The evening after the Atlanta Falcons drafted Matt Ryan in April 2008, general manager Thomas Dimitroff stood in a corridor of the team’s Flowery Branch practice facility and let grand ambition creep into his thoughts. Dimitroff had been on the job for only a few months and team owner Arthur Blank talked
If it was left up to the talent assessments, there’s little question where Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon would be landing in this spring’s NFL draft. For months, these will be the warring assessments surrounding the most controversial player in this NFL draft. Thirty-two NFL teams will be divided
For all the talk of no moral victories, even an emotionally drained Jerry Jones had a hard time swerving around the future of the Dallas Cowboys. “It took some really outstanding plays to have us sitting in the locker room like this,” Jones said Sunday night, contemplating the divisional round loss
The indescribable nuance that drives teams insane in their search for great NFL quarterbacks made the moment exquisite. The grab set up the field goal that sent the Dallas Cowboys home after the greatest regular season in team history. Afterward, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that
Dez Bryant said he wasn’t going to talk about it – that season-breaking catch/no-catch fiasco from the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers back in January 2015. Admittedly, he couldn’t resist swiping through the #dezcaughtit hashtag when he found out the Cowboys would face the Packers again. Fans
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay has emerged as a leading candidate in the Los Angeles Rams’ search for their next head coach, two sources told Yahoo Sports. The Rams have yet to meet with Atlanta Falcons assistant Kyle Shanahan and are beginning to pare down an expansive list of
When the time came for Houston Texans owner Bob McNair to finally expound on the job security of head coach Bill O’Brien, he wasted little breath. Standing outside the Texans’ locker room Saturday night, McNair sent an emphatic message. As in: not getting fired, never in jeopardy of a pink slip (even
The Oakland Raiders were preparing to break training camp. “COME on!” Cook screamed toward the ground, slapping his hands together. About 30 minutes later, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was grinning about it.
When Chip Kelly was close to taking the San Francisco 49ers job nearly one year ago, he was warned by some of those he trusted that it wasn’t the most stable situation. Part of the fan base had soured on team owner Jed York. The hometown media was hammering general manager Trent Baalke.
Unless pink-slipping his own shadow is on the agenda, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is running out of credible options to pawn off blame. 49ers CEO Jed York has a big mess to clean up this offseason as his franchise will be searching for a new general manager and head coach.
For months, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was adamant that he couldn’t lose with his quarterbacks. Dak Prescott or Tony Romo, Romo or Dak. Spin a bottle, throw a dart, sit one and start the other, the franchise had a stacked deck.
When it was over and the Detroit Lions had wrapped an evening looking nothing like a team worthy of sharing a playoff bracket with the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Jim Caldwell reached deep into a well of vague descriptors. Detroit abandoned a surprisingly successful running game against Dallas because
First it was Oklahoma defensive tackle Charles Walker voluntarily ending his season early. Then came a stable of college football running backs: LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Baylor’s Shock Linwood. All wrapping their college careers earlier than anticipated, heading for
The Los Angeles Rams are moving toward a meeting with ESPN analyst Jon Gruden about the team’s head coaching vacancy, multiple sources with knowledge of the Rams’ coaching search have told Yahoo Sports. The sources indicated Gruden has become a focal point on the Rams’ list of candidates, but that other
Multiple sources with insight into the earliest stages of the Rams coaching search said there is a monster name that intrigues the power brokers inside the franchise: the Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll. The same Pete Carroll who faces the Rams on Thursday night. The same Pete Carroll who resides inside
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a dislocation and ligament damage to the middle finger of his throwing hand, impacting the middle and proximal phalanges, a source confirmed to Yahoo Sports. The Lions and Stafford will assess non-surgical options to deal with the injury for the remainder
Carson Wentz doesn’t believe he has issues with his throwing mechanics. Some NFL evaluators disagree. Now several personnel evaluators familiar with the Eagles and Wentz are pointing to a common thread, one that the quarterback and coaching staff may not share agreement.
In late October 2015, the Detroit Lions reached a crossroads moment in their offense. Coordinator Joe Lombardi was fired and Jim Bob Cooter was elevated to his position. Matthew Stafford has helped lead the Lions to a 7-4 mark this season, good for first in the NFC North.
Seven months later, there is still some dispute about why so many NFL teams missed on Dak Prescott. One team source told Yahoo Sports four quarterbacks drew a better collective grade from the organization – Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook.
Not only has that plan failed through 11 games, Osweiler is statistically worse than that aggregate. Start with the person who pressed this plan into action (team owner Bob McNair), extend to the general manager who championed Osweiler (Rick Smith), and keep going to the coach who was on board with
Kirk Cousins wanted real, guaranteed money. The Washington Redskins said no. Instead, the franchise wanted Cousins to sign a team-friendly, long-term deal and lower his one-year $19.95 million salary for 2016. Cousins said no.
For Kirk Cousins, it’s going to come down to the second half of the season, the stretch run that will make or break the Washington Redskins’ season … and maybe his bank account. Cousins is just one of the centerpiece players whose free-agent prospects will be significantly impacted by the back half
When Laquon Treadwell was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in April, general manager Rick Spielman talked about finding a player at the perfect intersection of need and talent. The Vikings badly needed a second option at wide receiver. Six-plus months later – and eight games into his NFL career – Treadwell