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Every NFL Play Is a Brutal Game of Chess

Football games are won on the merits of power, speed and a refined intelligence. James Urban, the Bengals’ receivers coach and one of the most respected assistants in the league, walks us through the nuances of how plays are designed, routes are run, and passes get thrown

1967 Week: What Happened To Washington's Ray McDonald?

Washington's first-round pick in the 1967 NFL draft had loads of potential, but showing up late to a player meeting cost him his job at the beginning of his third season in the league. A flurry of factors—a long-time Achilles' tendon injury and the fact that he was gay—prevented him from ever playing in the NFL again.

1967 Week: The NFL’s Forgotten Third-Place Game

For a decade, the NFL staged an exhibition to determine third place. Vince Lombardi famously called it “a hinky-dink game,” while others just labeled it the Losers’ Bowl or the Toilet Bowl. But it still played a significant role in shaping the sports landscape of the 1960s

1967 Week: The Greatest Player Who Never Was

Joe Don Looney came to the NFL as a generational talent, a first-round pick despite being dismissed from his college team. He left a legacy of frustrated coaches, barroom brawls and constant disappointment. And when it was over, he embarked on a post-football life like no other

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The MMQB Podcasts

The Top 10 Safeties in Football

Lots of Seahawks and Ravens, and a 2016 Defensive Player of the Year candidate gets left off the list?! A shocking mystery is solved on this episode of the 10 Things Podcast

The 10 Best Tight Ends in Football

Gronkowski or Kelce? How much of an upgrade did the Packers get in Martellus Bennett? And does Jason Witten still make the cut?

Counting Down the Top Running Backs

A count down of the best RBs in football, and a deep dive into why each one thrives, and what the future holds for some veterans

Andre Branch and Life After Football

A breakout player in his first season with the Dolphins, Branch is looking to build on 2016 (and looking at his eventual life after football)

Inside the Story of The Great Super Bowl Jersey Caper

Jenny Vrentas and Robert Klemko share the details of how they reported their story on the investigation of Tom Brady's stolen jersey. Ravens guard John Urschel talks about his second career as a mathematics PhD student at MIT

Smarter Football

Every NFL Play Is a Brutal Game of Chess

Football games are won on the merits of power, speed and a refined intelligence. James Urban, the Bengals’ receivers coach and one of the most respected assistants in the league, walks us through the nuances of how plays are designed, routes are run, and passes get thrown

Smarter Football

Football’s Next Frontier: The Battle Over Big Data

NFL players have signed a five-year deal with WHOOP, a biometric performance company that measures workout strain, recovery, and quality of sleep via a wearable band. If teams want to see the data, they’re going to have to pay up . . . but they won’t be the only customers

The MMQB Podcast

The NFL’s 10 Best Cornerbacks

Apparently the players themselves get fired up about these things, so have a listen to our countdown of football’s 10-best cornerbacks and let your emotions get the best of you

Monday Morning Quarterback

The NFL's Optimism Season

Our guest columnist checks on some positive vibes emanating from New Orleans, Buffalo and Minnesota, among other places. Plus a closer look at Derek Carr’s contract, a former player gets sweaty in retirement and more

1967 Week

What Happened To Washington's Ray McDonald?

Washington's first-round pick in the 1967 NFL draft had loads of potential, but showing up late to a player meeting cost him his job at the beginning of his third season in the league. A flurry of factors—a long-time Achilles' tendon injury and the fact that he was gay—prevented him from ever playing in the NFL again.

Talking Football

Parting Thoughts

Emily Kaplan is leaving SI and joining ESPN to cover hockey. Before she turns in her playbook, she shares her favorite MMQB moments 

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Derek Carr’s Deal: Evolutionary, not Revolutionary

A blockbuster five-year, $125 million extension makes Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the highest-paid player—for now. The real game-changing QB deals—for Cousins, Stafford, Winston and Mariota—are still on the horizon
 

Game Plan

Colin Kaepernick Needs To Let His Voice Be Heard

Silent all offseason, the unemployed quarterback has created a vacuum that is being filled with tweets, opinions and teams wondering just how committed he is. Here's why Kaepernick should speak up. Plus notes on the rookie QBs, Derek Carr’s contract and the NFL link to the NBA champ