If you ask Andy Reid’s former assistants about why the Chiefs head coach is so good, they’ll say many of the same things: He’s a people person, he’s straightforward, he tells it like it is, he’s willing to explain things, he trusts his staff. Given that 10 of his former assistants have earned head coaching jobs (seven of the 10 are currently head coaches), what’s he doing right?
The Saints and Patriots stake their conference claims with statement wins. Plus, the creativity in the Panthers’ attack, Pittsburgh’s James Conner/Le’Veon Bell quandary, inside the Browns mess, the Vikings’ resurrected defense, what stood out in Patriots-Packers, and all the rest of Week 9 in the NFL
The real Gruden Grinders? They’re in Washington, where Jay Gruden has built strength in the trenches—and quietly (no drama! no dysfunction!) taken the lead in the NFC East. Plus, the focused, Adam Vinatieri’s long (looong) road to the scoring record, Philly’s ‘must-win’ win, trade news and much more.
Deshaun Watson rode the bus to Jacksonville, but everyone’s on board for the surging Texans. Plus, what was behind Cam Newton’s comeback effort in Philly, how the Chiefs are working to avoid a letdown, why the Chargers are flying high and more off a wild NFL Sunday.
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 look at how Prescott’s ability to scramble has added a much-needed dimension to the undermanned Dallas passing game. Plus, more analysis from all the Week 6 Sunday games, including the Sunday night classic
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.