Robert<br />Klemko
•staff writer•

Robert
Klemko

Open Field
Why the AFC North is Football’s Crown Jewel
Why the AFC North is Football’s Crown Jewel
A year ago, the NFC West was put on a pedestal as the NFL’s best division. But the aggressive, intelligent and opportunistic teams in the AFC North are changing the discussion. (You just have to ignore Manziel’s performance last Sunday)
By Robert Klemko
Going Long
A Marshawn Kind of Way
A Marshawn Kind of Way
A prodigious back known as Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch is many things to many people: quiet, ornery, a thug and a jerk. But those who know him best say he’s an introvert who won’t conform—and the best teammate they’ve ever had
By Robert Klemko
Unplugged
A True Gamer
A True Gamer
The Buccaneers’ season is a lost cause, but Gerald McCoy remains a punishing force in the trenches. The defensive tackle talks about taking down quarterbacks, parenthood, the value of mentors and his passion for playing video games
By Robert Klemko
Open Field
The Best Offensive Minds
The Best Offensive Minds in Football
Mike Martz, architect of The Greatest Show on Turf, breaks down the game-planning and play-calling of the NFL’s top three offensive coaches. Here’s what you should know about Mike McCoy, Adam Gase and Mike McCarthy
By Robert Klemko
Going Long
Where Pride Still Matters
Where Pride Still Matters
To the west of Boston, two affluent towns renewed their heated gridiron rivalry for the 127th time on Thanksgiving morning. Yet bragging rights seem so inconsequential to the backstories that challenge our notion of life in the suburbs
By Robert Klemko
Open Field
The Snow Couldn’t Stop the Bills, and Neither Could the Jets
The Snow Couldn’t Stop the Bills, and Neither Could the Jets
Beseiged by an epic snowstorm, Buffalo Bills players and staff used their time wisely—mostly studying film and the game plan—then traveled to Detroit and crushed the Jets for their socked-in city
By Robert Klemko
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UNBEARABLE
UNBEARABLE
Jay Cutler’s three touchdown passes lifted Chicago to victory over Minnesota, but they did little to make fans forget about what a miserable season it’s been. The Bears are now tied with the Vikings for last place in the NFC North, and the paying customers are screaming for a new face of the franchise
By Robert Klemko
Unplugged
‘The Reality Is I Am a Commodity’
‘The Reality Is I Am a Commodity’
Injured in his 12th season, Bears cornerback Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman knows his NFL days are numbered. The MMQB caught up with him to talk about longevity (he wants two more years), the best receiver he’s ever covered (the answer might surprise you) and why he recently stood on a chair and asked people for money
By Robert Klemko
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How Philip Rivers Raised His Game
How Philip Rivers Raised His Game
He’s always had the talent and the stats, but under the new regime San Diego’s longtime quarterback has become a more complete player and stronger leader. At age 32 he’s lifted himself into MVP contention and has the Chargers looking like a Super Bowl team
By Robert Klemko
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Nobody Is Laughing
Nobody Is Laughing
With a fourth straight loss coming in embarrassing fashion, the Jets are in disarray to the point that Rex Ryan could be out of a job. But the head coach is far from the reason Gang Green has fallen apart
By Robert Klemko