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PITTSFORD, N.Y. — New policy for your mailbag questions this year: No lead to the top the column, just the best of your questions every week. Here we go with Week 1:

Puh-leeeeeeze let us print the pages!
“Big fan and regular reader, but PLEASE bring back the View All and Print options; was hoping that we would see them this week, but hopefully next week.

Andrea Kremer and Packers scribe Bob McGinn have been among the many—hundreds—to make this request. The answers: The Print option was officially added today; see the icon on the left side of the page. The View All option is trickier, because on this site the very long stories such as my Monday column break at a certain point. I am told by tech guru Jason Purdy that View All will be ready to use by sometime next week. Thanks for your patience on it. I’m sorry it has taken a while, and some frustrating times for you all, for us to produce it.

What about an RSS feed?
“I’m enjoying the site thus far but have one item that I’d like to see addressed. An RSS option would be fantastic. It’s how I read Peter King’s content previously and would love this option for the new site. It wouldn’t need to be author specific, just a dump every time the site posts a new story.”

Lots of you have asked about an RSS feed. Here it is. If you subscribe to an RSS reader (such as Feedly.com) and add http://mmqb.si.com to your list of feeds, it should automatically bring up the latest 10 stories.

Slow down, King.
“I haven’t been able to keep up with all the content. That’s not a complaint. It’s like a kid saying I haven’t been able to eat all the ice cream in my house.

I’d offer to take a week off, Scott, but we’re having too much fun with the site. Seriously, I understand what you’re saying … and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve slowed down the content from the original plan of four new stories plus an interview and a 10 Things I Think I Think each day, including weekends. We’re still deciding how often to put up stories. We don’t want great things like Jenny Vrentas’s piece on the Eagles’ sports science coordinator to get lost.

Help us with a chronological archive.
“I only have one suggestion. I read your site, but not every day. Would there be a way to classify the articles by day they were posted? That way if I read Monday, but not Tuesday or Wednesday, and I check back on Thursday, I know exactly what articles I need to catch up on.”

Scott, click on the “Archive” tab in the black navigation bar at the top of the page and it will take you the Archive page. You should see exactly what it is that you want, classified by day. Please let me know if that isn’t what you’d like to see.

Organize the content by teams.
“Great site. I love the football info and the team you have put together. My suggestion is to add another tab at the top next to ‘Our Team’ and call it ‘Your Team’ with a dropdown of all the NFL teams so we can quickly read articles that focus on our teams or players on our teams. I know this is lazy, but rather than scanning the articles to find the one on Colin Kaepernick, I can just click on 49ers to find that article.”

I like this idea quite a bit. I will bring it up to the group, and thanks for the thought. Meanwhile, if you search by team name (best to do full name—Miami Dolphins, for example) it will bring up stories tagged with that team.

The NFL would have been thrilled with that concept.
“Don’t you think a third-party drug testing organization like USADA or WADA would be the best way of representing a fair and unbiased drug testing system for the NFL?”

I think the NFL was operating on the idea that international HGH-testing protocols would be absolutely fine with them, and the union thought the testing level for other sports was not applicable to football. The agreement they reached was a compromise, obviously.

On injuries.
“Are there more injuries in training camp than normal, or is there just more media coverage so we hear about the injuries more?”

I’ve seen nothing suggesting there are more injuries. When some high-profile guys (Jeremy Maclin, Dennis Pitta) go down early in camp, people are looking for some commonalities. Maclin’s injury happened when he was untouched, just coming off the line of scrimmage. Pitta’s occurred when he went up for a pass in the end zone and made contact (though not violent contact) with a safety. Fluky things. There are going to be some of those in pro football.

The smarts will come out—soon, I’m guessing …
“Great new site. When do you think people will start paying attention to how smart Colin Kaepernick is, as opposed to his physical gifts? The guy scored really high on his Wonderlic test, was recruited by Ivy League schools, and Jonathon Goodwin said in the Atlanta playoff game that he audibled a huge percentage and had them in the right play over 90 percent of the time. But all we read about is his speed and his gun for an arm.”

He’s started in the NFL for half a season. Give the media time to learn who Kaepernick is and how smart he is, and it will come out, in time.

Have a question or comment? Reach us at talkback@themmqb.com

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15 comments
lawrence.latham
lawrence.latham

Transcript options for video...I will watch a play but don't want to watch a video to hear what I would rather read...I have music, tv's, kids, and/or people around...just want to read postcards like always...T

Thanks...Love the site...

dougvbx
dougvbx

Peter:

Why not have a bit with you and an Swimsuit model like Dr. Z did with B. Decker? Each week you can try to explain the rules of the NFL to some scantily clad babe, could be real fun, even more so if she wasn't clueless. 

Jim21
Jim21

Going to spark a artificial vs natural grass debate? All of these ACL/MCL,  and achilles injuries we have heard about  in training camp are on natural grass fields and for the most part, in non-contact drills. Doesn't that kind of kill the argument against artificial turf being more dangerous for these types of injuries? I've played on some of the newer fields and PREFER them to natural grass.

BahrainiB
BahrainiB

I heard an interview with Keith Brookings on Armed Forces Network today, very smart man who explained his life in football and his opinions of the game very well. I was especially intrigued by his thoughts on older players mentoring rookies. He's worth taking a look at as a contributor, I think.

SufGedoe
SufGedoe

Used the search function using Buffalo Bills. Zero Hits, nada, zilch!

SriLanka
SriLanka

Love the masthead photograph in response to the reader suggestion that you never smile...brilliant response!

Starstruck
Starstruck

Peter, you were wrong about Percy Harvin starting Week 1. He decided to go with the surgery that the Seattle medical team didn't think was immediately necessary. They thought he could play through the injury as Kam Chancellor did last season. Do you have any inside info on how the Seattle FO is reacting to Harvin making his own decision on this matter? I seem to recall that the Viking's FO got peeved with Harvin milking injuries to look out for himself first before the team.

GusRandall
GusRandall

Thanks for bringing back the mailbag.  I know you're very accessible via Twitter but sometimes it's nice to be able to layout more than a 140 character thought and get more than a 140 character response.

NolaGuy
NolaGuy

The main nav that floats with the story cuts off content as I scroll with the space button. I can't be the only guy that reads this way, now I have to back up after each page scroll – not the case with very many other sites I visit each day.

thorms1
thorms1

THANK YOU FOR THE PRINT BUTTON!  YOU ARE THE BEST!

jlohnny
jlohnny

Love the mail bag, but should you be posting people's email addresses?

GusRandall
GusRandall

@jlohnny I wish he'd put back some identifiers. I had a couple of my questions printed on the old site (with "from Austin") and had a lot of people I know come up to me and say "was that your questions on MMQB yesterday?" and I always look to see if anyone I know got a question answered.

necain
necain

Searching for "Packers" brings up a lot of stuff that isn't about them, just because they are mentioned in the article. It's better than nothing, but not ideal.

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