Don<br />Banks
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The Conscience
Any Sense of Stability Is Always Sacrificed
Any Sense of Stability Is Always Sacrificed
In Washington’s cycle of defeat and disillusionment, the dynamic never changes because of Daniel Snyder, who can’t afford to run another coach out of town
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Staring Down a Disaster
Staring Down a Disaster
How bad is the NFC South? How broken is the playoff format? In one scenario, the NFL could have its first division champ with 10 or more losses and its first 12-win team miss the postseason. It’s time for common sense to trump tradition
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Restoring Ray Rice
Restoring Ray Rice
For the disgraced former Ravens running back, the reality of returning to football relevance might be out of the question. But restoring his name off the field, where at one time he was lauded for his passion to help people, can still be achieved
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On A Run and Loving It
On A Run and Loving It
As the NFL skews more and more toward fantasy-fueled aerial madness, the offenses that stay grounded are the ones piling up the wins. Just look at Dallas
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Who Doesn’t Like a Tie?
Who Doesn’t Like a Tie?
So Carolina and Cincinnati played five quarters and failed to come up with a winner. It’s not the end of football, and no drastic measures need to be taken—in fact, draws can spice up a season
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Don’t Go There, Raiders: Pass on Jon Gruden
Don’t Go There, Raiders: Pass on Jon Gruden
Oakland needs a savior, and bringing back the former silver-and-black coach would make a splash. But it’s not worth the money or the heartache
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Hubris and Hogwash
Hubris and Hogwash
Mark Cuban was scoffed and sneered at for warning the NFL about the perils of arrogance. His words now look prophetic as the mighty league has been made vulnerable by player misdeeds and the failures of leadership
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His Job Is Safe, His Credibility Is Shot
His Job Is Safe, His Credibility Is Shot
Two years ago, Roger Goodell told the Saints that ignorance was not a suitable defense in the Bountygate scandal. In the wake of the second Ray Rice video, the NFL commissioner is using that same defense. His credibility is slipping away
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Keep Doing the Right Thing, Roger
Keep Doing the Right Thing, Roger
Roger Goodell admitted making a mistake with Ray Rice’s mere two-game ban and readdressed the league’s policy on domestic violence. But that’s not the only part of the NFL commissioner’s kingdom that needs a course change
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The Extra Point Is … Good! (So Stop Trying To Fix It)
The Extra Point Is … Good! (So Stop Trying To Fix It)
Yes, point-afters are easy. But so are gimme putts in golf. There are plenty of changes and improvements the NFL needs to make, but tinkering with the PAT isn’t one of them
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