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Open Field
‘That is Our Locker Room’
‘That is Our Locker Room’
Carolina’s Ron Rivera says breaking down the invisible wall between players and coaches is an important step toward improving locker room culture—not to mention creating a winning environment
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
Wear Pink For My Mom, Who Lived to Love
Wear Pink For My Mom, Who Lived to Love
My mother’s decade-long battle with breast cancer is over now, but mine is just beginning. To honor her, and my four aunts who died from the disease, I want to ask one small favor of you. Well, two actually
Weekend Notes
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
Deep Dive
What It All Means: NFC Draft Breakdowns
What It All Means: NFC Draft Breakdowns
The 2014 NFL draft went down in unpredictable fashion. Now it’s time to look at what each team’s haul means going forward
By Andy Benoit
Business of Football
Explaining the Fifth-Year Option for Teams
Explaining the Fifth-Year Option for Teams
A key deadline occurs Friday night regarding players picked in the first round of the 2011 draft. For teams, it's a chance to get an extra year—on the cheap—from a talented young player. For players, it's a chance to see their true status
By Andrew Brandt
On Further Review
‘You’ve Got to Take One’
‘You’ve Got to Take One’
That's the advice of Mike Holmgren—Super Bowl-winning coach and a former team architect—to the QB-needy teams considering drafting a passer in May. Will the Texans, Jags, Browns, Bucs and Vikings listen? Plus, reader mail
By Peter King
Behind the Face Mask
The Kraken, Unleashed
The Kraken, Unleashed
A sixth-round pick four years ago, Greg Hardy enters free agency as one of the league’s most coveted pass rushers. The defensive end wants to stay in Carolina, for the right price
By Robert Klemko
Deep Dive
Why Your Playoff Team Didn’t Reach XLVIII: NFC
Why Your Playoff Team Didn’t Reach XLVIII: NFC
The failure to secure home-field advantage. A weak ground game. Unable to stop the run. A rusty QB. Three second-half turnovers. Diagnosing why the Saints, Panthers, Eagles, Packers and 49ers missed out on a trip to MetLife
By Andy Benoit
My Best Shot
Yep, He Got the Foot Down
Yep, He Got the Foot Down
Sometimes the play comes to you—in the Niners-Panthers game, photographer Simon Bruty got an up-close look at the Vernon Davis TD that was originally ruled out. Here’s the sequence • PHOTOGRAPHS BY SIMON BRUTY/SI
Weekend Notes
The Panther Whisperer
The Panther Whisperer
You probably don't know his name, and that's OK with him. Dave Gettleman is perfectly content to keep his head buried in film, all in the name of building a winner in Carolina. He's one-for-one so far
By Greg A. Bedard