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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

‘One of God’s Masterpieces’

The retirement of Calvin Johnson at 30 surprised many around the NFL, but it was a relief to those who tried to cover him. Three corners reflect on what made the ex-Lion one of the game’s greats. Plus reader email

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 Birth of a Dynasty and the Death of a Dome

Thirty-four years ago, the Silverdome hosted Super Bowl XVI and the 49ers began their decade of dominance. With the Detroit stadium now in ruins, let’s look back at how San Francisco began its run—complete with shadowboxing coaches, bellhop disguises and players getting 'Physical’—and the fate of the venue where it all started

Martha Firestone Ford’s Patience has Run Out

No one was quite sure what to expect when Martha Firestone Ford took over as the Detroit Lions’ majority owner. Over the past few months, her message has come through loud and clear: Unlike her late husband, she won’t wait around to build a winner

Andy Benoit’s Midseason All-Pro Team

He didn’t consult stats or advanced metrics. The MMQB’s film-study guru simply relied on his own eyes and expertise to compile this list—and he’s ready for your challenge flags

Lights Out Football

In their never-ending quest to find a winning edge, NFL teams are turning their players on to the most accessible and natural performance-enhancer: a good night’s sleep

A Quarterback Crumbles

Matthew Stafford has face-planted in 2015. With the season on the verge of being lost, the pressure—figuratively and literally—is on the Lions’ franchise QB

Debacle in Detroit

How have the Lions gone from playoff team to, through five weeks, the NFL’s worst? It’s the players, of course

Detroit's Defense Struggling in Rough Start

Lions defense has allowed 29 points per game and it's vital that they pressure Peyton Manning in their home opener this weekend. If the Lions head into their Week 4 matchup with Seattle at 0-3, it will be difficult to bounce back

The Playbook Shuffle

Detroit's Tim Wright has played under five offensive coordinators for three teams in his three NFL seasons. Here's why the talented tight end has moved around so often and how he's handled the varied vernacular