Danny Heifetz, The Ringer

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Culver City, CA, United States

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Past articles by Danny:

The 2022 NFL QB Commitment Index, Post-Draft Edition

With the draft, most of free agency, and much trade activity in the books, it’s time to look at which teams are locked in with their QBs for the long haul, and which are looking to have a hot girl season → Read More

Why Is Tom Brady Really Coming Back? And How Will His Return Affect the Offseason?

On Sunday night, Brady announced he’s unretiring and returning to football for his 23rd season. What does this mean for him, the Buccaneers, and the rest of the NFL? → Read More

Why Has Joe Burrow Become a Favorite Comp for So Many QB Prospects?

Analysts and members of one of the worst QB classes in recent memory spent much of the combine talking up intangibles—and referencing Burrow’s recent Super Bowl run to show just how impactful those can be → Read More

If Aaron Donald Does Decide to Retire, He’s Going Out on Top

Donald’s close-out on Joe Burrow at the end of the Super Bowl effectively won L.A. a championship. But afterward, he had some big questions to answer about reports that he could walk away from football. → Read More

Stand and Deliver: How Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford Survive—and Thrive—Under Pressure

These QBs have been among the best in the league in plenty of categories this season, but especially how they perform under duress—something that will undoubtedly come in handy in this Super Bowl → Read More

More Packers Playoff Sadness Puts Aaron Rodgers’s Uncertain Future Into Focus

Green Bay and its MVP quarterback have uncomfortable questions to answer after another disappointing postseason exit. → Read More

Josh Allen and the Bills Are Going To Be a Problem

The Bills massacred the Patriots with a masterful performance that upended our understanding of this postseason → Read More

Jason Garrett Is an Easy Scapegoat, but the Giants Have Bigger Issues

New York is sinking to another lost season. There are difficult decisions to make and little confidence the team will get them right. → Read More

How Jim Mora’s Iconic “Playoffs” Rant Lives on, 20 Years Later

In November 2001, the Colts coach turned a run-of-the-mill postgame press conference into a clip that would live on for at least the next two decades. But what exactly was Mora upset about? And why is his quote so lasting? → Read More

When Is a Rookie Quarterback Really Ready in the NFL?

Some believe the only way to test a rookie passer’s mettle is to start them right away; others think it’s better to learn on the bench and get in the action later. What’s the right answer? And how do teams get to their own determinations? → Read More

Aaron Rodgers Is Reportedly Returning to the Packers—Perhaps for One Last Dance

The Packers have reached an agreement with Rodgers that will bring the QB back for at least the 2021 season, according to reports. It includes greater say on personnel moves, a removal of the final year of his contract, and … the freedom to leave as early as 2022. → Read More

Five Takeaways From the Julio Jones Trade

On Sunday, the Falcons agreed to trade their star wideout to the Titans. This immediately creates a superteam in Tennessee, and leaves Atlanta in a lurch. But there’s even more to mine from this deal than initially meets the eye. → Read More

The Winners and Losers of NFL Free Agency

While contending teams like the Buccaneers focused on retaining their cores in free agency, other franchises (like the Patriots!) shelled out a good bit of cash last week. Which GMs will come out of this looking smart—and which will regret their decisions immediately? → Read More

The NFL’s Hottest New Free Agency Trend Is “Voidable Years”

If you’ve been following free agency lately, you may have noticed the phrase "voidable years" pop up in deals for Tom Brady, Taysom Hill, and other players. So what are these things, and why are teams using them? → Read More

How Can the Steelers Fix Their Ben Roethlisberger Problem?

Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney said Wednesday that he hopes to have Roethlisberger back in the fold for 2021. But it’s clear the team can’t move forward with the QB’s massive current deal. How can the Steelers massage the books? And if they can’t, what are their other options? → Read More

The Eagles Bet Big on Carson Wentz and Lost. But They’re Not Out of Options.

Philly traded Wentz to the Colts on Thursday and simultaneously incurred the largest dead cap penalty in NFL history. But in owning their mistake, the Eagles gained new avenues for the future. → Read More

The Keys to Super Bowl LV

Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes is a football matchup come true, and on Sunday, they’re squaring off with a championship on the line. Here’s what both of their teams need to do to win. → Read More

What’s It Like to Record Your First—or Only—Career Sack Against Tom Brady?

Throughout his career, Brady has been sacked by future Hall of Famers, by players from famed defenses, and by household names. But he’s also given some little-known guys their first—or only—career sacks. So what’s it like to bring down the GOAT? → Read More

Your NFL Week 16 Matchup Guide: Will the Rams or Seahawks Gain a Divisional Edge?

L.A. is coming off a bad loss to the Jets, and Seattle’s offense is trending in the wrong direction. Which team will find its stride this week? Plus: how the rest of this week’s games could shape the playoff race. → Read More

The Steelers’ Problems Aren’t New. They’ve Simply Gotten Worse.

How did Pittsburgh’s perfect season go off the rails? And do Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger, and Co. have time to turn things around? → Read More