Greg Cosell

  • Greg Cosell's Podcast: Cardinals, Seahawks to battle for NFC West

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes. Links to previous division preview podcasts are at the end of this post.

    The NFC West this season should have two of the best teams in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals will wage a very interesting battle for the division crown.

    There are some changes for each team that bear watching. In Arizona, the defense added Chandler Jones, the type of pass rusher the Cardinals haven't had in a few years. Seattle will begin life after Marshawn Lynch retired, which might bring about some changes in their offensive identity.

    The other two teams in the division are intriguing as well. The Los Angeles Rams added a new quarterback, Jared Goff, who should improve the offense over time. And the San Francisco 49ers have a quarterback battle to watch between Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. We discuss all that and more in this episode of "The Shutdown" podcast:

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  • Greg Cosell's Podcast: AFC South has become a lot more interesting

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes. Links to previous division preview podcasts are at the end of this post.

    The AFC South was supposed to be won by the Indianapolis Colts in a landslide last season, but that didn't happen. The Houston Texans won the division after the Colts struggled and then lost quarterback Andrew Luck to injury. And going into 2016, the division seems to have gotten better.

    Luck will be back for the Colts. The Texans added a lot to the offense, including free-agent quarterback Brock Osweiler. The Jaguars have a good young core, and added to it in the draft. The Titans are building around quarterback Marcus Mariota. There's something interesting about each team in the AFC South heading into the season.

    We talked about each of the AFC South teams in depth in the latest episode of "The Shutdown" podcast:

     

     

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    NFC East

  • Greg Cosell's Podcast: Other NFC South teams chase the Panthers

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes. Links to previous division preview podcasts are at the end of this post.

    The Carolina Panthers have won the NFC South three years in a row, and they'll be favored to win it again this season. One reason is the Panthers have one of the most creative offenses in the NFL, and we talk about the unique scheme in the latest episode of "The Shutdown" podcast.

    We talked about all four NFC South teams in the podcast, and there are interesting story lines for each of them. The New Orleans Saints have to fix their defense. The Atlanta Falcons have to figure out what went wrong after a fast start last year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are building around an intriguing young quarterback, Jameis Winston. And those three teams are all chasing Carolina.

    We talked about all of those things and more in the latest episode:

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    NFC East

  • Greg Cosell's Podcast: Are the Steelers a Super Bowl contender?

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes. Links to previous division preview podcasts are at the end of this post.

    The AFC North is arguably the NFL's best division, though each of the teams in it have some questions to answer this year.

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    Will the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense be good enough to make it a Super Bowl contender? Will the Baltimore Ravens be able to rebuild their front seven on the fly? How will the Cincinnati Bengals' new-look receiving corps fare? Can Robert Griffin III revive his career with the Cleveland Browns?

     

     

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    NFC East

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  • Greg Cosell's Podcast: Aaron Rodgers tries to take back NFC North

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes. Links to previous division preview podcasts are at the end of this post.

    Last season there was an unexpected champion in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings' win at Lambeau Field in Week 17 over the Green Bay Packers secured the division crown.

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    The conversation for most of the second half of last season was about the struggles of the Packers offense, and the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. There are plenty of layers to those issues, as well as the Vikings' ability to repeat as division champs, and we dealt with many of them along with other questions on NFC North teams in this podcast:

    CHICAGO LIONS

    - How much will the additions at linebacker help the defense?

    DETROIT LIONS

    GREEN BAY PACKERS

    MINNESOTA VIKINGS

     

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  • Greg Cosell's Podcast: Examining Bill Belichick, and the AFC East

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes.

    In our first podcast for this series, we looked at the NFC East. Now we turn our attention to the AFC East, which has four very interesting teams coming into this season. 

    You can find the podcast at the end of this post, and here are a few of the key questions we tackled for each team:

    BUFFALO BILLS

    - Why did Rex Ryan's pressure schemes not work as well in 2016, his first season with the Bills?

    - Can Buffalo's run-first offense produce big results?

    MIAMI DOLPHINS

    - After four seasons, what positives and negatives do we see from Ryan Tannehill?

    - How did Ndamukong Suh play last season, when you break down the game tape?

    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

    - Bill Belichick is often referred to as a great coach, but what specifically makes his teams so tough to prepare for?

    - The Patriots' offense is a bit unconventional, but how is it so effective? And how will Martellus Bennett fit in?

    NEW YORK JETS

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  • Greg Cosell's Offseason Review Podcasts: The NFC East

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in "The Shutdown" podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes.

    In each of these divisional episodes we'll explore each team in depth, as we talk schemes and player strengths and weaknesses based on my film study. We'll start with the NFC East, and here's a sample of some of the questions we explored in this episode:

    DALLAS COWBOYS

    - What can we expect from Tony Romo this season, and can he still be the type of quarterback who carries an offense?

    - What makes the Cowboys' offensive line so great?

    NEW YORK GIANTS

    - Why do teams have such a tough time taking Odell Beckham out of the game, especially last season when the Giants didn't have many other receiving weapons aside from Beckham?

    - How did Jason Pierre-Paul look on film last season, and will he be effective going forward?

    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

    - Did we see any strides from Sam Bradford on last season's game film, and how will he fit in Doug Pederson's offense?

    - How will new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's schemes help the Eagles' defense?

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Greg Cosell's Draft Review: Teams' picks tell us a lot (Podcast)

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    We focus a lot on the individual picks in an NFL draft, but I think a lot can be gleaned about what a team wants its identity to be based on its draft class.

    Most teams go through the draft with certain strategies or goals in mind, whether it's to attack a certain position, draft specific types of players (big cornerbacks, for example) or build a certain identity. Most picks fit as part of a bigger plan.

    In the first post-draft episode of our podcast, "The Shutdown," we talked about individual players and what to make of their landing spots. In this episode, we shifted focus a bit and discussed many teams and what we can learn from taking a look at their draft class as a whole:

    Here are a few of the teams we talked about, and there were many more in the podcast:

    Seattle Seahawks: I think they made the point that even with Marshawn Lynch retired, they're still going to maintain the same personality, and that's based in running the ball.

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  • Greg Cosell's Review: How Wentz, Goff and Lynch fit (Podcast)

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Before the draft, we talked a lot about scheme fits for many of the prospects, and now we get to see how the draftees fit with their new teams.

    In the latest episode of our podcast, “The Shutdown,” we discussed many of the players and how they fit in with their new teams. We talked about why Joey Bosa fits well in the San Diego Chargers’ 3-4 defense, how the Jacksonville Jaguars defense will change with all their offseason acquisitions including Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, and the new-look Houston Texans’ offense. Here’s the podcast:

    The most interesting discussions are how the highly drafted quarterbacks fit with their new teams. We talked about many quarterbacks in the podcast, and here’s some of the discussion on the three quarterbacks who were taken in the first round:

    Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

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    Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Greg Cosell's Draft Preview: Why 'Blind Side' OTs are riskier now

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 3 mths ago

    An offensive tackle used to be considered a safe pick in the top half of the first round. That hasn't been the case lately.

    Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel are a few tackles taken very high in recent NFL drafts who haven't lived up to their draft status yet. Any one of them could still have a great career, because they're all young and still learning. But it's also true that tackles don't seem like safe picks anymore, like they were considered to be just a few years ago.

    It's another way the difference between the college game and the pro game is affecting NFL draft evaluation.

    A large majority of major college football uses the spread offense in one form or another. From an offensive standpoint, it's one back, empty sets and the offensive linemen use wide splits — there's a lot of space between linemen before the snap. Spread offenses spread the defenses out too of course. There aren't many people in the box in college. Sometimes it's just five defenders in the box. That's something that you will not find in the NFL game.

     

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