Adam Schein

Adam Schein


Adam Schein has strong opinions on NFL teams, players and the news they make, and shares them as an NFL Media columnist. He also hosts "The NFL Blitz" on Sirius NFL Radio and co-hosts "Loudmouths" on SNY TV in New York. Previously, he was a columnist for Schein is a graduate of Syracuse University. He lives in Manhattan.


Listening to the comments from Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer , general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, it sounds like the team that holds the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft... more

The 2015 NFL Draft's just a month away and, not surprisingly, rumors are flying out of the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Oh, how I love the silly season. Let's separate fact from fiction in a sizzling edition of the Schein Nine ... 1) 'Anybody who... more

You know the division. It's the hottest division in free agency. It's the one where a likely Hall of Famer changed sides. It's the one where a team on the cusp brought in a new quarterback. It's the one where a squad on the bottom went on a free... more

I don't think it is hyperbole to say we just experienced the most intriguing, eye-popping and zaniest opening seven days of a new league year in NFL history. Consider the unprecedented big-name player-for-player trades, in addition to the big-ticket free... more

Happy New Year! Yes, the 2015 league year began at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and the offseason is not only off and running -- it's off the rails. We're talking madness , people. Stunning trades! Free-agency frenzy! It was an absolutely wild first day of... more

They don't hand out Lombardi Trophies for winning the offseason. And there's a reason why: Free agency is very risky. That's especially true this year, with activity already moving at a breakneck pace. While the market doesn't officially open until 4... more

Nothing like a good old-fashioned blockbuster trade in the NFL, a one-for-one swap to get the blood flowing right before the March madness that is free agency! The Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills rocked the sports world Tuesday night, with the... more

The news officially broke Monday, but I would hardly call it show-stopping "BREAKING NEWS." The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Dez Bryant . Frankly, it would've been huge news if they didn't franchise the All-Pro wide receiver. But the... more


Earlier this week, the Arizona Cardinals rewarded head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim with well-deserved contract extensions . I instantly tweeted that Arians and Keim are the best head coach/general manager combination in the NFL .... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is over, but the stories, gossip and hyperbole have just begun to really flow. The hot takes are flying; you need oven mitts to handle it all. Below, I sift through some of the storylines spinning out of Indy, Schein Nine style... more

It's mid-February, and I'm already very concerned about where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are headed. A month before free agency and two-and-a-half months before the 2015 NFL Draft, Bucs fans should be worried about the direction of the team at the most... more

Sam Bradford has become the Bigfoot of the NFL. I've heard rumors that the St. Louis Rams have a franchise quarterback, but there's no real evidence to support this notion. Remember the last time you saw Bradford in an NFL game? Remember the last time... more

You know a Super Bowl was epic when it's still the biggest story in sports four days after the game. And that's what has happened in the aftermath of the New England Patriots' narrow win over the Seattle Seahawks . We witnessed a legendary showdown that,... more

My goodness. I'm still in awe. I don't think I was dreaming. That was truly an instant classic -- one that provided arguably the single wildest Super Bowl finish ever. Drama. Controversy. Amazing and improbable plays. Legacies defined. An epic, 28-24... more


PHOENIX -- What a week it's been! After spending an amazing five days hosting "Schein on Sports" on SiriusXM from radio row and interviewing the biggest NFL names in the run-up to Super Bowl XLIX , I'm buzzing for what should be a classic. Based on... more

PHOENIX -- It's all rather surreal, actually. On Saturday afternoon, Bill Belichick called a surprise press conference to discuss "DeflateGate," which has dominated the world of sports (and beyond). The day after the league provided an update on its... more

Since it wasn't a trade, the league won't list Chicago nabbing a John Fox/Adam Gase package, Denver landing Gary Kubiak, and Baltimore receiving Marc Trestman as an official three-team transaction. But it is rather interesting and noteworthy how this... more

After the Seahawks completed a comeback for the ages, after they secured a win that, for much of Championship Sunday, seemed truly impossible to obtain, Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin Jr. went on an emotional, expletive-filled rant to the media assembled... more

On Wednesday, the Bay Area's two NFL teams made coaching hires. And I have a really strong take on what happened in Oakland and San Francisco: Eh. And to think, I get paid to have a fiery, educated opinion. Actually, I think "eh" is a completely... more

The best weekend in sports -- Divisional Round Weekend -- more than lived up to the hype. But the tremendous weekend raised some tremendous questions -- more specifically, I found myself pondering potential finality on a number of fronts. You know, "Is... more

Eight teams remain in the 2014 NFL playoffs, and each has a celebrated quarterback at the helm. Each gunslinger would significantly elevate his place in history by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy next month. I've argued that Tony Romo is a great... more

The Lions-Cowboys game saved a Wild Card Weekend. But, even though three of four games in Round 1 were unstimulating, the results set up a divisional round with thrilling potential. And the hot takes are flying around. We separate fact from fiction in... more

Happy New Year! With a new year comes new hope, new opportunities -- and always change. Here are nine folks who need a change of scenery this year, to benefit both them and their current employers. 1) Sam Bradford Prior to the 2014 draft, I argued... more


A splendid 2014 regular season is in the books. But the games have just begun. This week, drama will ensue. There will be major coaching changes. There will be substantial debate on who should capture individual awards. Did I mention that the playoffs... more

Week 16 was wild, setting up a delicious Week 17 in the NFL. Major questions abound. Good news: I have answers. (I think.) As we shift from the penultimate week of the 2014 regular season to the finale, allow me to solve the league's remaining... more

The single most fascinating story in the NFL -- the single most fascinating story in sports right now -- is about the future of Jim Harbaugh. The saga of the impending divorce in San Francisco between the fantastic, difference-making coach and the... more

When we look back on the 2014 NFL season, Week 15 will serve as the perfect snapshot of a wild, wacky, wonderful campaign. There were many head-scratching moments, a bevy of hard-to-fathom results. A week that proves, in this league, reality truly is... more

It's the middle of December, and the rapid-fire "hot takes" are flying as the 2014 NFL regular season winds down. Not so fast, folks. In this edition of the Schein Nine, let's evaluate -- and debunk -- nine popular notions wrongly taking root in the... more

I've had enough. You've had enough. We are 14 Sundays deep in the 2014 NFL season, and some things just have to change. Here are nine hot-button situations around the league that we consider "must move on" spots: 1) Jim Harbaugh, head coach, San... more

The final quarter of the 2014 NFL season is upon us. And playoff spots aren't the only things at stake as this wild, intense and amazing campaign wraps up. The last bunch of regular-season games on the slate can go a long way toward determining the... more

After another fascinating week in the NFL, opinions are flowing. With just four weeks remaining in the regular season, let's separate fact from fiction on some of the biggest emerging storylines ... 1) Seattle will overtake Arizona in the NFC West. Last... more


Food, football and family -- I can't wait for Thanksgiving. And the NFL's slate of games is as delicious as the culinary offerings. Six intriguing teams will play in three divisional bouts absolutely stuffed with playoff implications. Here is my... more

Meaningful storylines abound following a sizzling-hot week in the NFL. It's easy to fall victim to hyperbole the morning after an enticing Football Sunday, but I really believe Week 12's action provided widespread clarity on a number of teams across the... more

The natives, the fans, the press and the talking heads are rightfully restless. The New York Giants are awful. This is a three-win mess of a squad, a shell of the team that won Super Bowl XLVI with heart and toughness. There is no hope in sight. It's... more

Week 11 lived up to the substantial hype. But in a huge week, do the results say more about the winners or the losers? Glad you asked. Allow me to answer this question as it pertains to nine notable games: 1) Kansas City Chiefs 24, Seattle... more

It's still the middle of November, but a double-helping of must-see TV on Sunday is already sparking thoughts of January. A clash of the class of the NFC -- the 8-1 Cardinals are hosting the 7-2 Lions and the 6-3 Packers are hosting the 7-2 Eagles --... more

This past offseason, I wrote a column  predicting that the AFC North would prove to be the most topsy-turvy and impossible division to forecast in 2014. Well, it has lived up to that billing -- and then some. The AFC North is clearly the best division... more

I can't take it anymore. Can't listen to it. Can't watch it. Can't read it. I cannot handle members of the media elite proclaiming that Mark Sanchez will be better than Nick Foles. I refuse to live in a world where so-called experts are telling me... more

Six days after doing the wrong thing with Tony Romo , the Dallas Cowboys got it right. Romo didn't play in Sunday's home defeat to the Arizona Cardinals. It was a big game, loaded with NFC playoff implications. No matter. Romo's health, his... more


At the midway point, things are heating up in this amazing and wacky 2014 season. We have overachievement and misery. We have desperation and desire. Soon, we will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Long story short, the pressure is mounting... more

I feel compelled to write this in advance of Denver's trip to New England for the 16th installment of Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. No matter what happens at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, the Denver Broncos are the best team in the... more

I am a firm believer in momentum in football. On the gridiron, once the metaphorical ball gets rolling, it can be tough to stop. But of course, you need to get the ball rolling in the first place. As we approach the midway point of the season, certain... more

Yogi Berra famously said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." And in theory, in the incredibly weak NFC South, it's not over for the Atlanta Falcons. In reality, though, it's over. Has to be. "It" is the reign of Mike Smith as Falcons head coach. I... more

We are getting set for Week 7 in the NFL. Yes, Week 7 -- it's not that early in the season anymore. Big games aplenty this weekend. Stars need to shine. Desperation is setting in with certain teams and players. Some guys must start living up to their... more

Monday is the time for reaction -- and overreaction -- across the NFL. But there are always many sides to each story. Let's examine some of the most significant results and ask "Who does this say more about?" in a "Football Monday" installment of the... more

Quick: Name the three best teams in the NFL over the first five weeks of the 2014 campaign. Now name the handful of teams that truly can make a Super Bowl run. I hope you have the 4-1 San Diego Chargers on both lists. Shame on you if you don't. I... more

Back in March, I wrote a column on the NFC South that was based on a transparent premise: I have no idea how to rank these four teams and no clue as to how the divisional race will play out. Well, as you read this seven months later, I still don't... more

It's just like we predicted in the preseason: The NFC East is incredibly competitive and fun to watch. The Giants are confident and hot. The Cowboys are dominant, a thrilling bunch to follow, and tied for first place at 3-1. Wait, what?? In a zany... more


How does an NFL team face a "must-win game" in Week 4? When that team is off to a 1-2 start despite entering the season with legit Super Bowl aspirations, plays in a tough division and develops a knack for imploding after halftime. That was the... more

John Madden has a great expression when it comes to describing a team's weakness. The Hall of Famer always refers to it as the "yeah, but" for a squad -- as in, "This team is well-coached, they have a good offense, but their 'yeah, but' is the secondary."... more

The Arizona Cardinals are undefeated, having won two of their three games with a backup quarterback. But there is absolutely no quarterback controversy in the desert. Drew Stanton should be the Cardinals' quarterback for good. Drew Stanton will lead... more

Have you checked the slate of games in the NFL this weekend? It's fantastic. The best part? We're treated to a series of bona fide "prove it" games -- contests that will test (and provide clarity on) numerous teams that have flashed contender potential... more

I'm 37 years old. I believe that the week of Sept. 8, 2014 will go down as the most disturbing, upsetting, tumultuous week in the NFL in my lifetime. We all needed actual games and engaging Sunday subplots in the worst possible way. We all needed... more

Even after an upset-filled, wild and unpredictable start to the 2014 NFL season, it's impossible to call any game a "must win" entering Week 2. But some contests and spots are simply bigger than others. Yes, there's pressure, even in early September,... more

Football. You beautiful, delicious, intoxicating devil. After waiting -- seemingly forever -- for the 2014 NFL campaign to begin, the opening Sunday was simply sensational. The window at the end of the early batch of games was pulsating, with a bevy... more

I love watching athletes reach that next level of greatness. Kevin Durant just won his first MVP award in the NBA. Clayton Kershaw is about to win both the Cy Young and MVP in the National League. Two premium athletes, in their mid-20s, climbing to the... more

Finally, football is back! And not a moment too soon. I'm talkin' real football -- football that counts! I can't wait for the 2014 NFL campaign. Over the next six months, we'll be taken on another roller-coaster ride, with unexpected twists and... more


I haven't slept in roughly 365 days. I've been waiting a year to write this column. My family hasn't stopped laughing at me. My name is Adam, and last preseason, I picked the Atlanta Falcons to beat the Houston Texans in Super Bowl XLVIII . Yes, I... more

What truly makes the NFL beautiful and separates it from other sports? The genuine surprises. And I love watching injured players bounce back or aging stars regain glory. A couple weeks ago, my colleague Daniel Jeremiah wrote a column on rookies who... more

They say Week 3 of the NFL preseason is the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Well, at this point, some teams are in desperate need of more time. Here are nine unresolved issues/worries that could use some clarity: 1) Is Brian Hoyer a... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back! Maybe. I laughed while typing that line. But it's true. Heading into the 2014 season, there is no greater variable than Tampa Bay. And that's largely because, on the player level, there is no greater variable than... more

Football is back! And not a moment too soon! I have no idea which teams won last week's preseason games. I never pay attention to this aspect of August football, as the results mean nothing. Rather, I like to watch individual players and units -- to see... more

From one NFL season to the next, one thing is for sure: Nothing ever stays the same. Unless it does. As we get ready to devour the first full plate of preseason football, here are some predictions on teams, units and players destined to progress or... more

On Monday, the Cincinnati Bengals committed to Andy Dalton as their quarterback. Thus, they also committed to not winning the Super Bowl in the years Andy Dalton is under center. Harsh? Reactionary? A hot take? Let's call it no, never and not quite.... more


Ah, the opening stretch of training camp. So great to see football again! And of course, with all the excitement that accompanies a return to the gridiron, 'tis the season for hyperbole! Nothing like some bold remarks, unreachable goals, camp heroes and... more

Every year, there's one division that wreaks havoc on preseason predictions. Early in the offseason, I wrote about the topsy-turvy appearance of the NFC South . While that division still has the potential to offer quite a battle in 2014, the New Orleans... more

If you get through the clutter, if you move past the noise, if you don't get caught up in the familiar state of confusion and controversy, something wonderful and logical happened at New York Jets training camp on Thursday. Geno Smith took 75 percent of... more

Kansas City Chiefs veterans report to training camp on Wednesday, and this is a team filled with legit optimism after making the playoffs in coach Andy Reid's debut campaign in K.C. But one issue still hangs over the franchise. It's an issue that must... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that Andre Johnson wants to be traded from the Houston Texans . Despite Johnson's request -- and Rapoport's report that four teams have expressed interest -- it makes absolutely no sense for the Texans to... more

I've had some time to think about Aaron Rodgers' cohorts voting him the NFL's 11th-best player. And I'm angrier than ever that the Packers star was disrespected like that. So I created my own top-10 list ahead of the Wednesday night finale (airing at 9 p.m. ET) of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2014." (Players -- what do they know?)

The goal is simple: Name the top 10 players in 2014. Not 2013, 2015 or 2016 -- 2014. That's it.

A few housekeeping notes:

» Patrick Peterson was my toughest omission; he'd rank No. 11. He's a fantastic corner and a true difference maker on special teams. Just about to turn 24, he's only getting better.

» LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles rank 12th and 13th, respectively, with Jimmy Graham trailing just behind.

» I really wanted to have the guts to include Andrew Luck. I bet he'll make it next year.... more

I try not to go bonkers when I see a ranking I disagree with. Whether it's a team power ranking or a player list, it usually isn't worth getting too wound up. Someone writes Seattle is the best. Someone else says Denver. I say whatever.  But I just... more


Jeff Roberson/Associated Press Reggie Wayne has 1,006 receptions and 80 touchdowns in 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning, who is in the final stretch of his NFL career, just put together what was arguably the greatest... more

There's no shortage of noteworthy players in the NFL, but looking ahead to the 2014 campaign, who are the most interesting individuals across the league landscape? Who provides the most riveting storylines? Who captivates the football-thinking mind? Who... more

June. It's a glorious month, really. Summer starts. School ends. And my birthday happens. It's also a relatively nutty time in the world of the NFL. It can be quiet, leading folks to sometimes take a Chicken Little-esque sky-is-falling approach to the... more

Johnny Football is all the rage in Cleveland. The Browns sent the Dawg Pound into a frenzy by completing a draft-day trade to acquire Manziel , and the wild excitement has only grown since, with the high-profile quarterback making news yet again on... more

We live in a "What have you done for me lately?" world. Maybe that's a mistake. Some young players need time to grow. Some experienced players can go through a down year and bounce back. Some old players shouldn't be kicked to the curb quite yet. And... more

I'm a huge "Seinfeld" fan. There's a splendid, underrated bit where Jerry successfully gets out of a dinner with George and the droning J. Peterman. While George sits miserably at the dinner table, enduring Peterman's tiresome storytelling, Jerry is at... more

Yesterday, we posted a Schein Nine on the defensive players teams cannot live without -- a topic inspired by last week's crushing personnel losses of Daryl Washington and Sean Lee . Schein Nine: Indispensable defenders Two defenses just suffered... more

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee tore his ACL during last Tuesday's organized team activity and appears to be done for the season. It's a crippling, devastating blow for an already-thin, rebuilding defense. Lee's irreplaceable. This changes the feel of... more


So, did you hear the huge news about the San Diego Chargers? The juicy rumor? The major splash? Don't worry -- you're in the clear. I didn't hear any of that, either. The Bolts have experienced a completely buzz-free offseason. Over the last few... more

It's go time. As we get set for the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, let's turn up the heat on some notable folks across the NFL. No more underachievement. No more excuses. No more drama. It's time to put up or shut up. Here's... more

The Dallas Cowboys' offseason has completely lacked sizzle -- and this is a wonderful development. No splashy news is refreshingly good news in Big D. Dallas cut signature veterans, reshaped the defense and opted against drafting a larger-than-life... more

No, no, no -- you read it wrong. I didn't mean to say that the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons would meet in last season's Super Bowl . I meant that they would play in Super Bowl L -- you know, following the 2015 regular season. At least, that's... more

Hey, Dallas Cowboys: Congrats! You got Zacky Football! That's right: The Cowboys pass on Johnny Manziel , Cleveland trades up for him -- and somehow, everyone involved wins. The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft lived up to the incredible hype. And... more

Maybe it's the incredible talent and star power in this prospect pool. Perhaps it's the annual event taking place later than usual. Maybe it's the fact that so much is truly unknown, from the first pick to the viability of available quarterbacks. It all... more

Some combinations in life make too much sense. Like peanut butter and jelly. Or Jadeveon Clowney and the Houston Texans. I've already penned a column explaining why that latter pairing simply must happen , but there are optimal destinations for many... more


You certainly can make the case there isn't a clear "franchise quarterback" prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. I have expressed this opinion -- repeatedly -- and will continue to do so as we approach the main event. To be honest, I'm not convinced... more

There's nothing like the NFL schedule release . I love it. The event drips with anticipation, excitement and, of course, hyperbole. You truly start getting revved up for the upcoming season -- just over four months before it begins. It's beautiful. The... more

If you are a real football junkie, if you love the true building of a team, then feast your eyes on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Really. The Jags now have the right owner, general manager and head coach in place. They have a plan. Suddenly, it's a... more

If there's one thing we've learned in chronicling every pass Eli Manning has thrown in the NFL, it's that it would be foolish to write him off. You can't prematurely pen the epitaph on his career. Eli has put together winning seasons and... more

A running back with six straight 1,000-yard seasons -- and membership in the ultra-exclusive 2,000-yard club -- is available . And there isn't a huge rush to sign him. Check out the best photos of Chris Johnson. Is he finished? Was he a victim of poor... more

Johnny Manziel hit Oakland this week for a pre-draft visit , whipping Raider Nation into a frenzy. To some, it makes perfect sense. An athletic, swashbuckling, polarizing, authority-challenging, swagger-filled, human highlight film of a quarterback... more

I live for a great sports debate. I love sports drama. I yearn for intelligent sports discussion. But when it comes to what the Houston Texans should do with the No. 1 overall pick, there's no discussion. Jadeveon Clowney is the best player in the 2014... more

Today is April 1. I don't believe in the April Fools' Day column. And remember, no matter what is tweeted today, the Seahawks aren't trading Russell Wilson to the 49ers for Colin Kaepernick. But this annual celebration of idiocy provides the... more


Seemingly out of the blue, without the hint of a whisper or rumor, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery brilliantly added to his purposeful and dreamy offseason early Wednesday morning. When Emery signed star defensive end Jared Allen to a... more

The news broke Friday night after 6 p.m. ET -- a time when press releases are distributed to get the least amount of attention possible. The rise and fall of Mark Sanchez Dan Hanzus looks back at the QB's wild five-year ride with the Jets: the big... more

Let's stop for one minute, jog the mental Rolodex and think about where the Philadelphia Eagles were 365 days ago. It's remarkable how far this team has come. In March 2013, the Eagles were looking to rebound from a 4-12 downer of a season that ended... more

I get paid to have an opinion. That's how I make a living. The words "I don't know" usually don't fly in my world. However, I'm asking for an exception. Because when it comes to ranking the four teams in the NFC South -- the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina... more

A few days into the NFL's annual free agency frenzy, the range of emotions continues to swing by the minute. It's easy to have a true love/hate relationship with the transactions. In free agency, you get the good, the bad and the Raiders. Here are my... more

Sometimes in NFL free agency, logic takes a back seat to whirlwind activity. Teams, players, agents and executives can quickly react -- and overreact. As we approach the start of the business season -- set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday -- here are... more

Gentlemen, start your engines! The market's about to open -- Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, to be exact -- and this fascinating free-agent class is filled with flawed players. Money, like always, will fly around like crazy. Consequently, we're sure to see some... more


Ah, the NFL Scouting Combine, where rumors and hyperbole sizzle more than the steaks from legendary Indianapolis institution St. Elmo's . It's not easy to do as smokescreen season gets underway , but let's try to separate the truth from the hype with... more

Once again, the city of Detroit and the nation are simultaneously buzzing about how Matthew Stafford wears his hat. And it signifies a larger issue. Hall of Famer Mike Ditka recently told the Detroit Free Press , "If you're the leader of the football... more

Fan bases become energized when a new head coach is hired. It's fresh blood after a year -- or years -- of frustration and futility. But will that fresh blood get results? Billick: What offseason? When one season ends ... another begins! Such is... more

On Tuesday morning, the Cleveland Browns cleaned house . Again. General manager Michael Lombardi -- gone. CEO Joe Banner -- on his way out. It seemed stunning, even by Browns standards. Who gives the brass the boot in early February after a coaching... more

Tony Gonzalez recently told ESPN The Magazine that Matt Ryan isn't "elite," immediately setting ablaze talk radio, message boards and Twitter. How could Gonzalez, a future Hall of Famer and five-year Ryan teammate, actually say "Matty Ice" isn't elite?... more

The Seattle Seahawks earned the right to party, and party they did. Not sure how many kids in the Seattle area made it to school on Wednesday -- though with that parade, who can blame them? Battista: Seattle reign With a deep, young and clearly... more

Joe Namath, wearing a fur coat that only "Broadway Joe" could have pulled off, prematurely flipped the ceremonial coin. It was intercepted midair by the lead official , who chuckled and finished explaining the rules for the coin toss. Thus, Joe had to... more


NEW YORK -- With Super Bowl XLVIII's kickoff right around the corner, it's time for New York and New Jersey to take a collective bow. I can't wait for the next Super Bowl here. Super Bowl week has been incredible. Super Bowl week has been epic.... more

What a week in New York and New Jersey. History will show it was the greatest Super Bowl week ever. Now, as we close in on the big game, let's sift through the madness and turn our attention to what will happen on the field, Schein Nine-style. 1)... more

With less than two weeks to go before Super Bowl XLVIII, I have one, clear message for Richard Sherman: Keep being Richard Sherman. I don't want him to hide. I don't want him to apologize. I want Sherman to keep being the intelligent, loquacious,... more

Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you -- thank you , football gods. I've argued before that the 2013 campaign will go down as the greatest ever. And as if a regular season filled with drama, competition, stories and excellence wasn't enough,... more

The epic and classic matchups for Championship Sunday are set. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick vs. Peyton Manning with the AFC title at stake is everything we asked for, a showdown that will ooze with genius and history. And, of course, it doesn't get... more

An epic slate of wild-card games has set the stage for the single best weekend on the NFL calendar: the divisional round of the playoffs. The nation is buzzing, and rightly so, about the San Francisco 49ers having the look. Cam Newton is about to make... more

I'm not going to brag. I'm not going to boast. I'm not going to point to my column last week , which explained why I absolutely knew the San Diego Chargers would beat the Bengals in Cincinnati during Sunday's AFC Wild Card Game , and say, "I told you... more


Sometimes, it's OK to be both really, really lucky -- and also good. Meet your 2013 San Diego Chargers, who earned a trip to the playoffs with a little -- who am I kidding, a lot -- of help from a variety of friends. After getting by with said help... more

Another incredible week in the NFL was loaded with pulsating moments and potential statements. Here, Schein Nine-style, are some sizzling takes on Week 16 and how all the excitement from the recent past ties into the very near future. 1) Belichick's... more

I'm one of the 50 voters for The Associated Press NFL awards. I take the responsibility seriously. And barring anything unforeseen, my vote for Offensive Rookie of the Year is going to the MVP of the 2013 Green Bay Packers, the guy whose play is the main... more

When the Dallas Cowboys lost a 51-48 shootout to the Denver Broncos in Week 5, I wrote a column ripping the Cowboys' defense and absolving Tony Romo of blame despite his late interception . Romo had a game for the ages on that day. Understand that... more

Jay Cutler must be healthy. The ankle and groin must have checked out. He worked out for the coaches and medical staff, and he must have passed the tests. Because on Thursday, Marc Trestman announced Cutler will start for the Chicago Bears in Week 15.... more

Dec. 8, 2013, was one of the greatest NFL Sundays in recent memory. Why? You could easily cite the six fourth-quarter lead changes in the Minnesota Vikings-Baltimore Ravens game . There was the controversial pass interference penalty by the Cleveland... more

With four weeks left in the regular season, there's more to fight for than just playoff spots. Jobs and roster positions are at stake. Here's a look at nine players with everything on the line in the season's final quarter. 1) Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago... more

This is not a "Fire Rex Ryan" column. I wrote that one at the end of last season, when Ryan should have been shown the door along with jettisoned general manager Mike Tannenbaum. This is a "Well, of course the Jets need a new coach" column. I... more


In a season filled with negativity, controversy and underachievement, Tampa Bay Buccaneers management and fans alike can sit down at the Thanksgiving table and be thankful they don't have to shop for a new head coach or quarterback this offseason. You... more

The game of the week in the NFL features the most fascinating team in the league. No, I'm not talking about that game in New England between the two legendary quarterbacks; it's the Bruce Arians Bowl , featuring the Indianapolis Colts and the... more

When you sit and watch football all day, you find some head-scratching moments, bad plays, poor calls, odd coaching decisions and goofy comments. Welcome to Week 11 in the NFL, which had me more fired up than usual. Here's a collection of "can't make... more

I have a quick question for you: Who is the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year? No, seriously -- as a voter, I truly seek an answer here. It's a funny year for the award. You can make the case for about 15 different players. There isn't one name... more

In a season when the NFL's prime-time games have been quite lackluster, it's not too early to start the rightful hype and awesome anticipation for this week's "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and one-loss Denver... more

Am I the only one waiting for the Seattle Seahawks to play better? Yes, they have incredible talent, coaching and management. They will beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and the Minnesota Vikings next week , meaning they'll head into their Week 12 bye... more

My head is pounding. It's throbbing, actually. Why, you ask? As we embark on the second half of the season, riddle me this: Who is going to grab the sixth playoff spot in the AFC? At this point, we can practically hand the first five berths to the... more


There's been only one predictable element to the 2013 NFL season: It's been unpredictable. Plenty of moments in this campaign have colored me stunned, but here are the nine biggest surprises at the midway point, Schein Nine style. 1) Matthew Stafford... more

It's not that the Cincinnati Bengals beat the New York Jets. That was a conventional-wisdom pick. It's the fact that the Bengals bludgeoned Gang Green -- a team with a legit defense, fresh off a win over the New England Patriots -- by 40 points .... more

Are the Chicago Bears cooked sans Jay Cutler? Can the Green Bay Packers deal with a plethora of injuries? Will Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions take advantage of their opportunities? Can the Minnesota Vikings complete a forward pass? The NFC North... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck dropped to a knee in victory formation Sunday night, handing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos their first loss of the season . That left the Kansas City Chiefs as the NFL's last undefeated team -- just as... more

When I predicted the playoff teams during the preseason, one particular pick caused folks to mock and scoff, to attack me on Twitter for prognosticating without a clue. Harrison: Week 7 Power Rankings Elliot Harrison provides his updated NFL... more

The Houston Texans are 2-4. On Sunday, they were bludgeoned, embarrassed and humbled at home, by the St. Louis Rams of all teams. The final score read 38-13 , but it wasn't even that close. This isn't supposed to happen to teams with rosters that... more

Five weeks are in the books. The league is more wonderful and wacky than ever. It's incredibly entertaining, but if you root for a current underachiever, it's incredibly maddening. Let's examine the nine biggest underachievers -- how they got here and,... more

Save it, haters. Get a clue. If you're stressing the negative on Tony Romo, I'm not sure which game you watched Sunday. It certainly wasn't the epic game of this NFL season . It certainly wasn't the game in which Romo's greatness was the only reason... more

Have you checked out Sunday's NFL schedule ? There are nine juicy, compelling and delicious games, loaded with drama and potentially extreme competition. I'm foaming at the mouth looking at these matchups, so here are bold predictions for each one,... more


I was wrong. I was really wrong. I made a huge mistake. It's not that I question the logic behind my preseason prediction that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were closer to a 10-win team than a juggernaut . My issue, my faux pas, my grotesque... more

Yes, it was only Week 3, but it had the feel of a statement week. And no team made a bigger statement than the Miami Dolphins. No player made a bigger statement than young franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill. That's right: Ryan Tannehill, franchise... more

Forget the young guns. Forget all the talk about the read option. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are still at the top of their games, but even they fall short. You know what I'm talking about, right? We are living in the Aaron Rodgers Era of Greatness.... more

We're just two weeks into the 2013 NFL season, and conventional wisdom says nothing should be subject to hyperbole. Well, "conventional wisdom" hasn't watched this year's version of the Washington Redskins. During training camp, Washington quarterback... more

It's simple, really: If you love football -- if you love sports -- then you LOVE the Seattle Seahawks hosting the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday night. Why? It's the single best rivalry in the NFL today. Yes, I understand the amazing history... more

No team was humbled more in Week 1 than the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens -- and yet, no team in the AFC North is in better shape. Baltimore was bludgeoned by the Denver Broncos on Thursday in a brutal start to the season. But that was... more

The 2012 NFL season was dominated by rookies. The quarterback class -- headlined by Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, who all led their respective teams to the playoffs -- was one for the ages. And thanks in large part to RGIII, Alfred... more

Let's work backwards. The answer is Andrew Luck. You can ask the question any way you want ... Who had the best and most impressive rookie season: Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson or Luck? Who did the most with the least? Do you want RGIII,... more


The Farmers' Almanac says it is going to be cold and could snow at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey this February. Gee, you don't say? Apparently, cold (and possibly snowy) winter weather in the Northeast is breaking news. And I say it will be the... more

In 2010, the NFC West was a punch line. The Seattle Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record. Thus, the division set records for futility, as the NFL never had a division winner under .500, never had a team under .500 host a playoff game. That season... more

"They are who we thought they were!" Former head coach Dennis Green famously uttered those words after his Arizona Cardinals blew a 20-point lead and suffered a disheartening loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. I hear that,... more

On Aug. 10, 2012, head coach Les Miles chucked Tyrann Mathieu, known to the masses as "Honey Badger," off the LSU football team. Exactly one year and seven days later, Mathieu will be starting at safety for the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason game... more

One week of the preseason is in the books, and we've already learned a lot about various quarterbacks and quarterback situations around the NFL. Here are the early hot reads on nine hot-button signal-callers: 1) Pick Vick Philadelphia Eagles coach... more

Football. It's here! Yes, I know. It's "just" the preseason. But the first full week of games starts Thursday night, and I'm ready. I never pay attention to scores and wins and losses. I don't care about results when games are decided by... more

Meet Matt Schaub, the most significant player in the NFL this season. Hyperbole? Hardly. The Houston Texans are, in theory, ready to dance. Owner Bob McNair is one of the finest leaders in the NFL. The roster is rich, as general manager Rick Smith... more

I love Mike Munchak. I consider myself the founder of the unofficial Mike Munchak Fan Club. I've even made T-shirts. However, problems abound. Munchak hitched his wagon to Jake Locker. Munchak's team is chock full of drama. Munchak, entering his... more


We're only one week into training camp, and it already feels like we've been underway for a month. Major injuries and other significant developments in camps across the country are shaping the 2013 season with each passing day. Let's take a look at nine... more

When it comes to Rex Ryan, I've written both columns at ... I've penned the take explaining why Rex is the perfect guy to handle New York and, one day, lead the Jets to their first Super Bowl title since the days of "Broadway" Joe Namath.... more

Do you smell what I smell? That smell is football. Training camps are open. You can feel it in the air. And every NFL season is shaped by the developments of these summer days. With that in mind, I offer up nine predictions for the coming weeks of... more

On Thursday, we highlighted the most important players in the AFC . Now we introduce our list for the NFC. Remember, I'm not looking to identify the best player on each roster, but rather the most important -- the pivotal guy who must excel for the team... more

You can feel it. You can taste it. Training camp is right around the corner. To help whet the appetite, let's take a look at the most important player for each team in the NFL. We'll start with the AFC today and hit the NFC on Friday. Now, this isn't... more

On Tuesday, we named the New Orleans Saints the NFL's most fascinating team in 2013 . Now, it's time to address individuals of intrigue, Schein Nine style. Here are the nine most fascinating players in the league this season: 1) Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit... more

It's becoming an annual tradition here at Each summer, I seek out the league's most fascinating team for the upcoming season. I try to find a team that has intriguing storylines and potential drama, a team that has both a very high ceiling and a... more

Hey, America: Happy birthday! OK, that's a bit premature, but I just love the Fourth of July. It's the appreciation. It's the celebration. And who doesn't like fireworks? Speaking of fireworks, the NFL always supplies its fair share. Every year,... more


It's a big Year 3 coming up for Christian Ponder. I don't think it is summertime hyperbole to call 2013 a make-or-break season for the Minnesota Vikings quarterback. While Ponder's first two years in the league have represented a roller coaster, I... more

Of all the veteran player transactions this offseason, I believe the single most impactful move -- one that will affect the standings, playoff seeding and football into January (and maybe February) -- was the Atlanta Falcons' signing of Steven Jackson.... more

I love the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to be featured on "Hard Knocks" this year . NFL Films and HBO do an amazing job with the series, providing viewers with behind-the-scenes access, compelling drama and sensational stories. But... more

There are three guarantees in life; death, taxes and Adam Schein picking the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl. I do it every year. I get the fever. I come down with a case of Packer-itis. This season, the guarantee will be tested. If I... more

The buzz sparked by the news that Tim Tebow would sign with the New England Patriots nearly broke the Internet on Monday afternoon. At least, it felt that way. In March, I wrote an open letter to Tebow in which I begged him to sign with the Patriots.... more

Some say the NFL is sleepy in June. I say those people are clueless. Schein: Indispensable defenders Adam Schein tabs nine vital defensive cogs. One major twist: The reigning Defensive Player of the Year isn't among them. More ... A week of... more

Ric Tapia/NFL Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is facing a lot of negative backlash for the termination of P.R. head Zak Gilbert. In 2007, an NFL head coach heard something I said live on my SiriusXM radio show about an NFL organization being... more


On Tuesday, I delivered a Schein Nine highlighting the most indispensable offensive players in the NFL (excluding quarterbacks). Now it's time to shift focus to the other side of the ball. In compiling this Schein Nine on the most indispensable... more

There are certain NFL players teams simply cannot live without, players who are truly indispensable. Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines indispensable as "absolutely necessary" or "essential," and "not subject to being set aside or neglected."  Top... more

The news coming out of San Francisco was jarring and sobering. Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in organized team activities on Tuesday and quickly had surgery to repair it. While 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh told the media on Wednesday that he... more

Stop what you are doing. Listen closely. Do you hear that creaking sound? That's the window closing on Peyton Manning's bid to win that ultra-important second Super Bowl. He's an all-time great, a legendary quarterback. On a personal note, he is my... more

On Wednesday afternoon, I received a text message from David Garrard. His comeback to the NFL, an attempt resurrect his career with the New York Jets, would in essence be over before it started. Garrard told me exclusively, "Having to call it quits. My... more

In sports, when you are known by just your first name, there's a reason. Basketball has LeBron and Kobe, as well as Michael, Magic, Larry, Wilt and Kareem before them. The 2004 Red Sox were led by Pedro and Manny. You know Eli, Peyton and Ben.... more

Every year in the NFL, certain folks step out of the shadows. Promising youngsters blossom into stars. Guys finally grow up and live up to the hype. Players join new teams and thrive. Backups become starters and seize the opportunity. Let's get ahead of... more

I love this time of year in the NFL, just after the draft. It's filled with hope, promise and the dawn of a new day as teams prepare for the coming season. There's just this problem I can't get past when it comes to Cam Newton, Ron Rivera and this... more

Andy Reid became synonymous with Philadelphia, brilliantly leading the Eagles for 14 seasons. The end came in December, at the conclusion of a 4-12 season, the worst of Reid's career. He deserved to be celebrated for his 130-93-1 record and eight seasons... more


The 2013 NFL Draft is in the past. All of the moves -- from the controversial to the impactful -- are behind us. Now it's time to look ahead, Schein Nine style, shifting the focus to who'll feel the most pressure as a result of last week's decisions. 1)... more

The 2013 NFL Draft was called the most wide open draft ever. And that proved to be the case on Thursday night. We have winners and we have losers from Round 1, "Schein Nine" style. 1) Vikings dominate another draft I thought Sharrif Floyd was the... more

NEW YORK -- I am an idiot. I know nothing. Or at least it feels that way. This is the most wide open and subjective draft in NFL history. But that won't stop me from making nine bold predictions about how things will unfold tonight at Radio City Music... more

No player defines the drama, intrigue and ambiguity of the 2013 NFL Draft better than Geno Smith . There has never been a more wide-open draft in NFL history, and there's such a significant range of opinions out there about players. This is... more

Offensive guards aren't sexy. They don't provide sizzle. They don't boost your fan base. They rarely appear on the cover of your media guide or as the featured player on your game-day ticket. 2013 NFL Draft: Position rankings With the draft right... more

It's the Baltimore Ravens' world, and we're all just living in it. That's not hyperbole, folks. The Ravens just won a Super Bowl after a regular season during which nobody thought they were the NFL's premium team at any point. They were dominant --... more

It's so easy to rip the New York Jets. You do it. I do it. They've earned it. But what if, perhaps, just maybe, they're handling this Darrelle Revis saga with aplomb? What if, perhaps, just maybe, the New York Jets know exactly what they are doing?... more

Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports Bill Belichick (left) has three Super Bowl rings, but he's lost his last two games on the big stage to Tom Coughlin. The Mike Rice video made me sick. There's no place in athletics for that kind of abuse. But... more

There are two kinds of teams in the NFL: those with a quarterback and those without. The Dallas Cowboys have major, deeply embedded issues . One issue they don't have is a QB quandary. Tony Romo is a top 7-10 quarterback in the NFL. I think he's closer... more


Congrats to the Oakland Raiders on cutting Tommy Kelly . He was overpaid, overweight and underperforming. The move was a no-brainer. The old regime should've never given Kelly obscene money in the first place. It's a great step in the right direction.... more

Associated Press Florida Gulf Coast turned the sports world upside down. Can Stevie Johnson (right) and the Buffalo Bills follow suit? A No. 15 seed made the Sweet 16 for the first time in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on... more

In a bit of a bombshell late Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Bears announced they had broken off negotiations with one of the franchise's (and the NFL's) all-time greats, Brian Urlacher. After his selection as the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL... more

Associated Press Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (left) and owner Jerry Jones haven't made the playoffs since the 2009 season. There's good news and bad news for the Dallas Cowboys. The good news: They won't have to hear the familiar refrain this... more

The free agency frenzy is zany and well under way. We are all over the good, the bad and the Patriots. (I can't believe I wrote that, either.) Here's what we love and what we hate, Schein Nine style. 1) New England Patriots are the biggest losers A... more

Associated Press Greg Jennings, Reggie Bush and Paul Kruger (from left to right) are three players generating buzz in free agency. I loathe the NFL's "legal tampering" period. Everyone is being so careful -- it's boring. We are here to spice it... more

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press Teammates Rashard Mendenhall (left) and Mike Wallace likely have played their last games as Pittsburgh Steelers. At this time next week, there will be a lot of stupid money being thrown around the NFL with free... more

Kathy Willens/Associated Press Tim Tebow only appeared in 12 games for the New York Jets in 2012, logging 32 rush attempts and eight passes. Dear Timothy Richard Tebow, Hope this letter finds you well. I know the 2012 season didn't go as you... more


EDITOR'S NOTE: The San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a Wednesday report by FOX Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer. Earlier this week -- before... more

Anonymous sources blasting teammates. ... Players apparently out of shape and not focused on winning. ... Defensive gurus exhibiting delusional behavior. Your 2012 New York Jets? Nope. This is a sudden and stunning review of the state of affairs for the... more

On Monday night's Total Access on NFL Network, Andrea Kremer sat down with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for a revealing interview . There were plenty of revelations, and I came away with three strong convictions: » Revis wants to be the... more

Associated Press Dwight Freeney, Drew Stanton and Dashon Goldson (from left to right) carry plenty of value on the open market. By now, you know the names of the wide receiver free agents who put up fantasy stats. But this free-agent class... more

Genevieve Ross/Associated Press Down the stretch, divisional rivals -- like Adrian Peterson's Vikings and the Packers -- always turn up the heat. President Obama is set to address the nation with his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. I... more

My editor emailed at 3:18 p.m. ET on Wednesday with a simple request: Give me one team that missed the playoffs in 2012 that will make it in 2013. I love the Chicago Bears' potential under Marc Trestman. But that's a conventional wisdom take; that's not... more

What an epic NFL season that just went into the books. It was a true joy writing about the wild events on From the emotionally powered Indianapolis Colts to the league's dazzling rookie quarterbacks to the victorious Baltimore Ravens, this was an... more


NEW ORLEANS -- Super Bowl Media Day already feels like a lifetime ago. I've eaten enough seafood for the year. I'm ready for what should be an epic Super Bowl. We've talked to all the coaches and players from the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore... more

Did you know that the coach of the Baltimore Ravens has the same parents as the coach of the San Francisco 49ers? Yes, Super Bowl XLVII will feature Harbaugh v. Harbaugh , and the lives of brothers John and Jim -- and their brilliant and bold coaching... more

Finally, the coaching carousel has stopped spinning. But questions remain. In the latest edition of The Schein Nine, I look at burning questions facing those teams that filled vacancies as they head into the offseason. 1) Who is in charge in... more

Tony Avelar/Associated Press Jim Harbaugh has enjoyed amazing success in his first two seasons as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Coaches win or lose games at this time of year. Just look at what happened last Saturday, when Denver... more

After a zany, confusing and occasionally embarrassing head-coaching search, the Philadelphia Eagles got their man, dropping a bomb on the NFL. On Wednesday, the Eagles announced that they had hired Chip Kelly. Hold on while I pick my jaw up off the... more

We will always remember the divisional round of these NFL playoffs as epic. But part of the drama included some losing efforts, questionable decisions and overall head-scratchers. So in this edition of The Schein Nine, I present the nine biggest losers... more

The Seattle Seahawks are going to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta this weekend because they have the advantage at the quarterback position. You read that correctly. I don't want to hear that Seahawks starter Russell Wilson is a rookie. That's... more

The Buffalo Bills were one of the NFL's biggest disappointments in the 2012 season. The offseason champs became the in-season chumps when Mario Williams and Co. flopped miserably. Coach Chan Gailey was rightly fired at the end of the season. He couldn't... more

Ric Tapia/NFL Dubbed the "Fail Mary," Golden Tate's game-winning score vs. the Green Bay Packers was mired in controversy. With the coaching carousel moving in a rapid motion, the playoffs have taken a back seat. Get refocused and buckle up.... more

The New York Jets made former general manager Mike Tannenbaum the fall guy for their bumbling, grotesque, laughable 6-10 season of underachievement. They fired Tannenbaum on "Black Monday" via a statement from owner Woody Johnson, which included the... more


Forget The Masters. "Black Monday" is a tradition unlike any other. Yes, I'm talking about this coming Monday, one day after the regular season's completion, when we experiences mass terminations of the NFL's worst coaches and general managers, fueling... more

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our great readers. It's also important to remember the NFL fans going through a classic case of "Bah, humbug!" at this time of year. In the latest edition of The Schein Nine, I've collected the NFL's biggest... more

Kyle Terada/US Presswire Matthew Stafford has been a big reason why the Detroit Lions have struggled; his 78.9 rating ranks 24th in the NFL. They are an embarrassment. They are impossible to watch. They are a clown show. They slip on the... more

Move past the greatness of guys like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Have you noticed how bad quarterback play has been in the NFL this year? It's been worse than ever. Christian Ponder can't complete the forward pass for the Minnesota... more

There's nothing quite like the stretch run in the NFL. The games are bigger. The pressure is on. Playoff lives/seeding and jobs are at stake. Have you noticed how amazing and intense the storylines and games are this week? We have a fantastic... more

We have three weeks left in the regular season. There are major races for the final playoff slots in both conferences. But the cream is rising to the top. I think there are just five teams that can truly win the Super Bowl. And I think there are... more

The San Francisco 49ers lost last Sunday to the inferior St. Louis Rams, and young quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't dazzle. Now the critics, the skeptics and the media elite are out in full force. They are wondering whether Niners coach Jim Harbaugh... more

I am one of the 50 voters for The Associated Press' NFL awards. It is a responsibility that I take a lot of pride in -- and one I take very seriously. I start taking notes and compiling names for the various awards in late October. I watch the games. I... more


Earlier this week, I hit you with nine guys not to be trusted down the stretch of the season . Schein: Players who can't be trusted As we hit the stretch run of the 2012 campaign, Adam Schein identifies nine key players who simply cannot be trusted.... more

Associated Press Joe Flacco (left) and Michael Turner could decide the fates of the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, respectively. John Madden always likes to say that it isn't worth judging a team and projecting its fate until after... more

I had a list of the nine biggest turkeys in the NFL this season, but I opted instead to be super positive heading into the holiday. Below you'll find the nine things I'm thankful for in the NFL this year. Take a look back at this long-standing NFL... more

When looking at the AFC wild-card chase, the famous line from Dumb and Dumber comes to mind. Your team might have anywhere between four and six wins, and you can start to get excited. "So you're telling me there's a chance." Yes, Lloyd. Yes we... more

Week 11 is upon us, and the most important game on the slate features a pair of three-win teams. What was supposed to be an exciting clash between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles is instead defined by one gigantic question. Can Mike... more

It's November and the NFL is hotter than ever, buzzing with playoff chatter and the inevitable turning of the coaching carousel . Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at the center of both. Really. The Bucs are back. Tampa Bay has scored 28... more

The New York Giants are still the New York Giants. The Chicago Bears are better than the Houston Texans. The Seattle Seahawks are Rex Ryan's vision. And don't tell Doug Martin he's the next Ray Rice. As usual, I have nine strong takes on what's going on... more

We're halfway through a wild 2012 season, and it's time, once again, to get bold. I was looking back at my bold predictions from the preseason , and I did pretty well. (Just pretend I never wrote that the Buffalo Bills would have the best defensive line... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Stop us if you've heard this before: Brian Urlacher (54) and the 6-1 Chicago Bears are getting it done on defense. The league doesn't give you points for style. So don't downgrade the Chicago Bears. Plus, we explain... more

The Atlanta Falcons are 7-0 and it means absolutely nothing. If you don't believe me, just ask them. Falcons players and staff know the drill. Atlanta has put up gaudy statistics before. The Falcons have had home-field advantage in the playoffs. And... more


On Monday, I wasn't sure if I was hosting my SiriusXM NFL radio show or a fan hotline. Many of the callers were angry, and rightfully so. In this edition of The Schein Nine, I examine nine teams in pressure-packed situations and lay out what each one's... more

The 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers have the look and feel of an 8-8 team. They're banged-up, depleted. They've lost to inferior opponents. Individual players have grossly underachieved. But they're still legit contenders. In a wide-open and weak AFC, the... more

The Green Bay Packers actually have a replacement for the irreplaceable Charles Woodson. One Cam has issues in Carolina, and another Cam has bigger issues in Baltimore. Plus, we examine the Cincinnati Bengals' meltdown, Robert Griffin III and the sequence... more

The San Diego Chargers were up 24-0 on the Denver Broncos at the half on Monday night . Then Philip Rivers forgot how to play football, Peyton Manning looked like vintage Peyton Manning and the Broncos somehow won the game by double digits. Wyche: Glass... more

The bad news is, the Dallas Cowboys have many problems. The good news is, they can begin to fix them with one solution. The Dallas Cowboys need a fresh set of eyes. If Jerry Jones the owner won't go down the hall to fire Jerry Jones the general manager,... more

The Mark Sanchez apologists make their familiar case: The New York Jets offense lacks weapons. ... GM Mike Tannenbaum didn't give the team depth. ... Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis are hurt. ... Dustin Keller has been injured and a non-factor. ...... more

Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press Lovie Smith has the Chicago Bears playing excellent defense and tied for first place in the NFC North at 4-1. There is no offseason in the NFL. The moves that are made in the draft, during the free-agency... more

The New Orleans Saints are a grotesque 0-4. I've heard all of the excuses. Let's list 'em: » Blame the defense. Steve Spagnuolo hasn't made a difference as defensive coordinator. » Blame the coaching. The Saints are guided by the interim to the... more

Here's a nugget that will smack you right between the eyes. Since 1990, 201 NFL teams have started the season with a 2-2 record. Of those, 71 went on to make the playoffs (about 35 percent). Rapoport: Cowboys at crossroads The Cowboys head into a... more


Finally, after three weeks of purely inept work by the replacement officials -- including the single worst call in league history on Monday night -- we have the real refs back at work ! We get back to football by uncovering the biggest surprise flying... more

Associated Press Eli Manning's Giants are poised to top Tony Romo's Cowboys, Robert Griffin III's Redskins and Mike Vick's Eagles. According to preseason conventional wisdom, the NFC East was going to be the best and most competitive division... more

After picking the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Dallas Cowboys last week, I get a little "upset special happy" this week. I also identify Green Bay's key ingredient. But first, let's acknowledge a new star quarterback in our latest Schein Nine. 1) San... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are back! Tom Brady is in trouble! Matt Cassel stinks! Jay Cutler stinks! More Tim Tebow! I'll separate false perceptions from reality in the Tuesday edition of The Schein Nine. 1) Perception: The Eagles are undefeated -- and... more

Matt York/Associated Press Since entering the NFL in 2007, Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb's career has been anything but predictable.   The ultimate redemption could literally be in the Cards. Plus, we get you set for Week 2 with upset... more

Dear Redskins Nation, I am happy to admit I was dead wrong on Robert Griffin III walking into a hornet's nest Sunday. Color me ultra-impressed with his incredible poise, accuracy and strength. He was the best player and biggest story in Week 1.... more

Did we just witness Tony Romo's best? Are we about to witness Robert Griffin III 's worst? Plus, a team will score 50, two upset specials, a survivor pick and a relationship that could be even rockier than a Kardashian marriage -- all in our Thursday... more

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Schein Nine. Every week of the 2012 season, I'll have nine thoughts about what's going on in the NFL, ranging from the latest hot-button topics to issues that slip through the cracks. This week, I'll break down... more


The Dallas Cowboys will blame the quarterback. The Oakland Raiders will need a new quarterback. The New York Jets quarterback is a running back and will lead the team to the playoffs. Now that I have your attention, here are nine bold predictions for... more

Ted S. Warren/Associated Press Pete Carroll encourages competition at every position, making the Seattle Seahawks an intriguing team to watch. With less than two weeks until the first game of the 2012 NFL season, I'm ready to officially declare... more

Pick a word, any word. Inept. Pathetic. Grotesque. Embarrassing. Lackluster. Obviously, we are describing the New York Jets' offense in the preseason. Schein: Why Rex will get a ring Rex Ryan is truly the perfect coach to lead the New York Jets to... more

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- On Tuesday, I spent the day at Lambeau Field with the winner of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Congratulations to Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers and company. When it comes to talent, drive, coaching and intangibles, the Green Bay... more

Stephen Brashear/Associated Press The Tennessee Titans can give Jake Locker a head start as their QB of the future if they let him start now.   Football is back, and so is the controversy. That's why I'm here: to help guide coaches, players,... more

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP The Cleveland Browns could spend some time without star CB Joe Haden, who faces a possible four-game ban. I can hear it now ... It's exactly 8 p.m. ET in late April. Radio City Music Hall is jam-packed and buzzing. NFL... more

Rex Ryan is the perfect coach to lead the New York Jets to their first Super Bowl title since the days of "Broadway" Joe Namath. I've never been more convinced of this. You read that correctly. Brace yourselves, haters. He is polarizing. He can be... more

Every August, fans and media alike get swept up in hype, positive and negative. Consequently, assumptions form. And as these assumptions gain traction, they transform into genuine myths. That's where I come into play. In my debut effort for ,... more

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