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2020 NFL Divisional Round: Best way to exploit each offense
Jan 12, 2021
This weekend's Divisional Round features six of the seven top-scoring offenses from the regular season, but David Carr reveals the best way for opposing defenses to exploit each of the remaining eight offensive units in the playoffs.
Offensive Player Rankings, Week 17: Six players who need a fresh start in 2021
Dec 29, 2020
In the wake of his release, Dwayne Haskins might benefit from a change-of-scenery reset. Who else could use an offseason move? David Carr lists offensive players in need of a fresh start. Plus, an updated ranking of the top 15 offensive players in 2020.
Offensive Player Rankings, Week 14: Teams whose 2021 starting QB isn't on the current roster
Dec 08, 2020
What's next for franchises without a true answer at the game's most important position? David Carr spotlights seven teams whose 2021 starting QB isn't on the roster. Plus, an updated ranking of the top 15 offensive players in the NFL.
Offensive Player Rankings, Week 10: Blueprints for beating Tom Brady, Russell Wilson exposed?
Nov 10, 2020
Did Week 9 reveal the blueprints for defeating Tom Brady and Russell Wilson? David Carr dives into each quarterback's surprisingly poor performance. Plus, there's a new No. 1 in the top-15 offensive player rankings.
Offensive Player Rankings, Week 8: Top five QBs under 25 I'd build around
Oct 27, 2020
After big performances from Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert, David Carr lists the top five quarterbacks under 25 he'd build a team around. Plus, Tom Brady enters his offensive player rankings for the first time this season.
2020 NFL season: 49ers' George Kittle headlines top 10 tight ends
Jul 23, 2020
Once the top player at the tight end position, Rob Gronkowski is back in the league after one year away from the game. Where does he stand in David Carr's ranking of the top 10 tight ends heading into the 2020 season?
Quarterback relocations: Tom Brady, Philip Rivers set up to thrive
Mar 26, 2020
This fall, Tom Brady will play for a team other than the New England Patriots for the first time in 20 years. How will the G.O.A.T. fare in Tampa? David Carr examines five big-name QB relocations, providing stat projections and analysis for each.
Ten quarterbacks worth pursuing in free agency/2020 NFL Draft
Feb 19, 2020
Prospect Joe Burrow just had one of the best seasons in college football history, while free agent Tom Brady is arguably the best QB the NFL has ever seen. Where do they rank in David Carr's list of the top 10 quarterbacks worth pursuing in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft?
Offensive player rankings, Week 16: Evaluating veteran QB play
Dec 18, 2019
Nine notable NFL quarterbacks will be 35 or older by the start of the 2020 regular season. How many of those guys still have what it takes to be a starting NFL QB? David Carr gives his two cents. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 12: Tom Brady falls out of top 15
Nov 19, 2019
Tom Brady acknowledged Sunday that the Patriots' defense is "keeping us in every game." Can the offense pick it up down the stretch? David Carr explains why the Pats' offensive woes makes them a playoff liability. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 11: Lamar Jackson hits top five
Nov 12, 2019
We're likely to see quite the shakeup at the game's most important position in the offseason, so David Carr scans the league and lists five teams that don't yet have their 2020 QB1s. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 9: Ravens built to top Pats' D
Oct 29, 2019
The Patriots' defense has dominated opponents this season. David Carr explains why Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are built to overtake Bill Belichick's unit when they meet Sunday. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 7: Assessing two QB situations
Oct 15, 2019
After getting benched last week, does Marcus Mariota have a future in Tennessee? How long will Andy Dalton stay on the field for the winless Bengals? David Carr assesses the QB situations in Tennessee and Cincy. Plus, updated rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 5: Thielen's frustration justified
Oct 01, 2019
With Minnesota's struggles in the pass game, do Minnesota WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have the right to be frustrated? David Carr says the receivers' feelings are understandable -- and lists two others in the same boat. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 4: Six quarterbacks in top 15
Sep 24, 2019
Cam Newton might not see the field for several weeks after suffering a foot injury. David Carr explains why the Panthers are better off starting Kyle Allen for the remainder of the 2019 season. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 3: How Saints go on sans Brees
Sep 17, 2019
The New Orleans Saints will roll with Teddy Bridgewater under center for 6-8 weeks. David Carr reveals three keys to the Saints' offensive success without Drew Brees. Plus, updated offensive player rankings heading into Week 3.
The next Brady-Belichick? Six QB-coach duos with bright futures
Jan 22, 2019
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have enjoyed nearly two decades of success, while their Super Bowl LIII opponents, Sean McVay and Jared Goff, could just be getting started. David Carr lists six QB-coach combos that could enjoy sustained success.
Championship Sunday: Ranking head coaches based on trust
Jan 15, 2019
Bill Belichick will coach the Patriots in their eighth straight AFC title game, while Sean McVay makes his Championship Sunday debut with the Rams. David Carr ranks the four remaining head coaches based on who he trusts most.
Offensive player rankings, Week 17: Lamar Jackson in ideal spot
Dec 26, 2018
Although Lamar Jackson slid in April's draft, Baltimore ended up being the perfect landing spot for the young passer. David Carr lists four other offensive rookies who ended up in good situations. Plus, see his updated rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 13: Aaron Rodgers plummets
Nov 27, 2018
Andrew Luck is thriving in Frank Reich's first season as Colts head coach and offensive play caller. David Carr explores their relationship and two other QB-play caller marriages that are built to last. Plus, see Carr's updated ranking of the league's top 15 offensive players.
Offensive player rankings, Week 12: Tom Brady falls out of top 15
Nov 20, 2018
The Vikings invested a lot in Kirk Cousins this offseason, but was giving away the farm to Cousins worth it? David Carr analyzes the situation in Minnesota. Plus, he provides an updated ranking of the NFL's top 15 offensive players.
Offensive player rankings, Week 9: Mayfield gets fresh start
Oct 30, 2018
After Monday's firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, David Carr explains that the Browns have stunted Baker Mayfield's growth but can still avoid ruining their young QB. Plus, see Carr's updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 8: Chiefs boast scariest offense
Oct 23, 2018
Ten offenses average at least 27 points per game heading into Week 8. With just over half of the regular season left, David Carr decides which units he wouldn't want to face in the playoffs. Plus, updated rankings of the top 15 offensive players.
Offensive player rankings, Week 7: OBJ has right to be frustrated
Oct 16, 2018
With the Giants sitting at 1-5, does star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have the right to be frustrated? David Carr says the receiver's feelings are understandable -- and lists two other guys in the same boat. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.
Offensive player rankings, Week 4: Todd Gurley takes No. 1 spot
Sep 25, 2018
What's driving the increase in slot production in 2018, and how do guys like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and A.J. Green fit in? David Carr has the answers. Plus, there's a new No. 1 in the updated offensive player rankings.
Baker Mayfield tops list of most pro-ready quarterback prospects
Apr 17, 2018
With the draft weeks away, David Carr examines which QB prospects are the most pro-ready. Can Baker Mayfield lead an NFL team like he did in Oklahoma? Will youth hinder Sam Darnold? Is Josh Allen more than just a big arm?
Why Sam Darnold will be best NFL quarterback to hail from USC
Apr 09, 2018
Why should we believe that quarterback prospect Sam Darnold won't be just another USC great who struggles in the NFL? David Carr looks back at the careers of several top Trojan signal-callers and explains why Darnold will break the mold.