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Best of Dr. Z: The Long Way Up

In 1985, Zim profiled Los Angeles Raiders quarterback wrecker Howie Long and how he departed Boston’s streets for NFL stardom

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

If the NFL Wants Vegas, Will Vegas Want the NFL?

As Raiders owner Mark Davis flirts with Sin City, the question has been whether the NFL would ever allow such a move. But anecdotal evidence suggests Vegas’ largest moneymaker—casinos—may be the real hurdle 

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

Next Stop: Los Angeles

The league is nearing a vote to decide which one (or two) teams will get to call L.A. home. Plus, the ‘coaches v. quants’ conflict, and the elimination of a nonsensical rule regarding draft picks

The Ageless Wonder

Charles Woodson reflects on his football life—from falling in love with the game in the backyard, to winning the Heisman, to playing for Al Davis and the infamous Tuck Rule game, to winning the Lombardi Trophy in Green Bay. Will the elder statesman return for one more season—at least?

The Relocation Rants

Cheers, jeers and tears. Fans of the Rams, Chargers and Raiders let it all out in cathartic town hall meetings hosted by the NFL as the league considers moving a team to Los Angeles

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

No Longer a Black Hole

The Oakland Raiders are playoff contenders thanks to quarterback Derek Carr and wideout Amari Cooper, who headline a diverse offense that is trending to become (eventually) one of the league’s best

The Race for L.A. Heats Up

Three teams have emerged as candidates to relocate to the nation’s second-largest market. A breakdown of the proposals each team has received from its current home market, and the proposed locations for a move to Los Angeles