inner game

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

The Secret to Being a Good O-Line Coach is C.O.O.L.

Offensive line is the least glamorous position in the NFL, and coaching it is not a star turn either. But amid the anonymity is a group bond that extends beyond team borders. Welcome to the annual Coaches of Offensive Linemen clinic

The Accidental Coach of the Cleveland Browns

Mike Pettine wasn’t the first choice (or second or third or...) to lead the locker room. But the 47-year-old former high school coach is in Cleveland and ready to unleash a shape-shifting defense set to wreak havoc in the AFC North

Week 16 Decisive Moments

Breaking down tape to analyze and explain the most critical plays of the week, which feature three quarterbacks—Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Tony Romo—displaying poise under pressure

Week 15 Decisive Moments

Breaking down tape to analyze and explain the most critical plays of the week, including a key fourth-down conversion in the Dolphins' upset of the Patriots and the play that ended the Saints' comeback hopes

Week 14: Decisive Moments

Breaking down tape to analyze and explain the most critical plays of the week, including the successful onside kick by the Patriots, the game-sealing touchdown by the Eagles and the winning score for the Ravens

Week 13: Decisive Moments

Breaking down tape to analyze and explain the critical plays in an overtime loss for the Bears, a narrow Chiefs' setback to the Broncos and the Jags' clutch win over the Browns

Week 11: The Decisive Moments

Breaking down the key plays in wins by the Steelers, Raiders, Saints and Bears

Week 10: Decisive Moments

Breaking down tape to analyze and explain the critical plays in victories for the Ravens, Lions, Cardinals and—finally!—the Jaguars

Week 9: Decisive Moments

The crucial plays that turned Dallas, Tennessee, Washington and Indianapolis into winners on Sunday ... and left Minnesota, St. Louis, San Diego and Houston shaking their heads in defeat

Week 8: Decisive Moments

Breaking down the crucial moments that helped turn the Raiders, Broncos, Patriots and Lions into winners on Sunday

Week 7: Decisive Moments

Devastating injuries and one weird penalty dominated the storylines, but it was execution—or lack of it—in the trenches that spelled the difference in four big wins

Week 6: Decisive Moments

An exploited mismatch that gave Green Bay the win, two unsung Lions who forced a boneheaded pass, picture-perfect 49ers blocking and, of course, pinpoint playmaking by the Patriots highlighted the weekend

Week 5: Decisive Moments

How the Lions and Seahawks were burnt by aggressive play in the secondary, what happened when the Patriots got caught napping—er, celebrating—and why Tony Romo deserves none of the blame for throwing a game-changing interception in a shootout with the Broncos

Week 4: Decisive Moments

Breaking down the pivotal plays that helped turn the Bills, Seahawks, Cardinals and Chargers into winners last weekend

Week 3: The Decisive Moments

A close look at how special teams, a bootleg and a perfectly timed pass deflection lifted the Dolphins, Browns, Colts and Bengals to wins on Sunday

Yeah, But Can He Make It in the Pros?

Johnny Manziel lacks the arm strength, the build and the choir-boy image, but watch him shred Nick Saban’s Alabama defense and it’s clear he has a future in today’s NFL

Week 2 Keys to Victory

A critical look at the moments that turned the Bears, Bills, Texans and Saints into winners (and the Vikings, Panthers, Titans and Bucs into losers) on Sunday

Week 1 Keys to Victory

You’ve seen the highlights and taken stock of your fantasy teams, but there’s more to digest. Here are the inner workings of four plays that determined who won and lost on Sunday