Hoping for a fourth-down shift
When the Detroit Lions hired Jim Schwartz as their coach in 2009, hope emerged from the sports analytics industry. Had it gained a patron saint? Schwa…
BBAO: Joe Webb to WR -- finally
We're Black and Blue All Over: The Minnesota Vikings finally are following up on their first instinct on Joe Webb. Four years after drafting him with…
ChatWrap: Why sign Brian Urlacher now?
One of the persistent themes of Tuesday's SportsNation chat was a Chicago Sun-Times report suggesting that free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher was le…
Packers, Vikings had interest in Chris Ault
Here is an interesting nugget from the Reno News Journal: Before he agreed to serve as a coaching consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs, Chris Ault we…
Erin Henderson 'in the conversation' at MLB
A few days ago, we noted that Erin Henderson has been preparing to be the Minnesota Vikings' middle linebacker in 2013, presumably at the suggestion o…
Brandon Marshall welcomes Xavier Rhodes
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes because, according to coach Leslie Frazier, "he'll be a guy that will come in and…
A night of high drama in Minnesota
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- I stood late Thursday night in the Minnesota Vikings' practice facility, mildly surprised that "Crazy Rick" Spielman had used …
Seahawks offer Antoine Winfield a good fit
NFL players are much more willing to accept a reduced role when it will come behind elite players, and I wonder if that's part of Antoine Winfield'…
BBAO: Double chat alert!!!
We're Black and Blue All Over: Good morning. We're going to have not one but TWO opportunities for interaction Tuesday in various places here on ESPN…
BBAO: On Heyward-Bey, Hall signings
We're Black and Blue All Over: Two NFL contract agreements Monday night had NFC North implications and are worth noting here on the blog. First, the…
Report: NFL calls for immediate HGH testing
Goodson legal issues predate recent arrest
Pack's Rodgers: Urlacher favorite opponent
Vick says he's still NFL's fastest quarterback
Roethlisberger challenges young quarterbacks
Judge: Brent to have more alcohol monitoring
Sprow: Namath wrong, Smith QB pick smart
Bears to honor HOFer Ditka, retiring No. 89
Vick Says He's NFL's Fastest QB
Cris Carter reacts to Michael Vick's statement that he is still the NFL's fastest quarterback.
Bears To Retire Ditka's No. 89
Mike Ditka discusses the Bears' decision to retire his number, his relationship with Chicago, and Brian Urlacher's retirement.
How To Avoid The Sophomore Slump
Brian Dawkins has some advice for second-year quarterbacks on how to keep up with defensive adjustments to their style of play.