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Oates on Football

Longtime pro football writer Bob Oates shares his experienced commentary on the NFL.

  • False-Start day

    The roar of the crowd can make a difference on the field. . . . . but in football games, is that the sporting thing to do?

  • Leinart Has Fast Start

    The NFL Week: A keen new passer . . . Other rookie quarterbacks seldom play . . . Arizona squanders Leinart’s lead.

  • The Game Is Better Than Ever

    NFL on the way up. Pass offenses create the most difference as well as the most excitement. Owners' rule changes paying off.

  • Fines, Not Suspensions, Are Needed

    Suspending NFL players is punishing the wrong people: their teammates

  • One Bold Pass

    The NFL week: Shanahan starts with an edge on Belichick; he brings in a big-play receiver

  • These Bears Can Fly

    The NFL Week: Chicago Putting It Together. . . . Calling Plays Right for Grossman . . . . Six Teams Playing Modern, Pass-First Football.

  • Aggressors Win

    Edgerrin James' Departure Gives Peyton Manning His Best Chance to Win: Now He Can Throw Passes on First Down

  • Patriots, Bengals, Steelers

    This is going to be remembered in pro football as the year of the pass -- the year of more pass-first teams and fewer run-first offenses. For, in the 2006 exhibition season, a record number of coaches had their players throwing the ball aggressively -- that is, passing on early downs. And in doing...

  • The Officiating Brouhaha

    Football is So Difficult to Officiciate that It Can't Be Done Flawlessly.

  • Caveman Bill

    Steeler Coach Dulls Up Super Bowl . . . Hard on Own Team . . . Wins Worst Game with Trick Play . . . Pittsburgh's Huge Edge Over Seattle Not Visible in Statistics.