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West Coast State of Mind
The Power of Positive Coaching
The Power of Positive Coaching
After two previous stints in the pros, Pete Carroll got a third chance in Seattle—and proved that you can win with a smile in the NFL
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
Clear Eyes. Full Heart. Can’t Lose?
Clear Eyes. Full Heart. Can't Lose?
Philip Rivers has led other Chargers teams, with arguably more talent and greater expectations, and come up short. So why believe in him (and them) this year? Because something has changed in the way the 10-year veteran thinks and acts
By Jim Trotter
Open Field
Robert Mathis: On His Own, With Plenty Behind Him
Robert Mathis: On His Own, With Plenty Behind Him
In his first year unpaired from Dwight Freeney, the 11-year veteran burst into his own to lead the league in sacks and lead the Colts back to the postseason
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
Don’t Ditch Dennis
Don’t Ditch Dennis
The Raiders are 8-22 in two years under Dennis Allen, but the players say he's not the problem. Will owner Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie allow Allen to be the first Oakland coach to reach his third season since Jon Gruden?
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
Harbaugh to Texas? It’s Not So Crazy
Harbaugh to Texas? It’s Not So Crazy
The 49ers coach is downplaying rumors he’s a candidate for the Longhorns’ job, assuming it opens. But given his track record and the fact that he turned down a contract extension before the season began, it’s worth wondering whether the fiery former QB is getting restless in San Francisco
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
The Biggest Advantage: Confidence
The Biggest Advantage: Confidence
The seismic crowd support helps, but the Seahawks’ Monday night thrashing of New Orleans proved that the players’ self-belief—go ahead, call it cockiness—is their greatest strength
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
The Cards Are Clicking
The Cards Are Clicking
After an inconsistent start to the season, Arizona has reeled off four straight wins and is right in the playoff hunt. How have the Cardinals done it? Carson Palmer, his teammates and coaches are all beginning to understand each other
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
It’s Just a Start … But of What?
It's Just a Start ... But of What?
The Oakland Raiders will bench Terrelle Pryor in favor of undrafted rookie Matt McGloin for a second straight week on Sunday. Does it signal a new era, the beginning of a quarterback controversy, or that it’s time (yet again!) for the organization to go back to the drawing board?
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
Welcome Back?
Welcome Back?
By all accounts, the 49ers have made things for Aldon Smith as comfortable as possible, both in his decision to enter rehab and upon his return to the team. But suspensions can change the way a team views even its most beloved players
By Jim Trotter
West Coast State of Mind
The Forgotten Man
The Forgotten Man
Knowshon Moreno was a first-round pick who fumbled too often and got banished to the scout team in Denver. Instead of sulking, he grinded his way back into the starting lineup to become the unsung hero of Peyton Manning’s offense
By Jim Trotter