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Hank Koebler
Hank Koebler is a convergence journalism major at the University of Missouri and has been writing and blogging about sports for a variety of publications since high school. In addition to founding the Mizzou Sportswriting Promotion Association, Hank has scouted NFL prospects at a university's pro day, interviewed NFL athletes such as Warren Moon and Levon Kirkland and produced his own online video series. His work has been featured on and, and he now writes exclusively for the Huffington Post's sports page.

Entries by Hank Koebler

Hard Not to See Bias in Michael Sam's Draft Fall

(130) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 11:03 PM

If Michael Sam were straight -- or hiding his sexuality -- I find it hard to believe he would've been available for the St. Louis Rams to draft him with the 249th pick in the draft.

In today's NFL full of pass-happy offenses and hybrid defensive fronts, football reasons...

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Ranking the Top Quarterbacks of 2014's NFL Draft Class

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:11 PM

The theme of this year's batch of quarterbacks in the NFL draft should be "pick your poison." All of the quarterback prospects, especially the top ones, come with a varied set of strengths and weaknesses that make it hard to differentiate which prospects are most ready to start in the...

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What the Oakland Raiders Can Expect From Terrelle Pryor

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2013 | 7:37 AM

From Ken Stabler to Jamarcus Russell, Al Davis drafted some of the league's best and worst quarterbacks at different points in the NFL's history. Nearly two years after Davis' death, quarterback Terrelle Pryor will get his chance to validate the late Raiders owner's final draft choice.

Pryor, taken with a...

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Bears' Cutler Entering a Pivotal Season

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is under an even brighter spotlight after general manager Phil Emery's announcement that the team won't extend any contracts until after the season.

Cutler, 30, called his contractual situation "fine with me," telling the Associated Press, "if you win and produce, you're going...

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Aaron Hernandez Arrest: End of an Era in New England

(9) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 9:00 AM

The opening of a first-degree murder case against recently released tight end Aaron Hernandez is likely also the closing of the New England Patriots' window to win another Super Bowl with quarterback Tom Brady under center.

The Patriots' release of Hernandez on Wednesday ended questions about the troubled 23-year-old's...

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Goodell's Defense of 'Redskins' Name Is Unacceptable

(38) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:23 PM

With his letter defending the Washington Redskins' name, Roger Goodell has taken the wrong side in a debate that shouldn't be a debate at all. The continued usage of a racial epithet as an NFL team's name shouldn't be remotely acceptable to the commissioner or to anyone else with common...

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Blackmon Suspension Complicates Jaguars' Quarterback Decision

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 2:01 PM

Receiver Justin Blackmon's four-game suspension for substance abuse makes the Jacksonville Jaguars' already-ugly quarterback situation even more muddled.

The Jaguars made clear with their draft selections this year they're investing in shifting their offensive identity to that of a pass-first unit. Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, taken with the...

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2013 NFL Mock Draft with Videos of Each Prospect

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Note: As opposed to predicting who each team will take, which is an exercise in futility with all the smokescreens out there, this is instead a mock draft of who I would pick if I were the general manager of each team.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, OT,...

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2013 NFL Draft: Dissecting the Draft's Top Quarterbacks

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:40 PM

This year's quarterback class has been widely disparaged, and somewhat rightfully so. In light of many recent first-year starters' immediate success, especially last year, this quarterback class looks extremely barren in terms of pro-ready players who can start in Week One this fall. When it comes to talent, though, this...

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Making Art for Kaepernick Brings Unexpected Benefits

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Colin Kaepernick dazzled spectators and opponents throughout the 49ers' run to Super Bowl XLVII. In the world of art, Kaepernick's success in football has helped spotlight two up-and-coming artists who similarly dazzle viewers of their work.

Nevada tattoo artist Nes Andrion and Bay Area artist Ras Terms say the...

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AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 10:10 AM

New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
4:30 p.m. (EST)
Texans' offense vs. Patriots' defense

Texans receiver Andre Johnson, running back Arian Foster and quarterback Matt Schaub are possibly the league's most dangerous offensive trio, but the key to stopping the Texans' Big Three will...

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NFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 9:49 AM

Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

1:00 p.m. (EST)


Seahawks' offense vs. Falcons' defense
The Falcons' defensive priority is going to have to be shutting down the Seahawks' read-option plays. The Seahawks' offense is normally a fairly good unit with some very...
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AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens

(11) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
4:30 p.m. (EST)
Ravens' offense vs. Broncos' defense
For the Ravens to even stand a chance in this game, quarterback Joe Flacco's going to have to seriously improve upon his performance from the last time these two teams met. The...
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NFC Wild Card Preview: Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013
4:30 p.m. (EST)
Redskins' offense vs. Seahawks' defense

The Redskins' offense has been a powerhouse at times this season, but the unit opens the playoffs against the defense perhaps best suited to stop it.

From a schematic standpoint, the...

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AFC Wild Card Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

1:00 p.m. (EST)


Colts' offense vs. Ravens' defense

Linebacker Ray Lewis' swan song postseason starts off with a battle of the wits against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Both players have a tremendous ability to read the opponent's...

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NFC Wild Card Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

(5) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013
8:00 p.m. (EST)
Packers' offense vs. Vikings' defense

The Vikings' defensive line has been a disruptive force this season, tied for fifth-most sacks in the league with 44, including 13 in the final three weeks of the season. Five...

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49ers-Patriots: Contrasting Styles in the Art of Playing Quarterback

(6) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 6:13 PM

Along with an excellent finish, Sunday night's Patriots-49ers matchup provided an excellent showcase of both the advantages and drawbacks of building an offense centered around a quarterback tasked with being a "game manager." The game manager vs. playmaker debate was the epicenter of the debate surrounding the 49ers' recent quarterback...

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David Stern Won When Lakers Lost

(28) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Plenty of blame can be distributed for the Lakers' sluggish playoff collapse against the Thunder, but the majority of it should go to NBA commissioner David Stern.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell receives loads of criticism, most of it justifiable, from players, fans and media for his authoritarian leadership style, but...

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Ward Was Good, but Not a Hall of Famer

(21) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:56 PM

Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward announced the ending of a great career today, but not a Hall of Fame career.

Fans of Ward will surely cite his 1,000 career receptions, over 12,000 receiving yards, 85 receiving touchdowns, two Super Bowl titles, and a Super Bowl MVP as reasons why...

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Titans Have No Need for Manning

(29) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 4:26 PM

Perhaps no cliché has proven itself to be as true in sports as the old adage, "The grass is always greener on the other side." Teams in pursuit of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning are likely to learn that lesson the hard way.

The sporting world watches every year...

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