Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert is beating defenses at a historic rate

When I studied Justin Herbert’s Oregon tape, I wasn’t convinced that Herbert would be an NFL quarterback right away, never mind being a top-tier quarterback in the NFL. I thought it would take at least a couple years for him to figure it out at the next level. When I compiled my list of “boom-or-bust” […]

Baker Mayfield’s pick-six is further proof of his problems in the pocket

The Cleveland Browns came into Sunday with a 4-1 record, their best such mark since Bill Belichick was their head coach in 1994, and quarterback Baker Mayfield has been decent statistically, so an obvious Mayfield problem hasn’t been discussed enough. But after this interception to Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, which Fitzpatrick returned 33 yards for […]

Stark: Weird and Wild, Rays-Astros ALCS Game 2

Another mesmerizing postseason baseball game busted out in San Diego on Monday. The scoreboard will tell us the Rays beat the Astros, 4-2, to take a two-games-to-none lead in this American League Championship Series. But there were so many illogical and incomprehensible developments along the way, how could I not recap the Wildest and Weirdest […]

Ravens would be wise to dare Joe Burrow to throw deep

The Bengals rookie quarterback, Joe Burrow, has shown playmaking ability, accuracy and poise that are rare of passers early in their career. Just not deep. Through four games, Burrow has been among the worst deep passers in football. Burrow’s deep passing numbers through four games, according to Sports Info Solutions, would suggest that the Ravens […]

Michigan’s Ronnie Bell moves to the front of the line

It was just two years ago when an under-recruited, underrated wide receiver named Ronnie Bell walked onto Michigan’s campus for the first time. Bell was a basketball star in high school — an athlete with above-average agility — who played football for fun. But he quickly turned heads in practice, enough to warrant playing time […]

Rick Hahn: José Abreu deserves Gold Glove hype along with 2020 AL MVP talk

Well, regardless of this writer’s attempt at some cultural relevancy, there’s momentum building for a Gold Glove campaign for the White Sox first baseman, at least in the team’s front office, where the general manager spent some time during his lengthy media session Friday touting the defensive prowess of the guy who might just be […]

Joe Burrow debut analysis: Bengals have found their long-term quarterback

Joe Burrow represents a new dawn for Bengals fans everywhere. The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner was selected first overall by the Bengals back in April. One COVID dominated off-season later and Burrow made his long-awaited debut at home, in front of an empty Paul Brown stadium, against the LA Chargers. Burrow impressed mightily and was […]

Think Lamar Jackson Can’t Throw? These Week 1 Passing Stats Prove You Wrong

You wouldn’t think this is a controversial statement when examining his stats across the first two seasons (plus one game) of his career. But for some reason, national analysts spent all offseason claiming that Jackson still has a lot to prove when it comes to throwing the ball.  Experts asked if he could throw without the threat […]

Why DJ Chark is The Next Jaguars Player Deserving of a Big Second Contract

Just a few years ago, fans and analysts alike pondered how the Jacksonville Jaguars would be able to fit all of their young talent under the cap. Jalen Ramsey, Yannick Ngakoue and Leonard Fournette were just a few of the young cornerstones the team figured to build around. Now, all are gone. The last time […]

Washington’s most important players: No. 7 Richard Newton

Richard Newton lined up in the wildcat formation. Everybody in the stadium knew he was about to touch the ball for the first time in a college football game. What the 65,709 at Husky Stadium that September afternoon probably didn’t know is that Newton would take the snap, fake a handoff to another running back, […]

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