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A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part I: Five Days to Learn 171 Plays

Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals allowed The MMQB inside the installation of the game plan for their Week 8 meeting with the Browns. How does a QB absorb and apply so much complexity—nearly 200 plays, plus all of their possible permutations and adjustments—in less than a week? Commitment and confidence help—and so does virtual reality

The Essence of Seattle

Famously silent, Marshawn Lynch has always let his play speak for itself. But a subpar, injury-plagued season has Seahawks fans talking about the 29-year-old’s future and his true value for a struggling team

Should We Believe in Cam Newton?

The Panthers are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history, and their quarterback has put himself in the company of Manning, Brady and Rodgers. As his game evolves, can Superman validate himself as a talent like no other?

What Benton Harbor Needed Was Elliot Uzelac

A grizzled coach with more than four decades of big-time college and pro experience came out of retirement to take over a troubled high school program in a distressed Michigan town. Instilling discipline and providing direction, he’s changed the Tigers’ fortunes—and changed some lives

Going to School on Deflategate

The University of New Hampshire is offering a course on the never-ending battle between Roger Goodell and Tom Brady. For three hours on a recent Wednesday evening, The MMQB went inside the classroom and the case

From Apprentice to Master

Bruce Arians, Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells each had a hand in molding Todd Bowles, who is now remaking the Jets in his own image

How Daily Fantasy Is Changing the Game

Seven-figure paydays, complex statistical algorithms, congressional inquiries, suspicions of insider info, and yes, all those advertisements. Daily Fantasy Football’s main competitors—FanDuel and DraftKings—are now entwined with the NFL experience. But with multiple controversies converging at once, will it stay that way?

The Hard News

Ed Werder has become a fixture in the NFL while covering stories for ESPN. The news away from his job—concerning his daughter and her husband—has been much tougher to handle

Why Jim Brown Matters

To his football heirs—from Barry Sanders to Adrian Peterson—he’s the one player by which their own greatness is measured. To those who played with and against the Cleveland Browns legend, his prowess, intensity and intellect remain awe-inspiring. Fifty years after walking away from the game at his peak, he still towers over the NFL. Yes, he was just that good

‘This Is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done’

Mike Sherman was coach and GM of the Packers in the Brett Favre years, ran Texas A&M and has been offensive coordinator for three NFL teams. This season he’s coaching a high school in Cape Cod that nearly dropped football a few years back. What’s he doing so far from the spotlight?

The NFL’s Future in Europe

The NFL has worked aggressively to establish itself in London. Germany could be next. But the league still has major hurdles to clear in its quest to become a truly worldwide sport. Can it be done?

Don’t Bludgeon the Man

Jim Tomsula hardly made a good first impression as the 49ers head coach. But it’d be a mistake to write-off someone who once lived in his car (with a dog, cat and litter box) just so he could be a volunteer college coach

The NFL Wants L.A., But Is It a Requited Love?

Momentum has never been stronger for the league to return to Los Angeles after more than two decades away. This summer, The MMQB sought out more than 100 Angelenos from all walks of life to take the temperature of fans

The Rex Effect

After a turbulent final act with the Jets, Rex Ryan is starting fresh in Buffalo, infusing the franchise with qualities that have been in short supply since the Bills’ Super Bowl heydey: personality, excitement and optimism. Brash? He’s OK with that, too