Weekend Notes

Weekend Notes
Baltimore Bounce-Back?
Baltimore Bounce-Back?
A disappointing, 8-8 defense of their Super Bowl title in the rearview, the Ravens entered the offseason on a mission: Improve the disastrous offense. A look at the progress, plus notes on Alex Mack, the 2015 QB draft class and more
By Greg A. Bedard
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Back to School with DeMarcus Ware
Back to School with DeMarcus Ware
Like a lot of players on the move this offseason, the new Denver Bronco has some studying to do to get up to speed with his new team. But there’s also longer-term planning: How to prepare for life after football
By Robert Klemko
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Don’t Sleep on Indy
Don’t Sleep on Indy
While the Pats and Broncos steal the headlines, the Colts added a potential impact player in Hakeem Nicks to a lineup that should be getting healthier and better in Year 3 of Andrew Luck
By Greg A. Bedard
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Fast and Spurious
Fast and Spurious
NFL free agency opened with more than 60 contracts and a $1 billion binge on the first day alone, but the eye-popping numbers don’t tell the whole story. Let's pause to assess the winners, the losers and the leaps of faith ... plus, my take on Vince Wilfork’s impending divorce from the Patriots and why Everson Griffen—who?—became a rich man
By Greg A. Bedard
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Learning to Fly Again
Learning to Fly Again
There’s no quick fix, but the Falcons can position themselves as contenders by following this offseason blueprint
By Greg A. Bedard
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The Steelers at the Crossroads
The Steelers at the Crossroads
Stuck in mediocrity for two seasons, cap-strapped Pittsburgh must make smart decisions—especially on Lamarr Woodley and Jason Worilds—if it’s going to get out of the rut
By Greg A. Bedard
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Why Joe Didn’t Know
Why Joe Didn’t Know
A CEO-type coach like the Dolphins’ Joe Philbin trusts in institutions such as the player development program and leadership councils to handle locker-room and other off-field issues. NFL players will tell you that approach will fail if those institutions aren’t strong
By Greg A. Bedard
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Ted Wells Report: A Culture Gone Wrong
Ted Wells Report: A Culture Gone Wrong
The official report on the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito case isn’t an indictment of the NFL locker room as a whole, but a case study in what can happen when it’s left to operate without restraints or mature leadership
By Greg A. Bedard
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There’s Life in Sun Life
There’s Some Life in Sun Life
Dennis Hickey, the Dolphins’ new GM, has the tools—and the cap room—to build a winner. Plus, how J.J. Watt plays into Houston’s Jadeveon Clowney decision
By Greg A. Bedard
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The Hidden Matchup
The Hidden Matchup
There’s more to XLVIII than the league’s top offense going up against the league’s top D. The respective coordinators, Denver’s Adam Gase and Seattle’s Dan Quinn, are rising stars who are destined to become head coaches. Think of this Super Bowl as the prequel to something even bigger between the two
By Greg A. Bedard