A head coach who wants to run it despite a shaky O-line. A new coordinator with a playbook full of innovative passing designs, a newly minted franchise QB and two star receivers. A bad ending had become inevitable for the Vikings.
With John DeFilippo fired, the NFL should think outside of the box for its next wave of coaching candidates. Why not reach out to guys like Washington State’s Mike Leach, or Calgary Stampeders’ Dave Dickenson?
The Dolphins pull off a ridiculous last-second win (with some help from Gronk and company), the Bears show 2018 what a defense looks like, Patrick Mahomes summons up more highlight-reel magic, the Cowboys take charge and the rest of the news from a truly wild NFL Sunday.
The Packers part ways with their longtime coach after a dismal Lambeau loss to the Cardinals—so where does that leave Aaron Rodgers and the franchise? Plus, Joey Bosa’s resurgence helps fuel a big-time Chargers win over the Steelers, the streaking Texans’ chemistry is just right, more on Kareem Hunt, and rest of the NFL news from Sunday and beyond.
The brash Browns rookie made a statement—about himself, his team, and Hue Jackson—in a resounding win in Cincinnati. Plus, Philip Rivers’ big bounce-back, the Broncos’ trick to upset Pittsburgh (and get back in the playoff hunt), the Vikes’ adjustment that shut down Aaron Rodgers, and much more as the season hits the homestretch.
Benjamin Watson says his 2018 Saints have the same relentlesss mind-set—and same explosive talent—as the record-setting ’07 New England team he played on. Plus, Leighton Vander Esch and the surging Dallas D, Lamar Jackson’s big debut, the Steelers’ myth-making and much more from a rollicking NFL weekend.
He’s has less than a full season of games as a starter under his belt, but Mahomes continues to do things no one has ever seen before. Is it time to make “most talented QB to ever play” a two-man debate?
O.K., O.K., we won’t get carried away, but Indy is starting to see its investment in the offensive line pay off while the defense is overachieving thanks to some raw but intriguing young talent. With Andrew Luck regaining his old form, the Colts’ future is bright
A headbanging linebacker who played on the edge for 15 pro seasons and says he had more than 2,000 concussions, Gary Plummer felt his mind slipping away once he left the game. Fearful and desperate, he turned to alternative therapies—yoga, music, diet, even gardening—to counter the cognitive decline. The question for struggling former players: Is it possible to reverse dementia? Is there hope?
According to some former and current Seattle players, it was a growing locker-room rift—based largely on the special treatment some felt was afforded QB Russell Wilson—that brought down the Seahawks and precipitated this offseason’s dismantling of the team. Did it have to go down like this?
Last Sunday, for the first time ever, all five major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS) played games in the same city on the same day. We followed two brave fans, Sam Lipton and Daniel Alfredson, as they tried to hit them all.
The NFL and college football are different brands of the game, but recently pro coaches are opening up to utilizing more college concepts—just look at the number of people who want to talk to Lincoln Riley. What other college trends should the NFL watch for this season?
Historically the NFL has gravitated toward a certain type of quarterback, propping up a handful of college passers before the start of the season. But this year is different—there's not a group of clear first-round draft prospects at the position, which may cause NFL teams to shift how they evaluate the position.