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Tom Brady’s Hail Mary

It’s a long shot, but the legal team for the Patriots QB filed one final brief in an attempt to avoid a four-game suspension. Brady’s lawyer explains the case. Plus reader mail, including reaction to Washington’s nickname 

Why I Still Won’t Use ‘R’ Word

A recent poll suggests 90 percent of Native Americans are not offended by the nickname of Washington’s NFL franchise, but that’s not going to change my opinion on this hot-button, societal issue

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

Mike Shanahan: RG3 and Me

The former Washington coach reflects on what went wrong in Washington with Robert Griffin III and what it will take for the humbled quarterback to succeed in Cleveland. Plus Shanahan addresses his own future in football

Worry-Free Washington

Relax, Washington fans. News that contract talks have ceased between Kirk Cousins and the team is not foreboding. A look at why patience will pay off for both parties, plus more on Manning, Mayo and mail

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

Timmy Smith: One Big Game, One Big Regret

A surprise start in the biggest game of a rookie’s life led to a blowout and a rushing record that stands to this day. But the Washington running back was out of the NFL two years later and eventually found himself on the wrong side of the law, watching the Super Bowl from behind bars

Photo Reflections with Joe Theismann

"God, I was skinny. I don't know how I threw a football with that skinny little right arm of mine." Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann takes a look at photographs throughout his football career and shares how he remembers those moments in his life

The Final Note on RG3

Silent this season after being demoted to the bench, Robert Griffin III left Washington a farewell message without saying a thing. It was a strange ending befitting the odd tenure for the ex-franchise QB in D.C.

DeSean Jackson’s New Brotherhood

On the verge of the playoffs, the veteran wideout reflects on mentoring Washington’s young receivers, the rise of Kirk Cousins, and how karma came back to haunt his old team

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 Books of Cousins

The starting quarterback for the surprise NFC East leaders is on a constant quest to better himself as a player and person. Kirk Cousins may not be the best QB in the NFL—or maybe even in Washington—but he’s making the case that he belongs

Coach Chris and the Young Guys

Chris Samuels could have been on an NFL sideline this season. Instead the former All-Pro tackle is in high school, in part to teach the game, and in part to pass along the same lessons that once saved him

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