CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:   Ted Ginn #19 of the Carolina Panthers tries to maintain possession against Tramaine Brock #26 of the San Francisco 49ers as they go out of bounds in the 3rd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. officials in Carolina and Cleveland

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. And believe it or not, after a really stupid Week 1, there wasn’t as much stupidity in Week 2. That’s good news for the NFL, bad news for us. Still, there were some foolishness this week. Here’s a summary, starting with […]

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers wears a towel over his head late in the second half while taking on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. everything that happened to Cam Newton

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. And in Week 1, there were plenty. Assault on Cam Newton’s skull Where to start here? Let’s list the many things that were scary stupid about the four illegal hits to the head that the Broncos laid on Cam Newton Thursday […]

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 25:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins is sacked by J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans during a game  at Sun Life Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Perfect games elusive for NFL quarterbacks

It’s been nearly four years since we last had a perfect game in Major League Baseball, but it’s been over 10 years since a quarterback pitched the only perfect game in NFL history. Wait, what? Put it this way: The only quarterback ever to complete every pass in a game while throwing at least 10 […]

New York Jets v New England Patriots

Time for Tom Brady and the NFLPA to throw in the towel

The Supreme Court of the United States has bigger fish to fry. Of course, there’s a chance SCOTUS grants Tom Brady’s appeal. About five percent of appeals to the highest court in the land are granted, and a high-profile case like this one might be tempting. But the reality is that this might be the best […]

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Free safety Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks  defeated the Cardinals 34-22.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The top 25 NFL players under the age of 25

Some NFL players need time to emerge. That doesn’t apply to the following group of players who have quickly become impact players and stars in the league. Here’s a look at our top 25 players under the age of 25 for the 2016 NFL offseason. (All ages as of June 1, 2016.) 1. Tyrann Mathieu, […]

12 Jan 1991: Kicker Scott Norwood #11 of the Buffalo Bills misses a 47-yard field goal wide right at the end of regulation during Super Bowl XXV against the New York Giants at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Giants won the game, 20-19.

The NFL’s 5 most tortured playoff teams

With the NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing, we’ve seen some remarkable victories and heartbreaking failures. And because it’s Game of Thrones season, it only seems fitting that this week at The Comeback we take a long look at the latter. Here are the franchises with the most torturous postseason histories in all of […]

23 Sep 2001:  Quarterback Ty Detmer of the Detroit Lions looks dejected as he stands on the sideline late in the game  against the Cleveland Browns  at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns won 24-14. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon/Allsport

The 12 worst quarterback performances in NFL history

We’re approaching the dead period of the NFL offseason, which gives us an opportunity to step back and relive some of the good and the bad from the league’s history books. In this particular case, it’s all bad. Based primarily on statistical performances, here’s a look at the 12 worst quarterback performances in modern NFL […]

NEW YORK - APRIL 24: (L-R) NFL draft prospects Eugene Monroe, Virginia, Brian Cushing, USC, Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, Jason Smith, Baylor, and Matthew Stafford, Georgia, pose atop the Radio City Music Hall marquee April 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images)

Looking at the historically bad 2009 NFL Draft class, seven years later

Conventional wisdom says it takes two or three years to judge an NFL Draft class. Well, we’ve had seven years to watch the players who were drafted in 2009, and it’s probably safe to conclude that said class might be one of the worst in NFL history. That draft has produced just five first-team All-Pros, which, […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers listens to the fans cheer during the final seconds of a win against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 38-0.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Ranking all 32 projected NFL starting quarterbacks for 2016

A lot could — and probably will — change in the NFL between now and the second week of September, when Week 1 on the schedule kicks off. But right now, there are some large and small favorites to win starting quarterback jobs on all 32 NFL rosters. Here’s how we rank them.   1. […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

6 key statistical trends coming out of the 2016 NFL Draft

We’ve had a chance to digest what took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Chicago, and after crunching some numbers, we’ve discovered some interesting stats-based trends regarding the NFL Draft. Offense early: 53 of the last 72 top-four picks, dating back to 1999, have been offensive players. That’s 74 percent. During that 17-draft span, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28:  Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam looks on prior to the preseason game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Browns should be happy to let Eagles commit football suicide for No. 2 pick

Dumping on the Cleveland Browns really has become a national pastime. After all, we’re talking about a team that has employed six general managers and six head coaches in the last nine years, a team that has drafted just one first-team All-Pro this century, a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1994 and a […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 27:   Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after defeating the New Orleans Saints 27-22 at Bank of America Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Examining 10 potential landing spots for free agent cornerback Josh Norman

In an extremely sudden and rather shocking move, the Carolina Panthers rescinded Josh Norman’s franchise tag on Wednesday, immediately making the All-Pro cornerback an unrestricted free agent. With the draft just a week away, it’s a weird time for an NFL star to hit the open market. Taking that and events from the last six weeks […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ranking every primetime game on the 2016 NFL schedule

This year’s NFL schedule features 50 primetime games and 56 nationally-televised games, with one more scheduled to be added on the final Sunday of the season. There’s also a chance that as many as eight Sunday night games will be flexed between Week 5 and Week 16. But working only with what we know right […]

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 8:  Kelly Holcomb #10 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked by Aeneas Williams #35 of the St. Louis Rams during the game December 8, 2003 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ranking every Cleveland Browns quarterback this century

Assuming he starts Week 1 — and right now, the odds probably favor it — Robert Griffin III will become the Cleveland Browns’ 25th starting quarterback in an 18-season span. Back in December, we gave you everything you needed to know about the 24 quarterbacks who had started for Cleveland since 1999. Now, we rank […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 22: Referee John Parry #132 holds a meeting with other officials during a game between the St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 22, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Buccaneers 23-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Why exactly does NFL officiating require a “human element”?

Nostalgia is powerful and change is scary. That dynamic makes it difficult for many of us to fully embrace technology, even if it would benefit us greatly. And naturally, it is generally easier for those who have spent much of their lives surrounded by modern technology to accept and grasp the potential changes that have been made […]

Jacksonville Jaguars v Washington Redskins

With Manning and Osweiler gone, what will the Denver Broncos do at quarterback?

Can you blame Denver Broncos general manager John Elway for refusing to pay Brock Osweiler $18 million a year? The 25-year-old quarterback had just seven career starts under his belt and a passer rating of 86.0 before hitting free agency this week. The Broncos benched him in favor of the league’s lowest-rated qualified passer late […]

18 Apr 1998:  Running back Curtis Enis, defensive back Charles Woodson and quarterbacks Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning stand together during the NFL draft at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire  /Allsport

Peyton Manning vs. the rest of the 1998 draft class

Peyton Manning made his retirement official this week, giving us a chance to have some fun by remembering that even Manning wasn’t a sure thing when the Indianapolis Colts drafted him 18 years ago. In fact, a lot of folks thought that Washington State product Ryan Leaf was a better prospect, and fellow quarterback prospects […]

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes under pressure from  Jason Hunter #93 of the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Looking back on Peyton Manning’s 18 best NFL games

Peyton Manning is officially retiring, so with No. 18 walking away after 18 seasons in the NFL, here’s a look at his 18 best games. Honorable Mentions Oct. 6, 2003: Colts 38, Buccaneers 35 Indy trailed 28-7 before Manning went 13 of 17 for 187 yards in the fourth quarter, leading the Colts to four […]

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Cincinnati Bengals during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

2016 NFL free agency all-star team

With the NFL Scouting Combine over and the franchise tag deadline behind us, we have a chance to look forward to the start of free agency by identifying the top players available at each position. With the new league year kicking off in a week, here’s The Comeback’s 2016 all-free agency all-star team. Quarterback: Brock […]

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Oakland Raiders cheerleaders rally the crowd against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum on November 9, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

9 ways the NFL has been screwing people on the path to billions

A lot of folks were shocked to learn earlier this week that oft-maligned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $34.1 million in 2014. But when you consider that the league’s revenues have skyrocketed for much of Goodell’s reign, and that CNN Money estimated it would pull in about $13 billion in 2015 revenue, it’s not difficult […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Super Bowl MVP   Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  The Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Offseason priorities for all 32 NFL teams

The Super Bowl is still in the rear-view mirror, but the 2016 NFL offseason is already heating up. Free agency kicks off in three weeks and the draft is only 10 weeks away. With that in mind, here’s a look at top priorities for every team. Arizona Cardinals: Shore up the pass rush When the […]


Cam Newton was more concerned with saving his leg than saving the Super Bowl

On Tuesday, nearly 48 hours after he fell flat on his face with an abysmal performance in Super Bowl 50, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finally properly addressed the media — and by extension, his fans — as he and his teammates cleared out their lockers in Charlotte. I was looking forward to hearing Newton […]