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Don’t Reach for the Panic Button in Washington

Jay Gruden defends Kirk Cousins after the Redskins’ 0-2 start: “There’s no reason to go crazy and say the quarterback’s no good.” Plus a look at the Vikings, Bills, Steelers and more going into Week 3

Brandon Marshall talks Jets and Career Regrets

A conversation with the New York Jets receiver about his tempestuous career, the importance of mental fitness, changes he wants to see in the league before he retires, and post-football plans. Plus, Marshall issues an apology to a former Denver teammate

Taking Stock of Our Stars

Two seasons ago, Marshawn Lynch was vilified for not talking to reporters. Now Colin Kaepernick is being treated the same way for speaking out. Who do we want our athletes to be?

‘He Takes the Fun Out of Football’

Emily Kaplan visited Decatur, Ill., the original home of the Chicago Bears franchise, to ask men and women on the street what they think of Roger Goodell, as the commissioner approaches 10 years on the job

Punting on Politics

Donald Trump has publicly courted Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger for endorsements to validate his tough-guy persona, but athletes are being advised to steer clear of the political arena with these two candidates

A Final Cram Before Summer

Guest columnist Emily Kaplan covers Jay Cutler’s defining season to come, the no-growth HGH investigation, the weird off-field predicaments of rookie QBs, a marijuana crusade, Rex Ryan’s bluster and bicycle, and the mom who just might overshadow all the Father’s Day tributes

On Defense, the Bears Restock to Restore

From Butkus to Buddy Ryan to Brian Urlacher, the Bears’ greatest years have been driven by defense. After a string of disappointing seasons a new regime has brought in 10 new defensive starters in less than 18 months, a rapid rebuild designed to put Chicago back in the postseason

Kevin White’s Dream No Longer Deferred

The No. 7 pick of the 2015 draft is finally ready to start his NFL career after missing all of last season. White reflects on the emotional toll of sitting out as a rookie, and the positive outlook on his current health as he goes through OTAs

How Quarterbacks Are Made

The MMQB examined the youth football careers and family backgrounds of the 15 QBs taken in this year’s NFL draft (a record number), and found several key life experiences that appear to be predictors of success. Often, the men who play the position aren’t natural born leaders

The Blitz Is Back! (Maybe)

Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season