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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

A Texan-Sized Rebuild

Houston was good enough to make the playoffs last year. But for team brass, it was clear that they needed to place more talent around DeAndre Hopkins, one of the league’s most unique playmakers

New Team, Same Brock

‘There is no grudge,’ insists Brock Osweiler, as he puts four years with the Broncos in the rearview and embraces the open road in Houston. The Texans’ new quarterback opens up on his leap of faith and what to expect

Everything’s Faster in Texas

The Texans had a need for speed after a slow offensive season in 2015, so they gave their new quarterback some fast friends in the draft. The result is one of the NFL’s biggest offseason makeovers. Plus reader mail

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 Pain of J.J. Watt

With his groin muscle tearing off the bone, the Houston pass rusher still turned in the best season by an NFL defensive player in 2015. The MMQB went to Wisconsin to check on Watt’s rehab and get his opinion on the NFL’s early retirement trend. Plus draft notes on L.A., Dallas and more

Would You Give $37 Million to a Guy You’ve Never Met?

The rule preventing prospective free agents from talking with teams means the Texans handed Brock Osweiler the keys to their franchise pretty much sight unseen. A slight tweak—creating a free-agent visiting period—is an easy, and sensible, fix

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

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

A Shorts Story of a Texans Turnaround

The Texans’ creative new approach on offense has included Cecil Shorts III in a Swiss-army knife role: receiver, runner and passer. The veteran receiver on living the dream of throwing a touchdown in the NFL, how Bill O’Brien turned things around in Houston, and the history of one of the coolest names in the NFL

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

Four Free Agency Fails

It’s the same every year: Teams spend big in free agency and end up getting little in return. Halfway through the 2015 season, here are four players shaping up to be last offseason’s biggest free-agent mistakes