Greg A. 
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 Bedard
•staff writer•

Greg A.
Bedard

Extra Point
A Season Slipping Away? A Team Slipping Away?
A Season Slipping Away? A Team Slipping Away?
Having suffered two ugly second-half collapses in the past two weeks, Jim Harbaugh‘s 49ers suddenly look like a team that lacks discipline and focus. Can they turn it around, and—more importantly—are they even Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers anymore?
By Greg A. Bedard
Going Long
Everything’s There But the Fire
Everything’s There But the Fire
He scrambles like Kaepernick, sheds tacklers like Roethlisberger and throws with preternatural precision. It all points to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 pick next year and sure-fire NFL franchise QB. But does he play it too cool?
By Greg A. Bedard
Extra Point
Everybody Hurts
Everybody Hurts
About a dozen star players went down in Week 2's rash of injuries. Was it just a bad day, or is the NFL looking at an injury epidemic?
By Greg A. Bedard
Open Field
Packers, Patriots Have Same Issues on Defense
Packers, Patriots Have Same Issues on Defense
The wrong personnel playing the wrong scheme affected both New England and Green Bay in season-opening losses. It’s a continuation of last season’s problems for both teams, though one has a better chance of fixing it
By Greg A. Bedard
Extra Point
The Right Thing—Finally
The Right Thing—Finally
It took far too long for the Ravens and the NFL to deal with Ray Rice in the way he deserved
By Greg A. Bedard
Open Field
Real Good, Real Fast
Real Good, Real Fast
His speed is the first thing that catches your eye. But his savvy, the kind rarely seen in 20-year-old rookies, is what will make New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks a special player
By Greg A. Bedard
10 Things I Think I Think
10 Things I Think I Think: The Preseason
10 Things I Think I Think: The Preseason
Why the three first-round rookie quarterbacks should sit, and why a QB drafted much later might be the best of the rookie bunch. Plus, the tales of three rising defenders: a star in Tennessee that is worth every penny of his new contract, a physical freak emerging as a force in Cincinnati, and a misfit in Philly who needs be rescued from the wrong scheme
By Greg A. Bedard
Open Field
Belichick Sells High
Belichick Sells High
Five years ago, Bill Belichick and the Patriots traded star DT Richard Seymour eight days before the start of the season. History repeated itself on Tuesday when the Pats sent stalwart guard Logan Mankins packing
By Greg A. Bedard
Inner Game
Hitting Hard, Seattle Style
Hitting Hard, Seattle Style
The Seahawks have embraced tackling techniques that remain physical and sure-handed while conforming to evolving safety rules—and Pete Carroll shows how in a new teaching video that’s become popular at the grassroots level
By Greg A. Bedard
Training Camp 2014
Patriots Report: Better Than Ever?
Patriots Report: Better Than Ever?
With a (relatively) healthy roster, including a shiny new shutdown corner, this might be the best Patriots team since 18-1
By Greg A. Bedard