivera Recovers from Bears Departure and Lovie Smith Struggles with Himself

Dag Hammarskjöld once said, “It is when we all play safe that we create a world of the utmost insecurity.” I doubt he was thinking of former Bears head coach Lovie Smith when he said it. But Smith certainly seems to … Continue reading

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Don Coryell Misses Hall of Fame Once Again

I’m disappointed that, once again, Don Coryell didn’t get voted into the Hall of Fame. Coryell changed the game with his down field passing offense as he coached the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers. Frankly, his impact … Continue reading

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No Place in the NFL for Manziel

Mike Florio at speculates upon the future of soon to be former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel: “The Browns reportedly will cut Manziel on March 9, the first day of the new league year. It’s widely believed that he … Continue reading

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Re-Examining the Bears Situation at Tight End

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune addresses the Bears negotiation with tight end Zack Miller: “Miller, who had a breakout second half of the season for the Chicago Bears, is asking for $5 million per year in a new contract, … Continue reading

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Don’t Hold Your Breath on the Bears Drafting Their Quarterback of the Future

When the question of whether the Bears will take a quarterback in the first round comes up, the answer is almost always something on the order of “doubtful”. And I would agree for a number of reasons. I wrote not long … Continue reading

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