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Vahe Gregorian: As Chiefs arrive for Super Bowl, it's about right here, right now to make history

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PHOENIX — For the first 35 years of its existence, you may recall, the Lamar Hunt Trophy annually bestowed upon the AFC champion had never so much as been displayed in Kansas City. Chances are some Chiefs fans didn’t even know what it was.

That distinction would be depressing enough for any AFC competitor.

But it stood as particularly ...Read more

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Why is it taking so long for Bucs to hire an offensive coordinator?

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TAMPA, Fla. — It’s been 18 days since the Bucs fired offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and five other assistant coaches. Three additional members of the staff retired.

Head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Jason Licht have interviewed seven candidates for Leftwich’s old job. In fact, Bengals quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher will ...Read more

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Vikings hire Flores to be new defensive coordinator

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Brian Flores is the Vikings' new defensive coordinator.

The team finalized a deal with the former Dolphins head coach on Monday. Flores, who worked as the Steelers' assistant head coach and linebackers coach in 2022, had emerged as one of the Vikings' top two choices with former Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero.

The Broncos permitted ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Ndamukong Suh was the NFL's bad guy. A Super Bowl win might change that image forever.

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PHOENIX — Ndamukong Suh sings softly of the multitudes he contains. “I have a lot of different dimensions,” he said one day in the Eagles’ locker room, on a rare occasion when he was in the Eagles’ locker room at the same time that media members were.

A University of Nebraska alumnus, he calls Warren Buffett a friend. A Portland ...Read more

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An 'island of misfit toys': Reich and original Panthers had unforgettable year in 1995

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About 28 years before he became the Carolina Panthers’ head coach, Frank Reich was part of a rambunctious Panthers team that was doing everything for the first time.

That 1995 Panthers team — the first in Carolina history — was loaded with characters, commoners and cast-offs. Everyone was from somewhere else. Most had been told “No” ...Read more

Falcons' new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen says 'we're going to attack'

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Some mystery surrounds new Falcons defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen. After all, he worked behind the scenes in New Orleans since 2017. As a co-defensive coordinator last year, he never called plays. All that was truly known to outsiders was that he trained one of the NFL’s most ferocious defensive lines.

One more thing that’s not a ...Read more

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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni's approach paid off in a Super Bowl run: 'I'm not going to be someone I'm not'

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Nick Sirianni stood on pressbox furniture at Arrowhead Stadium and celebrated like no one was watching.

The Eagles coach was a quality control assistant for the San Diego Chargers at the time, and the sting of Andy Reid letting him go the year before was still fresh enough for the 2013 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs to mean something ...Read more

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Did Tom Brady crack the door to playing again? 'The future is always hard to predict.'

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady said he decided only last week to retire from the NFL after 23 seasons. But when asked Monday if there is a 1% chance he could resume his playing career, he deftly sidestepped the question.

In fact, Brady said he won’t begin his job as the lead analyst on the NFL on Fox until the fall of 2024, which, presumably, ...Read more

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Russell Wilson, karaoke bars and orange ties: Takeaways from Sean Payton's introduction as Broncos head coach

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Over the course of his introductory news conference as the Broncos new head coach, Sean Payton told stories about his days in New Orleans, about a car trip through Denver gone awry decades ago and about what it takes, in his mind, to build a championship team.

Flanked by general manager George Paton and CEO Greg Penner, he expressed confidence ...Read more

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Chiefs activate running back ahead of Super Bowl after putting Mecole Hardman on IR

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The Kansas City Chiefs will not have receiver Mecole Hardman available for Super Bowl LVII, as the team put him on injured reserve Monday, thus ending his season.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, meanwhile, was activated from injured reserve as part of the transaction.

Hardman missed the second half of the season after suffering a pelvic ...Read more

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What to expect from the early stages of Broncos' new Sean Payton-Russell Wilson partnership: “Robots can't play quarterback”

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Sean Payton’s got a long to-do list as he gets settled into his new Denver digs.

He’ll have to get his UC Health Center key card and the human resources paperwork figured out and probably check the team store for a Broncos visor, too.

Once all of that important stuff is out of the way, he can turn his attention to minor details like ...Read more

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How Panthers can begin competing for championships under new coach Frank Reich

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During his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Panthers head coach Frank Reich mentioned something all Carolina fans hope is true.

“Every year, we see it. We see teams go from big-time losing to big-time winning, even competing for championships all in the space of one year. It’s possible. But how does that happen?” Reich said. “...Read more

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Panthers hire Ejiro Evero as new defensive coordinator

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Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich has found his new defensive coordinator.

On Sunday, the Panthers agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero to fill the same role in Carolina. Evero arrives in Carolina after interviewing with the Panthers, Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans for their head ...Read more

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Former NFL player Vontae Davis arrested on DUI charge, found lying on road asleep after crash

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Vontae Davis, a former NFL player famous for quitting during halftime at a Buffalo Bills game, was arrested on a DUI charge Saturday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Davis, 34, remained in the Broward Main Jail on Sunday.

Davis, who owns a home in Southwest Ranches, played for the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and ...Read more

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Ron Cook: Can Patrick Mahomes ultimately supplant Tom Brady as the best to ever play?

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Is it outrageous to suggest Patrick Mahomes will be remembered as a better quarterback than Tom Brady?

I know, I must be out of my mind.

I am very much aware that Mahomes will never match Brady's record as a winner. The numbers that Brady will take into his golden years blow me and everyone else away:

— Brady finished with a 251-82 regular ...Read more

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Super Bowl LVII: Start time, teams, betting odds and halftime show

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The conference championship games are over and the countdown to Super Bowl LVII begins.

Super Bowl LVII will be played at 3:30 p.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 12. It will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Here's everything you need to know about the game.

Who will be playing in the Super Bowl?

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Watching sons play in NFL can be euphoric, 'emotional teeter-totter' for parents

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Jason and Travis Kelce will make NFL history on Feb. 12 when they become the first brothers to play against each other in the Super Bowl.

That will be both terrific and tormenting for their families, who will try to walk that narrow line and not cheer for one player over the other.

Although this situation is unprecedented, some of the most ...Read more

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Trey Burton threw the Philly Special and then overcame the anxiety that followed

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PHILADELPHIA — Trey Burton threw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl nine months earlier, seemingly making him the best option on the Chicago Bears to run a similar trick play midway through the 2018 season. The coaching staff introduced the formation — which closely resembled the “Philly Special” — and assigned Burton to handle the ...Read more

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Mark Kiszla: Why Sean Payton can lead Broncos to 11-6 record in his first season as coach

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DENVER — On his best remaining days as a pro quarterback, Russell Wilson will never be as good as Patrick Mahomes, the best on the planet at his craft.

But after losing 15 consecutive games to Kansas City, the Broncos now have a fighting chance against the Chiefs because coach Sean Payton can out-scheme and outsmart Andy Reid on any given NFL...Read more

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Dallas Goedert: Super Bowl X-factor & Bachelor, like Travis Kelce? TV host, like Gronk? The tight end can shine.

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PHILADELPHIA — If Lane Johnson is the Eagles’ best offensive player, and if Jalen Hurts is their most important, and if A.J. Brown is their most exciting, what does that make Dallas Goedert?

The X-factor.

The Eagles have not lost a game this season that Hurts and Goedert have both started and finished. Say what you like about Johnson, the ...Read more