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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 NFL’s Safety Squeeze

Defenses don’t have a great solution for covering versatile tight ends. Cornerbacks are much too small, linebackers much too slow. So why have safeties like George Iloka faced a soft market in free agency? And what’s it mean for the 2016 draft?

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

The Wisdom of Forrest Gregg

We caught up with the Hall of Famer at his Colorado Springs home and reminisced about his playing days in Green Bay and Dallas, his coaching tenure in Cincy and how he survived both the Ice Bowl and Freezer Bowl

Photo Reflections with Boomer Esiason

‘I was supposed to be the guy going to Disney World. I’m standing on the sideline and I get a tap on the shoulder: Do you know your lines?’ Boomer Esiason on memories of Super Bowl XXIII, playing for Pete Carroll in New York and nearly becoming Brett Favre’s backup

Ickey Woods Is Still Shuffling

The former Bengals star on how his famous touchdown dance came to be, the odd jobs he’s been working, his thoughts on the negativity surrounding Cam Newton’s celebrations and his charity work after the tragic loss of his son

An Open Letter to Players

Take care of yourselves. Take care of the game. In the wake of the Steelers-Bengals debacle, the future of the sport depends on you

We’re in for a Wild Weekend

All eight teams playing on Wild-Card weekend are able to make a legitimate claim to being Super Bowl contenders, but four of them are going home. Breaking down the matchups that will decide each game

The Unlikely QBs of the Likely AFC Playoffs

The conventional wisdom is that you need a superstar quarterback to win Super Bowls. Yet, looking at the likely AFC playoff bracket, it’s Tom Brady and five pedestrian signal-callers. Here’s how each one gets it done

The Fine Fifteen: What Monday Night Meant

The Broncos’ victory over the Bengals on Monday night eased concerns about Denver’s quarterback situation with Brock Osweiler at the helm but left the Bengals unsettled. The rankings headed into the final week

For Once, Monday Night Is Must-See

An upset-filled Sunday only added to the intrigue of Monday Night’s matchup: the Brock Osweiler-led Broncos versus AJ McCarron and the Bengals, with a first-round bye up for grabs

The Fine 15: Sanity Check

Seismic activity in the NFL pecking order this week will leave many questioning the power ranker’s mental state. Please form an orderly line

The New Andy Dalton Show

As fiery as his red hair, the Bengals’ quarterback has finally taken a leadership role and transformed into an MVP candidate. For the nonbelievers, a postseason win will be the measure of true growth