Weekend Notes

Weekend Notes
The Quiet Chargers
The Quiet Chargers
Remember San Diego? Plucky little bunch, won a playoff game and took the eventual AFC champs to the wire? Yeah, they're back and feeling all kinds of confident heading into 2014. Plus, notes on the playbook 'scandal' and more
By Greg A. Bedard
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Worst to First? The Buccaneers Believe It
Worst to First? The Buccaneers Believe It
Forget about rebuilding or taking it slow. Tampa Bay's new general manager Jason Licht says his team is ready to win now. Can coach Lovie Smith, QB Josh McCown and company really compete for an NFC South division title in 2014?
By Greg A. Bedard
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Rumors of Brady’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
Rumors of Brady’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
It's 'beyond ridiculous' to suggest Tom Brady is no longer a top five quarterback, says a coach very familiar with the Patriots star's work. Plus, notes on Colin Kaepernick's deal, Jermichael Finley's comeback and Dion Jordan's bust status
By Greg A. Bedard
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Celebrity Chaperones
Celebrity Chaperones
Running back Rashad Jennings takes underprivileged kids to college, how cornerback Prince Amukamara ended up at the Bar Mitzvah, and the Ravens’ epic mishandling of Ray Rice
By Robert Klemko
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Keeping It Together
Keeping It Together
Despite a rough offseason lowlighted by a series of player defections, Chiefs GM John Dorsey isn’t about to stray from his longterm plan to rebuild the program
By Greg A. Bedard
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Questioning the Practice
Questioning the Practice
The 2011 CBA was negotiated to reduce mileage on players in the offseason. Coaches hate it, players want access to the facilities, but the time away may make teams better ... plus, a ChuckStrong update and Greg Hardy’s legal woes
By Robert Klemko
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Manziel Mania, Now Headed to Cleveland
Manziel Mania, Now Headed to Cleveland
It was a wild ride on Thursday night at Radio City, but to the thrill of practically everyone, Johnny Manziel is a Brown—and neither he nor the beleaguered franchise can wait for the Johnny Football era to begin. Plus, more takes from the first round
By Jenny Vrentas
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The Tease of Rookie WRs
The Tease of Rookie WRs
Everyone is in agreement: the 2014 draft class of wide receivers is stacked. But don't get too excited about the new skill guys contributing in Year 1. A trend in the college game has made the pro wideout learning curve much steeper
By Greg A. Bedard
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These Guys Don’t Wear Flowers in Their Hair
These Guys Don’t Wear Flowers in Their Hair
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke are supremely competitive, confident individuals who often bypass pleasantries and sometimes disagree on important football matters. But a power struggle? Both deny it
By Greg A. Bedard
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The Strength of Birds
The Strength of Birds
The Cardinals shook up their strength and conditioning staff in the offseason, bringing in a mad scientist and an Olympic gold medalist hurdler to recondition the team. Plus, Johnny Manziel, San Francisco suspension chatter and more
By Greg A. Bedard