Jenny<br />Vrentas
•staff writer•

Jenny
Vrentas

The Friday Interview
‘Confusion, Mistrust, Frustration, Anger’
‘Confusion, Mistrust, Frustration, Anger’
NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith and president Eric Winston speak out strongly against what they see as commissioner Roger Goodell’s unilateral and arbitrary enforcement of new discipline. If “Everything is on the table,” the union asks, why won’t the NFL come to the table?
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
‘Aldon Is Balling Again’
‘Aldon Is Balling Again’
Embattled linebacker Aldon Smith returned from his nine-game suspension just in time to help the 49ers compensate for a sluggish offense against the Giants on Sunday. Two wins in a row now have this team thinking playoffs again
By Jenny Vrentas
The Friday Interview
‘We Just Need to Get That Winning Feeling Back’
‘We Just Need to Get That Winning Feeling Back’
With his go-go-gadget arms and affinity for making one-handed catches, rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is trying to get the struggling Giants back on track
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
‘A Completely Different Guy Right Now’
‘A Completely Different Guy Right Now’
Mark Sanchez won over Philadelphia and celebrated Monday night’s win with cheesesteaks. Remember the butt fumble? His transformation began in January with an intervention disguised as a lunch meeting
By Jenny Vrentas
The Friday Interview
The Ghost Who Haunts Defensive Backs
The Ghost Who Haunts Defensive Backs
Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton on living up to his new nickname, the lessons he’s learned from Reggie Wayne, what makes the chemistry so great with Andrew Luck and that weird backpack in his locker
By Jenny Vrentas
The Friday Interview
‘I Am Going to be Here for a Long Time’
‘I Am Going to be Here for a Long Time’
Andy Dalton on his contract extension, the art of the quarterback sneak, searching for his first playoff win (and second and third), and the biggest difference now that Hue Jackson is the Bengals’ offensive coordinator
By Jenny Vrentas
Going Long
Waging Four Battles and Relying on Joe Cool
Waging Four Battles and Relying on Joe Cool
The Ray Rice scandal rocked the NFL, but not the Ravens’ locker room. Once the domain of a spitfire linebacker named Ray Lewis, it’s now the province of a ho-hum quarterback who prefers talking over yelling. A look at how Joe Flacco has kept Baltimore on track—and how the team upgraded at running back
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
Better Than London
Better Than London
The NFL wants to bolster its presence in the United Kingdom, but moving a franchise there is fraught with risks and rotating teams in and out of Wembley Stadium is a logistical conundrum. With a tip of the hat to one reader, here’s a solution that would allow the NFL to expand its footprint overseas and at home
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
In Addressing Domestic Violence, the NFL Takes Its First Tangible Steps
In Addressing Domestic Violence, the NFL Takes Its First Tangible Steps
Beginning next week, the league will give presentations to all of its players, coaches and team employees on how to identify and prevent domestic violence and child abuse. Here’s a look at what the process will entail
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
A Giant Beatdown … And the Best Is Yet To Come
A Giant Beatdown … And the Best Is Yet To Come
The Eagles finally came together on D, steamrolling the Giants for their first shutout since 1996. They did so without giving away any of their blitz secrets
By Jenny Vrentas