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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

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Bob Raissman: Tom Brady retires from football again with historic TV deal in back pocket

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NEW YORK — If at some point during his Wednesday retirement announcement, it would not have been surprising if Tom Brady said: “And now it’s on to my next adventure as an analyst for Fox Sports!”

Yet Brady never mentioned what apparently is his TV future. It’s no secret that in May 2022 Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch announced the network ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Patrick Mahomes lost his top wideout. Here's how he got even better this year anyway.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Patrick Mahomes settled in the pocket of a shotgun formation, he looked to his right, eyes briefly locking on wide receivers Marcus Kemp and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He followed with an even quicker look to his left, spotting tight ends Noah Gray and Jody Fortson stationary on the end of the line of scrimmage.

Eighteen ...Read more

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Through grief, Eagles' Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean support each other after the loss of their Georgia friends

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PHILADELPHIA — A few days after the Eagles clinched the NFC’s No. 1 seed in the regular-season finale, rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis was interrupted from his sleep during the early morning hours. He received a bevy of notifications, including text messages from former Georgia teammate and fellow Eagles rookie Nakobe Dean.

“Did you ...Read more

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Cowboys hire Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator

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The Dallas Cowboys have hired a veteran offensive coordinator.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy announced Saturday that he’s added Brian Schottenheimer to his staff, replacing Kellen Moore who was one of eight coaches not retained after the recent 13-6 season.

“I am very happy to have Brian take on this key role with our team. He has been ...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: Bring back the third QB rule, even though it never really disappeared

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PITTSBURGH — The NFL has shown a penchant for reacting swiftly to incidents that have affected the outcome — even the competitive balance — of playoff games.

They have used the moments, fueled by the outcry from coaches, owners, media and even the public, to enact rule changes to hopefully prevent a recurrence, sometimes to their own ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Rock, Paper, Lessons: The Eagles' Super Bowl run should teach fans, media, and the NFL some things

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PHILADELPHIA — In 1917 — roughly 104 years before Nick Sirianni entered the NovaCare Complex, hopped on a Zoom call with a couple of dozen reporters, and flunked Public Speaking 101 — a scholar named Walter Brandenburg published a book called The Philosophy of Christian Being. Despite its thrilling title and themes, Brandenburg’s tome ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: Why Tom Brady, Fox broadcaster, won't be the GOAT

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ATLANTA — Tom Brady is the greatest football player of all time. Tom Brady will not — this is another in the series of bold/bonehead MB predictions — be the greatest football announcer of all time.

Fox will pay Brady, who announced his latest retirement Wednesday, $375 million over 10 years to become its lead analyst, plus its “...Read more

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Antwan Staley: How Tom Brady's retirement affects the Jets and other QB-needy teams in NFL

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NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s goodbye on Wednesday may cause a domino effect around the NFL.

After 23 seasons, Brady announced his retirement on social media as he said he was done “for good” a year after ending his career and returning 40 days later.

Brady’s decision doesn’t directly affect the Jets, as he was rumored to possibly sign ...Read more

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Eagles' Fletcher Cox is savoring his second Super Bowl appearance

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PHILADELPHIA — Seated from an elevated podium inside the auditorium at the NovaCare Complex, Eagles veteran defensive tackle Fletcher Cox reminisced on his journey to Super Bowl LVII.

For Cox and a handful of Eagles — Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Isaac Seumalo, Brandon Graham, Rick Lovato, and Jake Elliott — it’s their second trip to the ...Read more

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Sean Payton officially hired as Broncos head coach after signing five-year contract

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DENVER — The Denver Broncos officially have their new head coach.

Former New Orleans coach Sean Payton signed his contract with the franchise Friday, three days after the franchise finalized a trade with the Saints for the rights to his services, the Broncos announced. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but a source told The ...Read more

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Derek Carr firm on deadline for contract to become guaranteed

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LAS VEGAS — Derek Carr reiterated Thursday he won’t extend the Feb. 15 date for his contract to become fully guaranteed, which essentially means the Raiders will need to release him or have a trade worked out in principle by that date.

“I don’t think that that would be best for me,” he said after competing in the Pro Bowl Games skills...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Four reasons to keep Dalvin Cook -- and four reasons to let go of No. 4

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MINNEAPOLIS — There are four good reasons for the Vikings to keep No. 4.

There are four good reasons to let Dalvin Cook go.

Fans may value the former.

The new brain trust is likely to value the latter.

Reasons the Vikings should keep their star running back:

1. He played in all 17 games last season after never before playing in more than ...Read more

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Menacing charge against Bengals RB Joe Mixon dropped

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An aggravated menacing charge against Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was dismissed Friday morning.

Mixon, 26, had been accused of threatening a woman at gunpoint on Jan. 21 in downtown Cincinnati. The charge was filed Thursday.

At a Friday morning hearing, Cincinnati prosecutors asked for the dismissal, the Cincinnati Enquirer ...Read more

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No matter the outcome of Super Bowl, the Kelce family is in for an 'emotional game'

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MEDIA, Pa. — In a region where everyone is decked out in Philadelphia Eagles gear, especially with the team headed to the Super Bowl for the second time in six seasons, Ed Kelce is easy to spot.

He is a tall, sturdy man with broad shoulders and meaty hands, and even at 71 has a thick head of hair that's parted down the middle and more salt ...Read more

Giants' search for stud pass catcher to elevate offense kicks off in Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. — Princeton wide receiver Andrei Iosivas stood out this week against Power-5 school competition at the Senior Bowl, stopping on dimes, twisting in the air and catching almost everything.

“I think it went well,” the 6-2, 212-pound Iosivas, who doubles as a decathlete and Ivy League track star, said Tuesday. “I was focused, I...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Falcons can rise from worst to first in crumbling NFC South

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ATLANTA — The only major move the Falcons have made since the end of their season is hiring Ryan Nielsen to run their defense. Yet it’s already been a good offseason for them. The wreckage is piling up for the other teams in the NFC South while the Falcons rubberneck from a safe distance.

Worst to first is in play for the Falcons in 2023. I...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Has any quarterback tortured a team like Tom Brady did the Steelers?

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PITTSBURGH — First of all, good on Tom Brady for calling it quits when he did. And yes, I believe him this time.

Here's why: Brady's ego won't allow him to risk a Joe Namath-on-the-Rams debacle to end his career. I mean that as a compliment. Brady won't allow himself to finish like Namath or Willie Mays, and if you watched the Tampa Bay-...Read more

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Giants DC Wink Martindale among front-runners for Colts HC job: source

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Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is considered one of the frontrunners for the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job as Round 2 of Indy’s interviews nears a close, a source told the Daily News on Thursday.

The Colts are considering a rare Round 3 of interviews with a select few finalists, per NFL Network. This follows an ...Read more