Deone Bucannon, Mark Barron ushering in new era of defense

Bruce Arians coolly lists them as “moneybackers.” Jeff Fisher, ever technical, defines them as an “undersized linebacker, oversized defensive back.” By “them,” I mean hybrid defenders. And by “hybrid defenders,” I mean the wave of the future. These guys possess the physicality to meet a running back in the hole, but also the athleticism to…

Malcolm Jenkins disses Rex Ryan with Jets compliment

Fresh off their impressive upset victory over the Colts, the 2-0 Jets are, for now, the talk of the football world. Ironically, they’re winning without doing any talking, a refreshing change from when Rex Ryan was blowing enough hot air to blanket the five boroughs. According to Malcolm Jenkins, who gets his crack at Todd…

Winston: Mariota and I like ‘two horses at the race track’

One of the more appealing Opening Day matchups takes place in Tampa Bay, where No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers will square off with the Titans and No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota. Predictably, in the run-up to the game, Winston was asked about the battle of the ballyhooed rookie quarterbacks. Predictably,…

Jeremy Maclin: ‘I don’t give a damn about your fantasy team’

There are some NFL players — Calvin Johnson, for example — who genuinely care about your all-too-important fantasy football teams. And there are those who simply couldn’t care less. Jeremy Maclin, as he’s made clear, falls into the latter category. In a bah-humbug moment, the Chiefs receiver on Sunday took to his Twitter account to…

Jason Avant cut after critiquing Panthers’ play-calling

The Carolina Panthers apparently have seen — and heard — enough of Jason Avant. Avant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, sent out a cryptic tweet on Tuesday, implying the veteran receiver has been given his walking papers. Much better things ahead and role for Jason Avant. Definitely deserves better. — Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) November 18, 2014 FOX…

Maclin on Eagles’ rout: Raiders would’ve beaten us, too

The 0-10 Oakland Raiders, who, as of Monday, haven’t won a game in a calender year, are a representative example of failure. They’re also a measuring stick for another team’s failure. After the Eagles were romped by the Packers, 53-20, on Sunday, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin gave Oakland a not-so-complimentary shout out. “We got our…