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Greg Cote: Worth the wait: Dolphins win big as defensive ace Vic Fangio ends doubt, commits to Miami

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In sports as in life, sometimes you have to wait. There is a reason the phrase credited to medieval English writer William Langland in his circa 1370s poem “Piers Plowman” is still said all these centuries later: Patience is a virtue.

That it might be rewarded is its value. Especially when the reward is great enough.

So the Miami Dolphins ...Read more

DeMeco Ryans cites 49ers' Fred Warner as his model pupil

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DeMeco Ryans’ introduction as the Houston Texans coach brought him back to his early days as a 49ers assistant, and, specifically, to his mentorship of linebacker Fred Warner.

That coach-player relationship molded both into the elite of their profession. After all, Ryans went from a 10-year NFL linebacker to an entry-level coach, to becoming ...Read more

Aaron Rodgers to Pebble Beach crowd: 'I'm not going to San Fran'

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The 49ers can cross Aaron Rodgers off their offseason wish list — if they ever considered adding him in the first place.

The former Cal quarterback cracked a smile Thursday during a hole-in-one challenge at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am when he was asked if he wanted to break any news to a nationwide TV audience.

“I’m not going to San Fran,”...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Argument for Vikings letting Dalvin Cook go is stronger than for keeping him

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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 14. Maybe he has...Read more

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Eagles' Jalen Hurts looks ahead to a Super Bowl LVII matchup with the Chiefs

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Jalen Hurts pondered for several seconds on Thursday when asked to recall his most memorable play from this season.

Deep down, the Eagles quarterback already knew his answer.

“The season’s not over yet,” Hurts said. He simultaneously flashed a sly smile, briefly breaking from his stoic persona.

The 24-year-old has served as a catalyst ...Read more

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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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Did Chiefs' Mahomes try to sell late-hit penalty vs. Bengals?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he wasn’t trying to goad a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty from officials with a sideline spill late in Kansas City’s 23-20 win during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

Instead, Mahomes said there was good reason he failed to slow his momentum after Cincinnati ...Read more

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Vic Fangio to officially accept Dolphins defensive coordinator job after Super Bowl, according to report

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Is it time to stop worrying about whether the Miami Dolphins will get Vic Fangio to sign as their defensive coordinator?

It looks like it.

Fangio, who has spent this NFL season as a defensive consultant with the Philadelphia Eagles, will officially accept the role with the Dolphins after the Super Bowl, according to an ESPN report Thursday. ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Dolphins second- and third-round draft picks get passing grade, but team needs more wow factor

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MOBILE, Ala. — When you peruse a list of the Dolphins’ second- and third-round picks during the past 10 years, it becomes a bit more clear why the franchise has hovered around the .500 mark for most of that time.

Overall, it’s been an average to slightly above average crew, just as the Dolphins have been during that stretch. There hasn’...Read more

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Sam McDowell: How the Chiefs turned their rookies from liabilities into assets for Super Bowl run

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The conversation with Chiefs rookie safety Bryan Cook occurs in front of his locker half an hour after he celebrated a trip to Super Bowl LVII.

He nods along to the initial three questions in an interview, replying with extensive explanations to each. But when the fourth arrives, he feels the need to interrupt.

The rookies... the question ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Bobby Beathard, Tom Brady stirred San Diegans' emotions, changed Chargers' fortunes

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SAN DIEGO — If you're among the hundreds of thousands of San Diegans who rode the Super Bowl wave with the 1994 Chargers, raise a protein shake in honor of Bobby Beathard, the body-surfing football savant and fitness buff who drafted Junior Seau, hired Bobby Ross and weathered working for Alex Spanos.

Beathard, who died Monday at age 86 from ...Read more

Brock Purdy's UCL injury: Why repair, quicker rehab is more likely than Tommy John for 49ers QB

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Hopes for a 49ers Super Bowl trip were all but dashed when Brock Purdy injured his throwing elbow early on in the conference title game against Philadelphia. Though Purdy will need surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament, the 49ers are optimistic that the rookie will be able to return to action come training camp at the end of July.

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Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys committed to QB Dak Prescott and plan to extend his contract

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MOBILE, Ala. — After watching seventh-round pick quarterback Brock Purdy lead the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Title game, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vows to always take a quarterback in the NFL Draft.

He said it’s something coach Mike McCarthy has always wanted to do and it was a doctrine of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells when ...Read more

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Eagles' Brandon Graham proudly returns to the Super Bowl, an event that 'changed my life' in 2018

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PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Graham posed at his locker with a green and white Kangol cap clashing with a Starter jacket featuring bright shades of pink and blue woven underneath a Super Bowl emblem.

The impromptu color combination may have been a bit ambitious, but the longest-tenured Eagles player is trying to enjoy the moments as they come ...Read more

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Will the Patriots sign Tom Brady to 1-day contract? Robert Kraft answers.

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BOSTON — Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a video statement Wednesday congratulating Tom Brady on his retirement.

On Thursday, Kraft called for Brady to come home.

In an interview with CNN This Morning, Kraft said he wants Brady to retire a Patriot by signing a 1-day contract with the team.

“I’d do it tomorrow,” Kraft said. “Not ...Read more

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Rasheed Wallace, proud son of Philadelphia, is a Chiefs fan?

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PHILADELPHIA — A week after the 2020 Super Bowl, won by the Kansas City Chiefs, some visitors showed up from Philadelphia to see Rasheed Wallace, coaching high school basketball in North Carolina at the time.

His attire, for two straight days? This proud son of Philadelphia was still celebrating, wearing full-on Chiefs gear: hat, shirt, ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: The Eagles now say they knew all along they'd get to Super Bowl LVII. Whatever.

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PHILADELPHIA — This week the Birds are barking about how they knew from the start they had the goods to make it to Super Bowl LVII.

Funny. A month into the season, it was just Miles Sanders and me.

We’re the only ones I could find who believed the Eagles were the NFC’s best team, and, by association, the Super Bowl favorite. The Birds ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Jalen Hurts' success in Philadelphia both inspiring, and infuriating, for Dallas Cowboys

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Watching the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate their second Super Bowl appearance in the last six years is enough for any Dallas Cowboys fan to launch all of their electronics through their HD flat screen.

Even more fun, since the 2004 season, the Eagles have made three Super Bowls to the zero for the Dallas Cowboys.

There is good news; the ...Read more

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Ron Cook: When is the 'Steelers Way' the wrong way?

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PITTSBURGH — Is there anything more tiresome than the "Steelers Way?"

I have come to laugh at the term because it is representative of a stale franchise that insists on living in its glorious past.

How many times have you heard that the Steelers believe in continuity with their coaches? That they have had only three since 1969? Chuck Noll ...Read more

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Pat Leonard: Tom Brady's imperfect ending doesn't diminish his NFL greatness

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MOBILE, Ala. — Tom Brady’s voice shook Wednesday morning when he said “I wouldn’t change a thing” as he announced his retirement “for good.”

It was difficult in that moment not to wonder about Brady the human being, about the personal cost of his determination to play until age 45, about whether he actually would change something ...Read more