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49ers-Eagles has serious Game of the Year potential; plus, Denver's revival and the art of scripting plays
Dec 01, 2023
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks digs into the potential Game of the Year: 49ers at Eagles. Plus, the driving force behind Denver's inspiring turnaround and a look at the art of scripting plays via "the first 15."
Mike Tomlin heads top 5 candidates in Coach of the Year race; Sam Howell's viability as a franchise QB
Nov 17, 2023
Coach of the Year is emerging as one of the more compelling award races in the 2023 NFL season. So, who are the top five candidates? Bucky Brooks provides his ranking. Plus, an examination of Sam Howell's viability as a true franchise quarterback.
C.J. Stroud superbly adjusted to NFL's adjustment; ranking four AFC North teams in league's best race
Nov 10, 2023
After C.J. Stroud provided one of the most transcendent rookie showings in memory, Bucky Brooks identifies one of the Houston Texans quarterback's finest traits. Plus, a ranking of the four teams in the NFL's best division.
NFL defenses that CAN win a championship; plus, the early Coach of the Year and A.J. Brown's domination
Nov 03, 2023
"Defenses win championships." How much does this age-old adage apply in today's offense-driven NFL? Well, Bucky Brooks spotlights five Ds that CAN spark a run to the Lombardi Trophy. Plus, the midseason Coach of the Year and the secret to A.J. Brown's success.
NFL's biggest game-planning nightmares today; plus, Brandon Staley's unexpected flaw and Philly's trade
Oct 27, 2023
Who are the biggest game-planning nightmares in the NFL today? Bucky Brooks spotlights five players at five different positions. Plus, analysis on Brandon Staley's unexpected flaw and another fruitful trade for the Eagles.
Yes, the Lions ARE Super Bowl contenders; plus, the keys to Cleveland's defense and Miami's run game
Oct 20, 2023
Are the Lions legit Super Bowl contenders? Why has the Browns' defense emerged as one of the NFL's best units? What is the key to the Dolphins' electric ground game? Bucky Brooks has the answers in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Brock Purdy looks like true franchise quarterback for 49ers; Bill Belichick on borrowed time with Patriots?
Oct 13, 2023
Is Brock Purdy a true franchise quarterback in San Francisco? Is Bill Belichick on borrowed time in New England? Did the Jaguars just uncover an unconventional advantage in London? Bucky Brooks provides answers in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
NFL division leaders at quarter mark: Chiefs most secure, Bucs most surprising, Colts most suspect
Oct 06, 2023
With four Sundays in the books, we're essentially at the quarter mark of the 2023 NFL regular season. Of the eight division leaders, which one is the most secure in its standing? The most surprising? The most suspect? Bucky Brooks has the answers.
C.J. Stroud-led draft class laying fine foundation for Texans; early Defensive Player of the Year candidates
Sep 29, 2023
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights one draft class that's truly laying the foundation for an NFL franchise. Plus, an early look at the top contenders in what could be a special Defensive Player of the Year race.
Justin Fields on borrowed time as Bears' QB? Plus, Eric Bieniemy's impact and a fascinating innovation
Sep 22, 2023
Is Justin Fields on borrowed time as the Bears' starting quarterback? In the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores a hot-button issue in Chicago. Plus, Eric Bieniemy's early impact on the Commanders and a fascinating innovation in special teams.
Jets can adopt Brock Purdy plan with Zach Wilson; plus, Jessie Bates III's value and Miami's cheat code
Sep 15, 2023
Is this year's Brock Purdy ... former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson? In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Jets coach Robert Saleh should employ his former team's blueprint. Plus, Jessie Bates III's rare value and the Dolphins' new cheat code.
Aaron Rodgers-less Packers have sleeper potential in NFC, while Bills look like paper tigers in loaded AFC
Sep 08, 2023
With Aaron Rodgers no longer in Green Bay, is everyone sleeping on a well-rounded Packers team with serious potential in the NFC race? Bucky Brooks sure thinks so. Plus, one widely regarded AFC contender that could be a paper tiger.
Five rookie classes that can shape 2023 NFL season
Sep 01, 2023
The 2022 Kansas City Chiefs received widespread contributions from first-year players en route to the Super Bowl title. Which teams could get a significant boost from their newbies in 2023? Bucky Brooks spotlights five rookie classes that can shape this season.
Chris Jones headlines top 5 defensive tackles; plus, a WR trend and the Aaron Rodgers-Zach Wilson bond
Aug 25, 2023
2023 feels like the Year of the Defensive Tackle. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks ranks his top five players at the position. Where does current Chiefs holdout Chris Jones slot? Plus, a striking trend at wide receiver and the emerging bromance between Aaron Rodgers and Zach Wilson.
Will Anthony Richardson's traits trump lack of experience? Can Jags hit a rare trifecta?
Aug 18, 2023
Anthony Richardson will begin his rookie season long on potential but short on collegiate experience. In the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks examines the challenges awaiting Richardson. Plus, can the Jaguars hit a rare statistical trifecta?
Can Dak Prescott lead Cowboys to Super Bowl? Plus, thoughts on Eric Bieniemy and Seattle's secondary
Aug 11, 2023
No player enters this season under more pressure than Dak Prescott. Does the Cowboys QB have what it takes to end Dallas' 27-year Super Bowl drought? Is Eric Bieniemy's coaching style a legit problem? Bucky Brooks explores those questions in the Scout's Notebook.
Sean Payton's remarks put searing spotlight on Broncos; Justyn Ross poised for star turn on Chiefs?
Aug 04, 2023
In the wake of Sean Payton's headline-grabbing comments, the NFL spotlight shines bright on Denver? Can the Broncos meet their new coach's expectations? Plus, a potential star turn in Kansas City and a potential savior in Minnesota.
Bill Belichick on the hot seat? Plus, five rookies I can't wait to watch in training camp/preseason
Jul 28, 2023
Is Bill Belichick ... on the hot seat?! It's hard to fathom, but Bucky Brooks says the Patriots coach is entering a make-or-break season in New England. Plus, five rookies our resident scout can't wait to watch in training camp and the preseason.
Ten NFL running backs who are the engine for their team's offense entering the 2023 season
Jul 21, 2023
As the debate rages on about whether teams should be willing to pay top-of-market prices for running backs, Bucky Brooks reveals a list of 10 RBs that he views as the engine of their respective offenses.
Projecting NFC North hierarchy for 2023 season: Who will win NFL's tightest division race?
Jun 30, 2023
Heading into the 2023 NFL season, one division appears more tightly packed than the rest. So, how will a wide-open NFC North race between the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings actually play out? Bucky Brooks provides a pecking order, and No. 1 might surprise you.
2023 NFL season: The four offenses and four defenses that will make the biggest jump this fall
Jun 23, 2023
Which offenses and defenses are poised for significant improvement in the 2023 NFL season? Resident scout Bucky Brooks spotlights four units on each side of the ball that will make the biggest jump this fall.
2023 NFL season: Ranking top 10 non-quarterback franchise building blocks
Jun 16, 2023
Is there a defensive player who impacts the game more than Micah Parsons? What makes Justin Jefferson such a force at receiver? Bucky Brooks ranks the top 10 non-quarterback franchise building blocks in the NFL heading into the 2023 season.
With Miami owning sports world, will Dolphins live up to hype? Plus, Garrett Wilson's superstar potential
Jun 09, 2023
With the Heat and the Panthers simultaneously vying for championships, Miami is currently the sports capital of America. Can the Dolphins live up to the hype? Bucky Brooks explores. Plus, a potential superstar receiver and an interesting commentary on NFL head coaches.
2023 NFL All-Breakout Team, Defense: Jaycee Horn and Derrick Brown poised to make noise in Carolina
Jun 02, 2023
Which up-and-coming defensive players are poised for stardom in the 2023 NFL season? Bucky Brooks spotlights 11 names to know on his All-Breakout Team. Do the Eagles have ANOTHER young stud? Which NFC South franchise boasts two selections?
2023 NFL All-Breakout Team, Offense: Kenny Pickett and George Pickens give Steelers bright future
May 26, 2023
Which up-and-coming offensive players are poised for stardom in the 2023 NFL season? Bucky Brooks spotlights 11 names to know on his All-Breakout Team -- and one storied franchise boasts a pair of selections.
Confidence rankings on nine quarterbacks in make-or-break year: Jared Goff, Jimmy Garoppolo to shine
May 19, 2023
For nine quarterbacks, the 2023 NFL season figures to be a critical hinge point in their respective careers. Who will ball out? Who will flounder? Bucky Brooks provides confidence rankings on make-or-break signal-callers.
2023 NFL season: Top five position groups in football
May 12, 2023
With the free agency frenzy and 2023 NFL Draft in the rearview, Bucky Brooks evaluated each roster to determine which teams possess the most imposing units to face on game day. Here are the top five position groups in football right now.
2023 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts assembled the freakiest class; five picks that took me by surprise
May 05, 2023
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the freakiest team haul from the 2023 NFL Draft. Plus, what's with the Eagles' obsession with Georgia products? And which five picks took everyone by surprise?
Five potential trade fits for Devin White; why Hendon Hooker is the third-best QB in the 2023 NFL Draft
Apr 14, 2023
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks provides five potential trade fits for Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White. Plus, one of the hottest names in the 2023 NFL Draft class.
2023 NFL Draft: Will Levis, Emmanuel Forbes, Jordan Addison among this class' most polarizing prospects
Apr 07, 2023
The pre-draft process is a beauty pageant, and when it comes to NFL prospects, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks spotlights 10 of the most polarizing players in the 2023 NFL Draft class.
Jalen Hurts' forthcoming megadeal underscores Eagles' brilliance; Julian Love reshapes Seahawks' D
Mar 31, 2023
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks studies one organization's spectacular work at the game's most important position. Plus, an overlooked signing that could completely revitalize a once-proud defense.
Anthony Richardson tops combine standouts to re-examine; thoughts on Panthers acquiring No. 1 pick
Mar 10, 2023
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights five combine standouts who forced him back to the tape. Plus, thoughts on the Panthers acquiring the No. 1 overall pick and a blockbuster acquisition everyone forgot about.
Bucky Brooks 2023 NFL mock draft 2.0: Raiders snag QB Will Levis; Cowboys, Chiefs add receivers
Feb 28, 2023
In his second mock of the 2023 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks has the Raiders taking a quarterback to replace the jettisoned Derek Carr. Plus, the Cowboys and Chiefs each add an explosive wide receiver.
2023 NFL Scouting Combine: Quentin Johnston, Kelee Ringo among 10 prospects I can't wait to see
Feb 24, 2023
More than 300 draft hopefuls are heading to Indianapolis, looking to put on a show at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. Our resident scout, Bucky Brooks, spotlights 10 prospects he can't wait to see.
NFL's eight biggest Super Bowl windows right now? Chiefs, Eagles and Bengals top list; Bills at No. 7
Feb 17, 2023
With the 2022 NFL campaign in the books, it's time to look forward to next season -- and beyond. Who currently has the biggest Super Bowl window? Bucky Brooks provides his ranking of the top eight contenders for the next few Lombardi Trophies.
Super Bowl LVII's top 10 game-planning nightmares: How do you cover Travis Kelce? Stop A.J. Brown?
Feb 03, 2023
Can the Eagles stop Travis Kelce? Block Chris Jones? Will the Chiefs be able to contain A.J. Brown? Bucky Brooks ranks Super Bowl LVII's top 10 game-planning nightmares, providing mitigation ideas for each.
NFL Championship Sunday unit ranking: Top offense? Most imposing defense? Plus, 5 draft steals to watch
Jan 27, 2023
Just four teams remain in the NFL playoffs. How do they stack up against each other on each side of the ball? Bucky Brooks ranks the units, 1-8. Plus, five draft steals to watch on Championship Sunday.
Who needs a Super Bowl LVII win the MOST? My picks for all eight Divisional Round teams
Jan 19, 2023
Eight teams remain alive in the race for the ring. Obviously, each member of every organization would cherish a Super Bowl LVII triumph, but who needs it the MOST? Bucky Brooks has picks for each team.
NFL playoffs: One X-factor for each of the 14 teams
Jan 12, 2023
The star power in the NFL postseason makes the tournament must-see TV, but these games are routinely decided by lesser-known playmakers who rise to the moment. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks spotlights one X-factor for each of the 14 playoff teams.
New year, new team? Derek Carr, Zach Wilson among seven NFL players who could use a fresh start in 2023
Dec 30, 2022
New year ... new team? As we head into 2023, Bucky Brooks spotlights seven players across the NFL who could use a fresh start with a different organization, including a pair of high-profile quarterbacks.
Three potential best fits for Tom Brady in 2023; examining Steve Wilks' success in Carolina
Dec 16, 2022
Bucky Brooks eyes three potential best fits for Tom Brady in 2023, including locations with familiar faces. Plus, what's behind Steve Wilks' success in Carolina and examining a pass-rushing duo on the rise.
Biggest threat to Bengals' AFC title defense: Bills, Chiefs or Dolphins? Why is Derrick Henry slumping?
Dec 09, 2022
Cincinnati's rounding into form once again. So, who is the biggest threat to the Bengals' AFC title defense? Bucky Brooks ranks the top three contenders. Plus, what's wrong with Derrick Henry?
2020 QB class showing all-time potential in Year 3; San Francisco 49ers have frightening upside
Dec 02, 2022
With Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts all thriving in Year 3, Bucky Brooks says the 2020 QB class has all-time potential. How do the four signal-callers stack up against each other? Let's rank 'em! Plus, the scariest team in the NFL right now.
Chris Jones surpassing Aaron Donald as NFL's top DT; the savvy of Mike Vrabel and Howie Roseman
Nov 25, 2022
Has Chris Jones surpassed Aaron Donald as the NFL's best defensive tackle? Bucky Brooks provides his thoughts in this edition of the Scout's Notebook. Plus, the brilliance of Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.
NFL MVP dark horses: History for Justin Jefferson? Plus, Sauce Gardner's skill, Kadarius Toney's rebirth
Nov 18, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights three dark-horse MVP candidates. Plus, an emerging star at the cornerback position and an overlooked deadline deal that could pay major dividends.
Aaron Rodgers, Mac Jones among five quarterbacks with most at stake in second half; Dallas' big decision
Nov 11, 2022
Which NFL quarterbacks have the most at stake in the second half of the 2022 season? What will the Dallas Cowboys do with their backfield in the coming offseason? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Ranking the NFL's top five playmaker groups; plus, a theory on the trading frenzy and an overlooked coach
Nov 04, 2022
Which team boasts the most prolific pack of playmakers? Why did this year's trade deadline spur so much activity? Is there a Coach of the Year candidate hiding in plain sight? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Giants need to re-sign Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley; plus, top 5 game wreckers and Sam Ehlinger's traits
Oct 28, 2022
Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are fueling the 6-1 Giants, but both are currently set to hit free agency. Should New York re-up the 25-year-old duo? Bucky Brooks weighs in. Plus, the top five game wreckers right now and a Sam Ehlinger scouting report.
Top 10 early steals from the 2022 NFL Draft class; Round 1 punchline Cole Strange is a Year 1 stud
Oct 21, 2022
Who are the early steals from the 2022 NFL Draft? Bucky Brooks ranks his top 10, with two teams boasting a pair of these instant-impact overachievers. Plus, Cole Strange's quick emergence from Round 1 punchline to Year 1 stud.
Why successful college coaches like Matt Rhule fail in the NFL; plus, the five most rugged running backs
Oct 14, 2022
Why do successful college coaches like Matt Rhule continue to fail in the NFL? Bucky Brooks provides his answer to this enduring football question. Plus, a hard-hitting ranking of the top five most rugged running backs in the league right now.
Which NFC West team will emerge from four-way tie for first? Plus, Rashan Gary's rise and Dallas' nasty D
Oct 07, 2022
The 2022 NFL season has been defined by parity, and no division exhibits this better than the NFC West. Which team will emerge from the current four-way tie for first place? Bucky Brooks explores. Plus, a rising star in Green Bay and a throwback unit in Dallas.
Trevor Lawrence validating hype in Doug Pederson's system; third year's a charm for Jeff Okudah
Sep 30, 2022
After a difficult rookie season, Trevor Lawrence is realizing his immense potential in Year 2. Bucky Brooks says it's all about "the three Ps." Plus, a former top-three pick suddenly living up to the hype and a 10th-year vet who has completely transformed himself.
Diagnosing Denver's slow start with Russell Wilson; plus, the driving force behind the surprising Giants
Sep 23, 2022
Why are the Russell Wilson/Nathaniel Hackett Broncos struggling? What's the driving force behind the Giants' surprising 2-0 start? Is Matt Ryan cooked in Indianapolis? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Will Justin Jefferson become NFL's first 2,000-yard receiver? Can Trey Lance slay Shanahan's tormentor?
Sep 16, 2022
Is Justin Jefferson poised to become the NFL's first 2,000-yard receiver? Are the Bills just fine without Brian Daboll? Can Trey Lance slay Kyle Shanahan's chief tormentor? Bucky Brooks explores those questions in the Scout's Notebook.
Saints Super sleepers? Are Broncos paper tigers? Plus, five players not to count out in 2022
Sep 09, 2022
As the 2022 NFL season gets underway, Bucky Brooks spotlights the Super Bowl chances of the Saints -- and flaws that could make the Broncos fall short of expectations. Plus, five all-star caliber players who could rebound from down seasons.
Kenny Pickett absolutely deserves to be Pittsburgh's Week 1 starter; a quirky camp changeup in Detroit
Aug 26, 2022
Who will officially succeed Ben Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh's starting quarterback when the Steelers kick off the regular season in Cincinnati? Bucky Brooks says the right answer is clear. Plus, what's the verdict on Detroit's player-run practice: valuable camp experience or waste of time?
Three keys to Eagles meeting lofty expectations; why Ravens' historic preseason win streak matters
Aug 19, 2022
Are the Eagles ready to meet high expectations in the 2022 NFL season? Bucky Brooks identifies three questions that will determine Philly's fate. Plus, a look at why the Ravens' incredible preseason win streak matters and the trend that will be keeping defensive coordinators up at night.
Bears QB Justin Fields poised for breakout Year 2 in new offense; plus, the NFL's five most talented teams
Aug 12, 2022
Justin Fields is surrounded by questions in Year 2. Contrary to popular opinion, though, Bucky Brooks believes the Chicago Bears quarterback is poised for a breakout season. Plus, the NFL's five most talented teams and an emerging camp trend.
Ranking NFL's blockbuster receiver deals: Most bang for the buck? Plus, a different take on Christian Kirk
Aug 05, 2022
Since March, a whopping 11 wideouts have signed contracts averaging at least $20 million per year. Who'll provide the most bang for the buck? Bucky Brooks offers his rankings. Plus, a different take on Christian Kirk.
Five egregious 'Madden' player ratings; plus, analysis on Kyler Murray's deal and a potentially dominant D
Jul 22, 2022
Player ratings are out for "Madden NFL 23," and Bucky Brooks has beef with five marks. Plus, analysis on Kyler Murray's enormous extension and one ferocious defense you shouldn't sleep on.
2022 NFL season: One CHAOS team in each division
Jul 15, 2022
In the dog days of summer, groupthink deems certain teams contenders and others pretenders. This is foolish, of course, given the unpredictability of every NFL season. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks identifies one potential CHAOS team in each division.
2022 NFL season: Ranking top duos at 11 key position groups
Jul 01, 2022
Does any pair of teammates top the Chargers' Keenan Allen and Mike Williams among the NFL's best receiver duos? In the latest edition of his Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks the top duos at 11 key position groups heading into the 2022 season.
Five scariest quarterbacks entering 2022 NFL season; where Gronk ranks among top TEs of all time
Jun 24, 2022
Which quarterbacks keep defensive coordinators up at night? In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks his five scariest players at the position. Plus, why competition is key for the Packers and where Rob Gronkowski ranks among the top tight ends of all time.