Adam Schein

Adam Schein


Adam Schein has been a columnist for since 2012. He hosts "Schein on Sports" every weekday on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio, "Inside the NFL" on Showtime, as well as "Time to Schein," "NFL Monday QB," and "That Other Pregame Show" on CBS Sports Network. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.


It was another Sunday Funday in the NFL, with a number of teams (like the 49ers, Texans and Vikings) and individual players (Stefon Diggs, Deshaun Watson, Gerald McCoy and Devin Bush come to mind) making positive statements in winning fashion. But to... more

Another compelling NFL Sunday is in the books, with 13 teams coming away victorious. But not all wins are created equal -- some carry more meaning than just a positive mark in the standings. And this week had a bevy of outcomes with notable bigger-pi... more


It was Stealers Wheel who famously sang, "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you ." And at the quarter mark of the NFL season, we have several teams, well, in the middle. But not necessarily in a bad... more

With three NFL Sundays in the books, we're beginning to get a better feel for the 2019 season. We're starting to figure out where things stand with trends and teams and individual talents -- and inherently, gaining greater clarity on the all-importan... more

The Cowboys kept their eyes on the prize and didn't overlook Washington . Love that. Sean McDermott's Bills are 2-0, with Josh Allen saying Buffalo is New York's team . How could you not like that? The Giants are flat-out inept, void of talent,... more

Panicking off Week 1 is easy. And sometimes merited. Oh, sure, I could rant about the Browns' lack of discipline or Jameis Winston's lack of ball security. We could get into a classic Jets loss or vintage Lions tie . And the Dolphins? Well, they're... more

We made it, people! It's Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season. And this campaign figures to be a compelling one, with numerous teams rationally thinking about a Super Bowl run. But the great expectations of a new season prompt pronounced pressure on the 1... more


TOP DEFENSES TOP OFFENSES Offensive football rules in 2019, which makes identifying the NFL's top defenses a scary proposition. I already revealed my top nine offenses entering the '19 campaign, but of course, defense still matters, even in... more

TOP OFFENSES TOP DEFENSES Offensive football is in a beautiful state in 2019. The NFL has clearly taken to the air, as high-flying attacks dot the league landscape, but the ground game remains quite relevant, with dynamic runners coming in t... more

Really?? Really?!?! NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2019" -- as voted on by the players themselves -- concluded Wednesday night, and this is their top 10?! 10) Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos 9) Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons 8) Aaro... more


Here's what we know ... Patrick Mahomes is awesome. The Chargers are talented. Dallas and Philly are the truth. The Saints will be back. Same with the Bears. And of course, it's the Patriots' world -- we're all just living in it. All that said,... more

Defense Offense I revealed the nine most indispensable offensive players on Monday. Now it's time for the defensive equivalent. Before we dive into the list, though, a few disclaimers ... First and foremost, gonna repeat something I said... more

Offense Defense Every offseason, I identify the nine most indispensable offensive players in the NFL. And every offseason, I explain why the list doesn't include quarterbacks. But something tells me I should spell out my rationale once agai... more


Zion Williamson is going to be a legend. The first overall pick in the NBA draft is going to be great right away. And it won't take him long to graduate from great to iconic . Williamson's entrance to the NBA last week got me to thinking: Who wou... more

Minicamps are in full swing around the NFL -- and the beauty of minicamp season is that optimism can be found in abundance. It's also a perfect time to talk MVP. Now, I won't make my official pick until right before the season begins. And I'll ha... more


It feels like an annual spring tradition. Yes, the Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year! It's an incredible accomplishment, as they're just the second team in league history to achieve the feat. Their coach, Steve... more

Everyone and their mother has a list ranking NFL quarterbacks. For the record, my mom loves Peyton Manning. So, here's a list with a twist. We're ranking the divisions based on their collection of QBs, from best to worst. One other important detail... more

My sensational editors at asked me to rank the most complete teams in the NFL. Notice that adjective, complete . This is NOT a power ranking. It's NOT a playoff prediction. I think the Packers are going to win double-digit games, yet th... more

With the 2019 NFL Draft in the rearview and the bulk of free agency in the books, we've truly hit the downtime portion of the NFL offseason. Football dog days, here we come. But not to fret, sports fans: The NBA is filling the void with some highly... more

The 2019 NFL Draft is in the past. Free agency feels like a distant memory. And training camp is just a couple months away. So it's not too early for some bold predictions. Now, things can change. Injuries. Trades. Drama. The usual. But in mid... more


The Ravens cleaned up. So did the Patriots. And Chris Ballard took the Colts on another gem-hunting expedition -- something that should terrify opposing general managers. Meanwhile, John Elway made smart moves in Denver. The Jets owned Round 1 (...... more

The quarterbacks get all the glory. And it's deserved. But what about everyone else? Just like last year , I've been assigned to rank the best of the rest in this draft class: the top NON-quarterbacks. Here's the interesting thing about this year's... more

SCHEDULE TAKEAWAYS TOUGHEST MOST FORGIVING REVENGE GAMES TOP PRIME-TIME BOUTS I love football. And Patrick Mahomes. The NFL's 2019 prime-time schedule is fantastic. It's nearly impossible picking out the best games. But that's what... more

It's a springtime tradition unlike any other. Well, besides that one . Two years ago, in the spirit of the NCAA tournament, my editors at asked me to name an NFL Cinderella for the upcoming season. The initial concept -- and something tha... more


Like every other living, breathing sports fan in America, I absolutely cherish the NCAA tournament. I'm obsessed. To the point where the tourney bleeds into every single aspect of my existence -- including this here role as an NFL columnist! So, w... more

The NFL is the world's greatest reality show. And this offseason has been no exception. The new league year officially began last week, and what a week it was! Blockbuster free-agent signings, Twitter-detonating trades and the team of the moment... more

Free agency is fun. I'm obsessed. And so are you. In the coming weeks, certain teams will be labeled "winners" in the wake of high-profile signings, while others will be deemed "losers" for failing to act on popular opinion. But of course, nobody h... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers inevitably trade Antonio Brown, it won't solve all their problems. All the turmoil won't magically disappear. Ben Roethlisberger is a Hall of Fame quarterback and a drama king . Mike Tomlin's teams annually drop random... more

I'm a sucker for sports history. I love the moment. The Catch. The Miracle on Ice. Cubs win the World Series. Kyler Murray steps on the scale. Or at least it felt that way on Thursday morning. Jokes aside, Murray's measurements at the NFL Scoutin... more


Dak Prescott made a mistake, and here's an educated guess: He knows it. Dak took some heat over the weekend for talking to USA TODAY about his contract status. The criticism stemmed from a rare faux pas for the 25-year-old quarterback of the Dallas... more

The Patriots' dynasty is -- as I've argued for a long time -- the best in the history of sports. The NFL is brilliantly set up to give every team a chance. Going from worst to first is beautifully mainstream, with the draft and free agency offering... more


Championship Sunday is set, and it's a gift from the sports gods. The Los Angeles Rams are heading to the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints in the opener. Then the New England Patriots will visit Arrowhead to face the Kansas City Chiefs.... more

On the eve of the regular season, I predicted an all-Los Angeles Super Bowl in this space . On the eve of the postseason, I doubled down on SiriusXM Radio and CBS Sports Network. And days before the Divisional Round begins, this hardly feels like... more

Wild Card Weekend was, well, wild. Upsets. Statements. Classics. Calamities. Allow me to sort it all out, Schein Nine style ... Here are my biggest winners and losers from the opening weekend of the 2018 NFL playoffs: WINNERS 1) Dak Prescott,... more


"Happy holidays! Now get out of here." Chances are there will be a little more tact involved if teams do indeed part with these veterans this offseason. However, with the final days of 2018 upon us, I'm taking a look at some big-name players who s... more

Fifteen Sundays deep in the 2018 NFL season, a lot of fans are struggling to -- as I channel my inner Jack Nicholson -- handle the truth . While I didn't order the code red, I did execute the request of my editorial staff: separating fact from... more

Sunday, December 9, 2018: One of the zaniest, most impactful NFL Sundays -- top to bottom -- I've ever seen. Great games. Huge statement wins. Wild finishes. Let's stress the positive in this holiday season and spotlight the most impressive/impactf... more

Week 13 definitely didn't disappoint on the drama side of things. Consequently, the takes are flowing. Here are my top ones that won't change in the final quarter of the regular season, Schein Nine style: 1) Mike McCarthy was/is a heckuva coach.... more


Thanksgiving is in the past. The calendar flips to December this week. It's time to start thinking about the simple question that ultimately defines every NFL season: Who is going to raise the Lombardi Trophy? What you will find below is not a p... more

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. We're hitting the stretch run of the 2018 regular season. It's go time. Separation time. Statement time. Here are the biggest statements from the 10th Sunday of this NFL campaign, Schein Nine style: 1) T... more

The votes are in! The people have spoken! OK, fine -- in the midterm midseason exercise below, I was the only one who voted. This is the Schein Nine, after all. If you came to this website seeking escape from election fever, well, I'm sorry t... more


Just how wild was the seventh Sunday of the 2018 campaign? Well, Justin Tucker missed an extra point. And not just any extra point -- one that essentially would've sent a game into overtime. The guy nails all 222 PATs in his seven-year career before... more

All NFL games are not created equal. And the impact of certain losses carries far greater weight than others. The sting's more lasting. And some teams experienced rather damning defeats on Sunday. We rank them for you, Schein Nine style, starting... more

My head hurts. This is what happens when you are treated -- in prime time -- to the coaching stylings of Bill O'Brien and Jason Garrett for four quarters, and then overtime. Horrendous game management, awful red-zone decisions ... whoever fouls up la... more

Four Sundays into the 2018 NFL regular season, we have a pretty good sample size from which to draw initial conclusions. So, yes, it's OK to start daydreaming. The Los Angeles Rams are clearly the best team in football. No shock there: Sean McVay... more


What a wild NFL Sunday, overflowing with drama and eye-popping upsets. In the wake of such madness -- and with three Sundays now in the books -- which teams find themselves at an early crossroads? Where is there cause for concern? And who should ha... more

"They are who we thought they were!" That memorable line -- shouted by the late, great Dennis Green after a Monday night meltdown by the Cardinals a dozen seasons ago -- rings in my ears to this day. It's just one of those things that sticks with... more

Ah, Week 1 ... After flapping our gums all offseason in anticipation of a fresh, new NFL campaign, we finally got to sink our teeth into a full day of professional football. Predictably, decisive reactions are flowing, takes are hot off the presses... more

It was the great philosopher Coolio who once famously said, "Ain't no party like a West Coast party 'cause a West Coast party don't stop." For the ultra-competitive and sure-to-be-amazing 2018 NFL season, truer words have never been spoken. I was... more


The NFL preseason is the books. It's Labor Day weekend. The calendar flips to September. And the regular season kicks off on Thursday . So, yes, it's getting rather late in the game for the Khalil Mack holdout. And here's the cold, hard truth: Th... more

TOP DEFENSES TOP OFFENSES My projection for the top nine offenses in 2018 is in the books. Now it's time to hit the other side of the ball. Yeah, offense gets all the shine in today's fantasy-obsessed world, but don't overlook the importa... more

TOP OFFENSES TOP DEFENSES 'Tis the season to be giddy! That's the beauty of preseason football. The game is back in our lives and on our TVs. With everyone at 0-0 on the ledger that counts, hope springs eternal across the NFL. And when you... more


The Major League Baseball trade deadline was Tuesday. To be honest, the Dodgers' deal for Manny Machado two weeks ago already won the month. (Though don't sleep on what the Yankees, A's and Brewers have done.) The bottom line is, everyone loves trade... more

This is one of my favorite weeks on the sports calendar. Yes, seriously. Dog days of summer? Not for long! Every NFL team will be in training camp by the end of this week. That means hope. And it's awesome. Of course, certain powerhouses don't real... more

DEFENSIVE INDISPENSABLES OFFENSIVE INDISPENSABLES We had fun naming the offensive players you can't live without on Tuesday. But you know what they say about defense and, uh, winning championships ... Without further ado, here's our annua... more

OFFENSIVE INDISPENSABLES DEFENSIVE INDISPENSABLES Indispensable. It's an adjective describing something that's "absolutely necessary." So, who are the most indispensable offensive players in the NFL? I'm really glad you/I asked. But fir... more

You know what they say: It's all about the quarterback. And "they" are right. But which division will boast the best collection of quarterbacks in 2018? The worst? Let's rank 'em! NOTE: Quarterbacks listings within each division are presented... more


With temperatures rising outside, it feels like the right time to assess who's facing serious heat in the NFL world. In the ultimate "What have you done for me lately?" league, certain players and coaches inevitably fall under a searing spotlight.... more

We name names. Here they are -- in alphabetical order -- as voted on by the NFL players themselves: The final 10 guys who will be revealed in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2018" ... Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers Tom Brady, QB, N... more


Despite the fact that we're squarely in the NFL offseason, there's no shortage of drama on the business side of the game. Several big-name players want to get PAID, but who's in position to truly cash in? Which cases could legitimately impact the 201... more

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published on May 17, when the Cleveland Cavaliers trailed Boston 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. I've argued for years that LeBron James is the second-best player in NBA history. He's an all-time g... more

The 2018 NFL Draft has been in the books for a couple weeks now, but the buzz on this epic class remains ever-present. Fans are fired up. Players, too. Heck, even front-office heavies are feeling their oats. See: New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson... more


What a draft weekend in the NFL. We had the good, the bad, and the Cleveland Browns. Of course, it takes years to truly assess the impact of a team's draft haul. But that's never stopped me before! And that's boring. So ... Here's what I loved,... more

We've been waiting for the 2018 NFL Draft for years. Literally, years -- because of the quarterbacks. I've written and talked about all of these signal-callers at length. I think this class has five franchise passers -- and predict six will come o... more

Toughest schedules Most forgiving schedules Revenge games Top prime-time bouts The NFL's prime-time schedule in 2018 is flat-out amazing. Seriously, better than ever. When I pored over the sked to compile my list of candidates for th... more

Say what you will about Tigers Woods' behavior off the links, but on the golf course -- when he's rolling -- the man just makes his sport a lot more captivating. Golf is better with Tiger Woods in contention. Tiger's one of the most iconic athletes... more


You know, I'm not one to brag. Actually, who am I kidding? I love me. And now that I have your attention, it was one year ago when the ace staff at asked me, in the spirit of March Madness, to identify the NFL's version of a Cinderella t... more

We are two weeks into the 2018 League Year, and it's bursting with activity. Trades! Free agency! And Sam Bradford got paid (again). It's proof for the kids out there: Anything is possible. Now that the first wave of action is in the books, let's... more

I love this time of year. The first wave of NFL free agency is in the books. The draft chatter is heating up. The Sweet 16 is about to start in the NCAA tournament, and I cannot wait. Go Syracuse! Speaking of the Orange ... 'Cuse was the last squad... more

It was 13 months ago. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah was at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. D.J. was a guest on my SiriusXM Radio show, "Schein On Sports," and I started off the interview by asking him about the buzz in Indy. Jeremiah... more

NFL fans: Let me be the first to wish you a ... Merry Christmas!! Free agency starts next week, as the market officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14. For pigskin enthusiasts and NFL teams alike, it's Christmas in March. I love it.... more

You've heard offensive minds referred to as "quarterback whisperers." Well, the week between the NFL Scouting Combine and the start of free agency is the time for "whispering about quarterbacks." Rumors are omnipresent. The conversations coming out... more


After signing Jimmy Garoppolo to a mega-bucks contract , 49ers general manager John Lynch declared that he wanted to make San Francisco a destination for free agents . Well, that was a perfect start. So what are the best destinations for 2018 free... more

Finally, all seven NFL head-coach openings have been filled. The contracts have been signed. The ink is dry. Nobody can pull a McDaniels . Honestly, I like the whole group. I think each guy represents an upgrade for his new franchise. But who's at... more

Colts general manager Chris Ballard was beyond impressive talking to the press in Indianapolis on Wednesday , the day after Josh McDaniels inexplicably left him at the altar in grotesque, bush-league fashion. Ballard showed great poise and presence,... more


As the great philosopher Taylor Swift once said, "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate." And there's no stronger, more intense -- and more irrational -- hater in all of sports than the Patriots hater. It's next-level stuff. Hosting radi... more

I've argued forever that the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs is the best weekend in all of sports. Yes, I also love the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the Masters, Week 1 of the NFL season and those magical October weekends when we get... more

Wild Card Weekend lived up to its name. Wild indeed. Great games. Upset specials. Comebacks. And Blake Bortles. One of the truly special things about postseason football is the way it defines careers. For better or worse, these games leave a lastin... more


Change is inevitable in the NFL. Bengals fans should be more than ready for the Marvin Lewis era to come to an end. I don't need advanced statistics to tell me that the 15th-year head coach and I have the same amount of playoff wins. Jim Caldwell n... more

What an incredible weekend in the NFL. And with two weeks to go in this wild 2017 season, we know some crucial things. I think ... No, I know . Here are some irrefutable NFL truths spawning from a memorable Week 15, Schein Nine style. 1) Tom Brad... more

You knew it. You knew something was off with Carson Wentz after he dove into the end zone for a touchdown that ultimately was erased by a penalty. The Philadelphia Eagles' sensational second-year quarterback actually stayed in the game vs. the Los... more

The final quarter of the NFL season is upon us -- and the drama's layered extra thick. Six NFC teams are thinking about a potential playoff bye. 6-6 NFC teams are thinking about running the table and making the playoffs. 6-6 AFC teams are dreaming... more


There are five more Sundays left in the 2017 NFL season -- which makes this the perfect time to run some pressing questions by the ol' crystal ball, "Schein Nine" style, in an effort to determine what's MORE LIKELY to come to pass. 1) MORE LIKELY T... more

Thirteen NFL teams have never won the Super Bowl, but it looks like this season's playoffs will be littered with Lombardi-less franchises. In fact, if the regular season ended today, such squads would make up half the postseason field . So, is this... more

Nine Sundays in, the 2017 campaign is beginning to take shape. I think. In a season rife with volatility, I believe I'm finally beginning to get my bearings. Famous last words? Probably. But might as well put this newfound confidence to good use.... more


The NFL's always a week-to-week league. And that's certainly the case in 2017. In fact, this season seems more erratic than ever before. Who's for real? Which teams appear fraudulent? The answers change with each passing Sunday. So, at the midway p... more

Another NFL Sunday, another series of takeaways -- some positive, some negative, some depressing. Here's what moved the meter for me, Schein Nine style: The good, the bad and the ugly of Week 7. THE GOOD 1) New Orleans Saints Or should I say, th... more

Even in a crazy NFL season, the wackiness of Week 6 stands out. The Chiefs suffered their first loss (at home ), while the Giants earned their first win (on the road ). Jay Cutler led a 17-point comeback to knock off the defending NFC champs at thei... more

Five Sundays into the 2017 NFL season, we're starting to get a feel for what's real. Or at least we think we are. Which emerging trends have staying power? Which hot takes are nothing but hot air? Let's take a look at some prominent subplots and... more

Four weeks into the 2017 regular season, it's been a pretty wild ride. Certain players and teams have emerged as enticing storylines. Which ones have staying power? Which legitimately merit your attention? It's not too late to get behind subplots y... more


What a sensational slate of games, finishes and storylines in Week 3! Let's be honest: The first two weeks of the 2017 NFL campaign left something to be desired, so we were due. But what a payoff! After a wild Sunday chock-full of curveballs and... more

Two weeks into the NFL season, certain issues are emerging at various NFL outposts. Early cause for concern? Well, that depends on the particular situation. Below, I've rounded up nine high-profile subplots that have come to the fore in the 2017... more

There has been some pretty poor quarterback play in the NFL to start the season. And with this league's pressure and parity, winds of change are already in the air just a few weeks into the 2017 campaign. The Houston Texans have a new quarterback . (... more

What a fantastic first NFL Sunday! Aaron Rodgers got it done when it mattered the most. The Bills are in first place. And Chuck Pagano's Colts got beat up so badly the head coach forgot who they were playing . You gotta love sports. Which... more

If you tried to pitch a script detailing how the Los Angeles Rams have dealt with star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, even Hollywood wouldn't bite on such a storyline in its backyard. It's that unfathomable. Of course the Rams should pay Aaron Don... more


This isn't how things work with a normal NFL team. When a normal NFL team loses its top wide receiver for the season in August, football fans understandably question the aerial attack's viability. When a normal NFL team aims to address a pass-ru... more

Paxton Lynch lost the quarterback derby in Denver. Vance Joseph, John Elway and Co. did the only thing they could do to get ready for the 2017 season when they ended a QB competition that never really was . Lynch showed nothing. In Year 2, it's clear... more

You never want to overreact to Week 1 of the preseason. You just want to see encouraging trends, improvement in areas of deficiency. But once you get that first taste of every team, it leaves you hungry for more. Who will continue to progress in We... more

New season. New players. New vibe. Nothing in the NFL stays the same -- except for the things that do. With a few weeks of training camp in the books and Week 1 of the preseason underway, we're tracking some developments with big-picture... more


Football is near! Finally!! By the end of this week, every NFL team will have reported to training camp, and color me obsessed. The Patriots are loaded. Matt Ryan wants to seal the deal. Aaron Rodgers leads the Pack. J.J. Watt is back. Antonio Brow... more

They say the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. And "they" are right. So, which division is driven by the best quarterbacks? That's a fine question. Allow me to provide a divisional hierarchy through the prism of the game's most important positio... more


In Year 3, Jadeveon Clowney provided the kind of dynamic disruption that everyone expected when he went No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. And earlier this month, Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver told the Houston Chronicle about a comment... more

NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2017" has come to its final chapter. With the first 90 names revealed, we're down to the top 10 players in the game today -- at least, according to NFL player voting. The final order will be revealed on NFL Networ... more

It's minicamp season. Teams across the NFL are squeezing in as much preparation for the 2017 campaign as possible before the summer break. Real, live football games might still feel like they're a ways away, but team practice time is a limited commod... more

It's summertime. We're months away from real, live football games. So I'm here to supply something that we need. Well, actually, something NFL teams need. It's time for my annual rundown of indispensable players. To jog your memory, let's review... more

It's summertime. We're months away from real, live football games. So I'm here to supply something that we need. Well, actually, something NFL teams need. It's time for my annual rundown of indispensable players. To jog your memory, let's review... more


This isn't about missing organized team activities. They are voluntary. For Odell Beckham Jr., this is about that fine -- yet fuzzy -- line between perception and reality. If Beckham cared about it, he would change. At this point, it appears crysta... more

The Super Bowl hangover isn't a myth. It's real. History and the eyeball test in the salary cap era tell you it is the truth: Losing on the game's biggest stage can have repercussions that last long after Super Sunday. Since 2000, half of the Super... more

The offseason is starting to get a tad quiet. That needs to change. It's high time for teams to get ahead on contracts. When it comes to certain building-block players on certain teams, management just needs to ... PAY THE MAN! Here is my list of g... more

Move over, Joe Namath. Actually, today's column is inspired by the words of a current Jet: Muhammad Wilkerson, who channeled his inner Broadway Joe on Tuesday. Well, sort of ... "The team will definitely be positive and do more things better tha... more

Offseason roster reconstruction's largely in the bank, with the bulk of free agency and the 2017 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror. Forget about winners and losers -- which developments from the past few months are going to most positively affect the... more

Four days after the Bears' mind-boggling move in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft, I'm still scratching my head. I'd say I've stopped yelling, but that would be a lie. Chicago's confounding Mitch Trubisky gambit aside, there were plenty of positive... more


You have questions. We have answers. (Maybe.) One of the great things about the 2017 NFL Draft is how wide open it is. This draft class is filled with superb prospects ... and confounding questions, starting at the game's most important position. T... more

Happy NFL schedule release day!! It's a national holiday! Or at least it should be. And the prime-time schedule is packed with greatness, as always. Here's our annual list of the spotlight games I'm looking forward to the most, Schein Nine style:... more

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. It's a request I get from the editorial staff every April. With the 2017 NFL Draft rapidly approaching (April 27-29 in Philadelphia), what are the ideal pairings of player and team? I'm not necessar... more

It's complicated. Every year around this time, I pen a Schein Nine on teams that need to address the quarterback position in the upcoming draft. But this subject has never been more bizarre than it is in this moment right now. Playoff teams need... more

It's official: Tony Romo has left the playing field for the CBS broadcast booth . Thus, it's official: Tony Romo, the ultimate Horatio Alger story, was the most underrated and underappreciated quarterback in NFL history. And chances are, it was y... more


South Carolina is in the Final Four, which is surprising to me -- mainly because I thought they cancelled men's basketball. Or something like that. Seriously, though: I picked against South Carolina in every single round, starting against... more

Truth is, I loathe the general concept of franchise relocation. I hate when a passionate fan base loses a team. It guts you. It strips away your sports soul. Most especially, I feel for the kids. And the parents who have to explain it, have to smoo... more

We've already covered the moves we've loved and loathed in the free agency period thus far. Now it's time to weigh the domino effects of all the signings, trades and under-the-radar transactions and consider which players really benefited the most f... more

And just like that, after a weekend full of the madness that annually defines March in this country, the Sweet 16 is set. But the NCAA tournament isn't the only chaotic component of this month's sports calendar. The opening wave of NFL free agency... more

The last thing you ever want to do is overreact to the first wave of free agency in the NFL ... ... but that's never stopped us before! Here's our annual Schein Nine on what I love and loathe from the opening flurry of action in the new league ye... more

You know what they say: Age is just a number. Truthfully, though, when it comes to NFL players, Father Time is undefeated. The question is, when will the clock strike midnight on a guy being past his prime? Adrian Peterson would scare me. Jamaal... more


The 2017 NFL free-agent class isn't exactly overflowing with sizzle and pop -- especially with a number of big names receiving the franchise tag . And yet, you know money will be flying around after free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, Mar... more

I love love. And on Valentine's Day, I'd like to give some love to the guys who don't get enough of it. So here we go: The Schein Nine ... with a Cupid twist! 1) Terrell Owens, retiree The fact that T.O. didn't make the Hall of Fame earlier th... more

Fair or unfair, for better or for worse, Super Bowls shape legacies. Often times, they define them. And when you have the first overtime Super Bowl in NFL history -- and the greatest comeback/collapse in Super Bowl lore -- reputations will be stam... more


Super Bowl LI is set. It's going to be epic. When I say epic, I mean epic -- and boy do we need it after two stunningly lopsided games on Championship Sunday . In fact, these playoffs have lacked drama throughout, with just two of the 10 postseas... more

After a ho-hum start to the NFL playoffs, with each of the first six games decided by double digits, we all needed a classic. We needed that game. We needed the sporting event where our collective hearts were pounding out of our chests. We needed th... more

If you think the Packers' 38-13 win over the Giants had anything to do with a boat, I feel sorry for you. That theory holds no water. And if you spread it, you are trying to gain attention. As a talk show host, I'm going to wear oven mitts to ha... more

I'm one of the 50 voters for the NFL awards, and I take the responsibility seriously. After all, when you have MVP stamped on your permanent resume, it's a legacy changer. And when it comes to this season's MVP award, I'm voting for Oakland Raider... more


Hey ... Happy New Year! Now, get the heck out of here. As we get set for the calendar to flip to 2017, there are many folks around the league who really could use a fresh start. We dedicate this installment of the Schein Nine to those guys who nee... more

EDITOR'S NOTE: After the publishing of this story, Bill O'Brien declared that Tom Savage would indeed start Houston's game against the Bengals on NFL Network this Saturday night . * * * * * The Houston Texans are going to win the AFC South if... more

Another fantastic NFL Sunday is in the books. With three more Sundays left in the regular season, the drama is heating up. In a related story, the hot takes are flowing. In this edition of Schein Nine, allow me to pass judgment on some of the opini... more

With another eventful Sunday in the books, it's go time , as we head into the final quarter of the regular season. I spent the weekend "Schein-ing" up the crystal ball. Now let's play a game of "More likely to ...", Schein Nine style. 1) MORE LIK... more


Thanksgiving weekend is in the past. And in the NFL, that means it's time to truly begin looking ahead. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, it's time to zero in on the teams capable of making a sustained playoff run. In this edition... more

Honesty is always the best policy. And frankly, who has the energy to lie? But sometimes the truth hurts. And there's plenty of painful truth from Week 11. Let's take a look, Schein Nine style: 1) Messing with the extra point was messed up. Thi... more

Week 10 was the best chapter of this NFL season thus far. Sunday's slate of games was thrilling from start to finish. And predictably, in the immediate aftermath, opinions are bubbling up from all corners of the football-watching world. With that in... more

Is it hot in here, or is that just the Los Angeles Rams' executive suite? Nine weeks are in the books. NFL teams have a body of work. And for some, it's officially time to panic. In this edition of the Schein Nine, we spotlight nine teams potenti... more

Well, we've reached the midway point of the 2016 regular season. And boy, have we learned some interesting lessons over the first two months of play. Here are the nine biggest statements across the league, as we look back at the first half of the s... more


Deep thoughts after a long day of watching football. Like ... How did the San Francisco 49ers fire Jim Harbaugh for not playing nice in the sandbox? What's Jim Tomsula doing on a day like this? And does anyone really think a hot dog is a sandwich?... more

Another incredible and unpredictable week in the NFL. Wild results. Major statements. Big-picture questions. Lotta variance to sift through. So, in this edition of the Schein Nine, I'm all over the good, the bad and the ugly. THE GOOD 1) DAK a... more

Wow. What a debate! No, not that debate. The NFL. This league provides us with endless fodder to bicker over. And Week 5's Sunday action confirmed some truths ... while leaving other hot-button topics up for discussion. In this edition of th... more

We are a quarter of the way into the 2016 season -- well, we will be, after Monday night's Giants-Vikings game, I suppose -- and I'm seriously foaming at the mouth with the storylines that have unfolded. Sunday was wild, as usual. But will some of... more


The final NFL Sunday of September was chock-full o' drama and meaning. But when it comes to the most notable games from Week 3, did the results say more about the winner or the loser? Glad you (I) asked. Here are the answers, Schein Nine style:... more

Sports. You gotta love sports. The ultimate reality TV. After months of intense and loud chatter, the NFL is giving us an incredible show early in the season. There were many moments in Week 2 that had me shaking my head, many developments -- posit... more

Wow! What an opening NFL Sunday. The stories. The drama. The finishes. Yes, it's only one week, but let's examine how things are trending across the league, Schein Nine style: REAL DEAL 1) Bill Belichick, New England Patriots Bill Belichick is t... more


It's time. Time to look into the crystal ball and see who'll be playing for the Lombardi Trophy in February. I write this column every year for And if there's one thing I learned from infamously predicting a Falcons-Texans Super Bowl a f... more

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is "the dress rehearsal" for the regular season. It's the most interesting -- and most crucial -- game of August, for each and every NFL team. In fact, Week 3 features nine nationally televised games (including some of th... more

It's August. So dare to dream. Every year around this time, the football cognoscenti produces scores of award predictions that are, for the most part ... well ... the same . Different bylines, same forecasts. Groupthink reigns. Everyone spotlights... more

They say you shouldn't overreact to preseason football. I say, who exactly are they, anyway? No August hyperbole? That ruins all of the fun! Preseason game results mean nothing. I don't care about final scores and have never once looked at the... more

The old expression is tried and true: Nothing stays the same -- except for the Minnesota Vikings. OK, I made that up. But it applies. The NFL is wild and unpredictable. And August is full of surprising developments. Some players turn heads in... more

It's August. NFL players have reported to camp -- some more reluctantly than others. And this year, many high-profile guys want more. Yes, the opening of 2016 training camp across the NFL landscape has featured an omnipresent storyline: cold, hard... more


Training camp is finally here! And thus begins an annual summer ritual in the NFL ... The return of football means the return of football chatter. And let's be honest: Much of the chatter is, well, hot air. You have guys making headlines in late Ju... more

This is a long-awaited week in the NFL. Every club reports to training camp. And not a moment too soon. I always think it is important to take the temperature of NFL teams before training camp and the preseason kick into gear, so you don't overrea... more

Training camp is right around the corner, with certain teams' rookies reporting later this week. How great is that?! But the back half of last week provided some rather large news items with major implications for the 2016 season. Here's our take... more

Major League Baseball's All-Stars are gathered in San Diego this week to celebrate the best of the best. Given that the Padres are well on their way to a 10th consecutive playoff-free season while the Chargers are fresh off a miserable, four-win camp... more


And then there were 10. Over the past few months, NFL Network has counted down from No. 100 to No. 11 in "The Top 100 Players of 2016" -- a list compiled by the players themselves. And now, the final 10 names have been revealed . So, what is the... more

LeBron James delivered a championship to Cleveland, ending 52 years of heartbreak for the city. The Drive. The Fumble. The Decision. Michael Jordan. Jose Mesa. The Browns leaving Cleveland. The homeless man telling Jimmy Haslam to pick Johnny Manziel... more

Offense: Nine Indispensable Players Defense: Nine Indispensable Players Offense is nice. But as the tried and true cliché says, "Defense wins championships." On Wednesday, I revealed the nine most indispensable offensive players . Now it's... more

Offense: Nine Indispensable Players Defense: Nine Indispensable Players In-dis-pen-sa-ble It's an adjective to describe something or someone "absolutely necessary" -- you know, the kind of thing that makes a 53-man roster rise or fall. A... more

June is upon us and the 2016 season opener is less than 100 days away. OTAs have been in full swing for several weeks, mandatory minicamps are just around the corner and training camps begin next month. The temperature is rising. It's go time. Ever... more


Ryan Fitzpatrick has a problem. He has forgotten a rather large fact. Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to remember he's Ryan Fitzpatrick. The New York Jets are beginning OTAs, and mandatory minicamp is right around the corner -- yet Fitz and the team still... more

On Wednesday, the Twittersphere saw some spirited squabbling between the team accounts of the Raiders and Broncos. It was an entertaining, comical, good old-fashioned trash talk-off. And it also was a harbinger of what's to come in the 2016 campaign... more

On Wednesday night, in front of the raucous home crowd at Oracle Arena, Steph Curry was formally presented with his second straight MVP award -- the spoils of an iconic regular season (and something he hopes to pair with another Larry O'Brien Trophy... more

Is there such a thing as a "sleeper team" in the NFL anymore? Think about it. Offseason is a misnomer in 2016. You have the free agency frenzy, schedule-release day -- or, as I call it, Christmas in April -- and the three-day festival of team... more

There was so much to love in the 2016 NFL Draft! Oakland put a cap on the best offseason of any NFL team. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim showed his masterful nature in yet another draft. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome did the same. The Eagles drafte... more


The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is in the books. It was wild and delicious. But of course, you never want to overreact ... Oh, come on. Who are we kidding? You ALWAYS want to instantly react. As we look forward to the rest of the draft, we... more

Is it Thursday yet?? So much buzz. So many questions. So little time. As we hurtle toward the 2016 NFL Draft, here are my biggest queries, Schein Nine style: 1) Is Jared Goff a lock at No. 1? It sure sounds like it. My colleague Michael Silver... more

I don't do mock drafts. I read them. I don't write them. But the Powers That Be at asked me to play matchmaker and concoct some ideal prospect-team fits. Now this is a concept I can get behind! Reminder: THIS IS NOT A PROJECTION OR MOCK D... more

Happy NFL Schedule Release Day! Christmas in April!! I'm salivating over the prime-time schedule. These games are great. How great? Just consider this: I didn't include Seahawks-Cardinals or any game involving the Steelers, NFC East or Andrew Luck... more

There are two types of teams in the NFL: Those that have a quarterback and those that don't. And honestly, many franchises currently fall into the latter category. Yes, with the 2016 NFL Draft just a couple weeks away, numerous war rooms simply mus... more

We're into spring, summer's just around the corner ... and numerous teams are still in the market for a quarterback. Oh, and there aren't enough quarterbacks to go around. Which leads us to the curious case of Mike Glennon, who is one of the top 32... more

I'm hearing WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas was some kind of show this past Sunday. I haven't watched wrestling since I was a kid rooting for the Macho Man in the mid-'80s, so I'll take everyone's word for it. But that could be nothing... more


Hey! Check the calendar. We are exactly one month away from the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. And I can't wait. Many teams have a lot at stake in the draft, as is the case every year. The beauty of the modern NFL is its competitive balance --... more

I love the NFL Annual Meeting. All the coaches speak. The owners vote on rules. This gives us stuff. And I love stuff. Now it's time for me to rock the vote. Here is my up/down verdict on nine notable stories that emerged from the gathering in Boc... more

And then there were 16. No, not those 16. We're talking about the NFL's Sweet 16. With the bulk of major free agency activity in the rearview and the 2016 NFL Draft coming down the pike, it's a good time to take the temperature of where teams st... more

I'm a sucker for a great "wow" trade. You know, a swap that forces you to simply yell "Wow!" upon hearing the news. The Patriots and Cardinals just swung a good old-fashioned "wow" trade , one that can truly be described as a win for everyone invol... more

At this time last offseason, I thought the AFC South was poised to take a major step forward in the coming campaign. The division was fresh off an uninspiring season -- with a 25-39 overall record in 2014, including a lackluster 13-27 mark against... more

You'd have to be insane to overreact to Day 1 of free agency. Well, that's never stopped me before. It's time for our annual "love and loathe" column, Schein Nine style, in the wake of a wild opening wave of open-market activity: LOVE 1) Texan... more

You know what they say: Life begins at 30. Or maybe I say that. But I do think it's an exaggeration to say a football player promptly expires when he reaches that age. Each player is a unique case, with a specific amount of miles logged, his ow... more

NFL free agency kicks off Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET sharp . The team-building process in this league can be fascinating. But there's always potential peril in bringing aboard outsiders , especially at hefty prices. Here's our annual look at the bigges... more

It's March 1. Lying season is officially underway. With the start of NFL free agency right around the corner -- Wednesday, March 9 at 4 p.m. ET, to be exact -- conversation heated up at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, with the league's co... more


The beauty of the NFL is there is no offseason. The NFL Scouting Combine is this week. Free agency is right around the corner. And the 2016 NFL Draft comes after that. Fan bases are rabid, anxiously anticipating their teams' next set of moves to take... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- What a treat! The host city of Super Bowl 50 has been fantastic, and the buzz has been incredible. Hosting "Schein on Sports" on radio row has been outstanding, with shows filled with amazing guests, from Marcus Mariota to Jim Harb... more


America, meet the best player in the NFL. He's a smile-wearing, dab-doing, touchdown-throwing, touchdown-running, team-leading, football-giving, fox-tail-wearing cat. Ladies and gentlemen, it's Mr. Cam Newton. And it is flat-out fantastic that... more

January is my favorite month on the NFL calendar. The playoffs are simply the best. And for many teams that miss the playoffs, there is hope in coaching changes. Many fan bases should be inspired! Or, sadly for some, a lost season and a questiona... more

So here we are again, and it's amazing. It's Peyton Manning against Tom Brady on Championship Sunday . The football gods are smiling on us. It's all sorts of awesome. Also, it would be a huge shocker if the Manning-led Broncos beat Brady and Bil... more

Wild Card Weekend in the NFL was, well, wild . And with the exception of Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay Packers finally looking like the team we thought they would be preseason, the four games were, quite frankly, more about the losers... more

There's nothing quite like the NFL playoffs. The drama runs thick. The pressure builds. Annually, there are particular players, coaches and units on the spot. As we get set for a wild and unpredictable ride in the 2015 NFL playoffs, here's our Sche... more

There are reasons why the NFL is king. The unpredictability, the drama, the storylines ... It's the ultimate reality show. Thinking back to just last month, never in a million years could I have imagined that Week 17 would produce the following... more


As we head into a brand new year, it's time to identify those NFL individuals who need a brand new start. Call it The Schein Nine: New Year's Edition! Here's our annual list of the players and coaches who really could use a change of scenery in 2... more

Week 16 was wild, paving the way for a highly enticing closing chapter of the 2015 regular season. There are myriad questions stemming from Sunday's results, and how everything will play out in Week 17. Here are the answers, Schein Nine style: 1)... more

What a weekend in the NFL. With so many intriguing developments materializing, strong reactions -- and over reactions -- are flying like hotcakes. Allow me to make sense of the madness and explain which statements are knee-jerk and which ones are... more

The 2015 NFL season is ending in three weeks -- and very little has been decided. Just three playoff spots have been locked up, with 23 teams still technically in the hunt . So as we look forward to an exciting home stretch, let's do a little... more

Quarterbacks are always under pressure. But in the final quarter of the 2015 season, some have more to prove -- and some have more at stake -- than others. So let's take a look, Schein Nine style, at the quarterbacks playing for the most down th... more

With Week 13 nearly in the books, we have a quarter left of what's proven to be a wild 2015 NFL season. The drama has been all sorts of awesome heading into the stretch run. But as things have heated up, the myths have begun flying around fast and... more

The calendar has officially flipped to December. That means the NFL's stretch run is officially underway. And anytime you get to use the expression "playoff implications" in a sentence, color me excited! But which games matter the most? Here's ou... more


Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror. In the NFL world, that means the postseason chatter amps up. The expression "playoff scenario" becomes en vogue and omnipresent. It's intoxicating. It's especially so in a year like this where you have so many... more

I love Thanksgiving! Football, family and food. What could be better? Yes, I'm particularly thankful for my beautiful family: my wife Katie and our three wonderful kids, Jolie, Maya and Theo. But I'm also thankful to you, for reading these column... more

Dear Carolina, I was wrong. I am happy to tell you I was wrong. On May 7, 2013, I wrote a column declaring that the Carolina Panthers were going nowhere with Cam Newton and Ron Rivera . As we get set for Week 11 of the 2015 NFL season, Cam Newt... more

Sunday in Denver, the irony was dripping -- and rather cruel. A few minutes into the game, the Broncos stopped action to celebrate Peyton Manning leapfrogging Brett Favre and becoming the NFL's all-time passing yards leader . Two quarters later,... more

We are officially in the second half of the regular season. There are winning teams, there are losing teams and there are, well, five other teams. The Bills, Raiders, Eagles, Rams and Seahawks are all perfectly mediocre, sitting at 4-4 through eight... more

It's the midway point of the season. And your team is awful. Don't worry: That's why I'm here. Here are nine moves I would make to fix -- or at least responsibly manage -- nine teams: 1) Jim Caldwell should be next to go in Detroit. On Thursday... more

The first eight Sundays of the 2015 season are in the books. Statements have been made, by players, coaches and teams. Now it's time for me to follow suit. Here are my nine biggest statements about what I've seen in the first half of the regular se... more


Week 7 had it all: the good, the bad and the San Diego Chargers. We laughed, we cried and -- yes, Cosmo Kramer -- we yearned . Oh, there was a lot of yearning. Here are the highlights and lowlights from the seventh week of the 2015 campaign, S... more

Congrats to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday's fantastic statement victory, beating the Seahawks in Seattle in comeback fashion. It was gutsy and impressive, avenging the playoff loss Carolina suffered in Seattle last January . Newto... more

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Well, I say revenge is a dish best served ... in Week 6! This week's NFL slate features a delicious assortment of games with potential payback on the menu. Here are my thoughts -- and predicted winn... more

The NFL is more exciting and competitive than ever. Yet, when you delve into a Sunday slate of games these days -- and take a closer look at the prime-time bouts -- one thing stands out pretty quickly: It feels like more teams have quarterback issues... more

Week 4 provided yet another wild and wacky Sunday in NFL, with both positive and negative statements made around the league. When you watch a football game -- or any sporting event, for that matter -- it's always interesting assigning the proper cr... more

Incredibly, 15 teams in the NFL are currently 1-2. That's basically half the league. It's pretty interesting and rather bizarre, but speaks to the amazing competitive nature of the NFL. It's a record that might sound bleak after three weeks of act... more


Sunday's slate started out with a bang, a true "you can't make it up" moment in St. Louis. Kickoff of Steelers-Rams was delayed a half hour because of fireworks damage . Seriously. Stranger than fiction indeed. It was that kind of day. In fact, i... more

The Cardinals played the Bears on Sunday . Thus, I had Dennis Green's famous postgame rant ringing in my head: "They are who we thought they were!" While there were many upsets and results I didn't see coming -- thanks, Chip Kelly -- Sunday did... more

The NFL was wild in Week 1! But let's not forget what defined the madness. You live and you learn. And if some coaches didn't do the latter, I'm here to help. Here are nine lessons to be learned from Week 1 -- and applied to games in Week 2: 1)... more

Week 1 of the NFL season was wild, wacky and absolutely delicious. After a long offseason, predictably, the hyperbole is flowing. So let's examine some conventional hot takes coming out of the weekend, judging what is fair and what is foul, Schein... more

I've already predicted a Green Bay-over-Indianapolis result in Super Bowl 50. I've already declared my love for the Ravens , and forecast that Tom Brady is about to go on the greatest middle-finger tour in sports history . But right now, as we get... more

Here's the beauty of making a Super Bowl 50 prediction at the beginning of September: There's no clear-cut favorite in the NFL. The National Football League has never been more compelling, amazing and balanced going into a season. You could... more


We spend a lot of time talking. It's what we do as human beings -- and particularly, as sports fans. But not all chatter is created equal. A lot of what is discussed in August -- before the real, live regular-season football kicks off -- is ... w... more

Here we are in Week 3 of the NFL preseason. Yup, it's go time! Teams use this week as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Of course, every team has things to iron out before the show opens. Major questions remain, especially when it comes... more

The news on receiver Kelvin Benjamin is devastating for the Carolina Panthers. The second-year stud's season is over before it started, as he tore his ACL in practice on Wednesday . The impact of this injury cannot be overstated. It drives a stake... more

There's a rule in August: Never overreact to the preseason. Having said that, you can learn things by watching closely. Preconceived notions can be proven right or wrong. You can identify harbingers of things to come. And yes, we occasionally br... more

They say some things never change. I say the people who say that have never watched football. There are notable developments all over the NFL landscape, some positive, some negative. Here are a few of the things that really stand out in mid-Aug... more

Arian Foster suffered the first big injury of the NFL preseason . How big? Well, in the wake of Foster's groin surgery last Friday, I couldn't help but think about the profound ripple effect this injury will have on the Houston Texans -- and frankly,... more


In sports these days, the negative is just so ... well ... negative. It's late summer. That gives the football fan reason to hope, reason to tune out the gloominess and distractions. So for the remainder of this column, forget about all the suspens... more

Every season in the NFL, a few teams seemingly come out of the blue and shock you. This time around, I want you to be prepared. The beauty in this league is that everyone has hope -- especially at this time of year. In late July, everyone envisio... more

You never forget your first time. At least that's what the quarterbacks who have won championships tell me. With training camps starting to open around the league, we've reached the point in the NFL calendar for unbridled optimism. Let's examine... more

One month ago, Eli Manning sat next me in our SiriusXM studio for a radio interview. The New York Giants quarterback causally explained how he wasn't remotely sweating about getting a new contract, with 2015 being the final year of his existing deal.... more

At first glance, the assignment from my crack editorial staff at seemed harmless. On the heels of Justin Houston rightfully getting PAID , the powers that be asked me to provide a Schein Nine ranking the top players from the 2011 draft clas... more

We are at the All-Star break for Major League Baseball and that only means one thing: We're getting closer to football season. I can't wait. Excitement's building. Training camp and preseason games are right around the corner. Something is missin... more

It's not that the New York Giants should rescind the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul -- it's that Big Blue never should've given him that designation in the first place. The events of the past week only serve to hammer home this point. Long befo... more

Aaah yes. It's an annual tradition: The players vote for the NFL's best ... and I respectfully (and/or vehemently) disagree with their ballot. The final 10 names of "The Top 100 Players of 2015" were revealed Wednesday night on NFL Network.... more


The 2015 NFL campaign is going to be highly compelling, loaded with sizzling storylines. But which individual players drum up the most interest heading toward the season? Glad you (I) asked. Here are the most fascinating NFL players of 2015, Sche... more

When it comes to speaking Mike McCarthy's language, I consider myself fluent. Having routinely chatted with Green Bay's head man on SiriusXM Radio since he took over the Packers in 2006, I feel pretty comfortable assessing his tone and reading betw... more

Defense: Nine Indispensable Players Offense: Nine Indispensable Players Putting together my list of the nine most indispensable defenders on Tuesday was fun and a great challenge. But executing this task on the offensive side of the ball was... more

Defense: Nine Indispensable Players Offense: Nine Indispensable Players In-dis-pens-able. Merriam-Webster defines the adjective as "not subject to being set aside or neglected; absolutely necessary; essential." (And yes, I still own an old... more

Finally, the NBA Finals are tipping off. LeBron James is back -- making his fifth consecutive Finals appearance -- and better than ever. That's great for the NBA. It's also fantastic to have some fun, new blood in the Golden State Warriors, an... more

Right now, there isn't a more fascinating, polarizing person in sports than Chip Kelly. Think about it: Everyone has a take on the Philadelphia Eagles coach. Everyone has an opinion. It's the beauty of Chip. You are either in or you're out. You... more


I was thrilled to see the widespread reaction to the announcement that the Houston Texans are going to be featured on HBO and NFL Films' always-outstanding "Hard Knocks" series . Fans and media seem excited. And they should be. I can't wait to watc... more

For many NFL players, 2015 represents go time . It's time to put up or shut up. Here's a mix of nine players and coaches who need to produce a banner year -- or else ... 1) Darren McFadden, running back, Dallas Cowboys There's a thought process t... more

The Spring League Meeting in San Francisco is officially in the books. I heard it was great. My invitation must've been lost in the mail. No worries -- I can still chime in. Here are nine things I would do to benefit the NFL, starting with a qu... more

It's mid-May. Rookie minicamps are underway. Hyperbole is in full effect. Teams are excited. Fans are foaming at the mouth for football. With that as the backdrop, I loved seeing the enthusiasm coming out of Nashville this past weekend , when the... more

The NFL dropped the hammer on the New England Patriots on Monday. But beware of writing the epitaph on the defending Super Bowl champs in 2015. Here are nine reasons why the Pats will win the AFC East and, once again, be in contention for the Lomb... more

Another year, another fantastic draft in the books. And for many teams, positive draft results on the heels of a productive free agency period equal renewed hope in a league built for turnarounds from one season to the next. Here are nine NFL squ... more


I love the NFL draft. And so do Ravens fans, who always know that Ozzie Newsome will make the ideal selection. And he did, yet again, with a speed-burning wideout to replace Torrey Smith in Breshad Perriman . This is the same way Cardinals fans are... more

Typically, around this time of year, general managers are only lying when their lips are moving. And seeing how the 2015 NFL Draft is wackier and more wide open than most, who knows what to believe? Yes, uncertainty abounds in the final days before... more

Mock drafts are nice, but I'm much more interested in perfect marriages. I'm talking about those ideal draft fits that benefit all parties involved -- the pairings where the team fills a big need and the player gets an opportunity to immediately... more

There are two types of teams in the NFL: Those that have a quarterback and those that do not. The NFL draft represents a great place to stockpile and replenish in many years -- but not in this one. A weak free-agent group at quarterback is being... more

The Philip Rivers-to-Tennessee rumor has me scratching my head. Frankly, I'm stumped. I simply don't get it. I cannot comprehend it. I don't see the logic anywhere. So let me get this straight ... A team that has visions of winning double-digit ga... more

Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned trade? And how great is it when Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium at the NFL draft and says those four magical words: "We have a trade ..."? Trades are bold, fun, dramatic and often impact a team... more

We are less than three weeks away from the 2015 NFL Draft. The No. 1 question -- as in, Who goes No. 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? -- might be all but answered. Yes, all signs point to Jameis Winston coming off the board first on April 30. I'v... more

I'm a big believer in the value of offseason workout programs in the NFL. They provide an opportunity to establish a tone, log some quality work and see who gets it ... and who doesn't. Per league rules, teams with new head coaches get to begin the... more

Some see the calendar flipping to April as a real sign of spring. Flowers bloom. The sun shines. Life is good. That's nice. In the NFL world, the advent of April means it's Ozzie time. While "offseason winners" annually dominate the headlines i... more


We're a month away from the 2015 NFL Draft, five months shy of the 2015 season. Naturally, it's time to start thinking about 2016. Allow me to explain... Have you noticed how many big-name quarterbacks have been in the news this offseason? Po... more

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 Dra... 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... 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... 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... 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 unt... 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 th... 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 t... 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 NF... 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 s... 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 mo... 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... 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 t... 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,... 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... 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 it... 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 th... 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 assem... 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 completel... 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,... 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 fictio... 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 ar... 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 playo... 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... 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 i... 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.... 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... 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 acros... 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. I... 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 divis... 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 mou... 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... 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, ce... 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.... 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 th... 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 o... 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.... 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 do... 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 za... 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 second... 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 lea... 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 pote... 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 ne... 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 Septembe... 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 b... 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 t... 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 . Y... 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 wh... 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 th... 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 -- t... 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... 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 qu... 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 heroe... 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 Or... 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 perce... 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 m... 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 t... 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... 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?... 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... 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.... 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... 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 suffere... 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 fe... 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... 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. Her... 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'... 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. A... 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. I... 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 ma... 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.... 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... 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... 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 quarterbac... 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... 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 b... 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 end... 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, Caroli... 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 ar... 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 -- her... 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 s... 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 w... 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 footba... 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 i... 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 coachi... 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 e... 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 t... 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 ep... 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.... 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, loquaci... 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 g... 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 m... 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 yo... 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 h... 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) Belichic... 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... 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 th... 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 1... 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 Clevel... 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, Chi... 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.... 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.... 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 ma... 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... 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 Denv... 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 1... 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 Staf... 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... 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 -- jus... 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 th... 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... 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 reaso... 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 grotesqu... 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, franchis... 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 Greatn... 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 quarterb... 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 hist... 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 tha... 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, Alf... 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 RGII... 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 s... 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... 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... 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 hi... 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... 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 o... 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... 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... 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, De... 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 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 Jackso... 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. Bu... 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... 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 Patri... 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... 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 bein... 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." ... 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 th... 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... 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.... 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 ahe... 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 sea... 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.... 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 th... 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 Mu... 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. Bu... 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 c... 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... 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 N... 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 th... 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... 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... 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 -- befor... 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 fo... 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'... 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 w... 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 coach... 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 th... 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 lo... 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. Th... 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 could... 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, fue... 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 Minnesot... 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 ar... 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 Harba... 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.... 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 trus... 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. Y... 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 M... 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 scor... 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 goi... 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 l... 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. An... 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 o... 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 seq... 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:... 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 man... 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... 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 fl... 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)... 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 --... 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 Thursd... 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 do... 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 f... 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 decla... 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 Je... 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 Ba... 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. N... 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... 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 NFL.c... more

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