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The Vikings’ Secret Weapon

Is it special teams, which returned a punt for a TD against the Panthers? Is it the defense, which punished Cam Newton and held Kelvin Benjamin to no catches? Is it Sam Bradford learning on the fly? Not exactly. It’s the man on the sideline calling all the shots

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

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?

Campus Life with Jim Harbaugh

The outspoken Michigan coach is loving life in college, and still seeing plenty of love for football at the high school and youth levels. Plus, notes on the Kirk Cousins negotiations, new-found depth in Detroit, a new left tackle in Seattle and the assistant coach revolving door in Cincinnati

Big Shoes to Fill

With training camps a month away, a number of teams are staring down roster problems that opened up this offseason. The 12 most problematic roster holes that opened this offseason, and how each team plans to address them

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

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?