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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

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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