Andy Reid was a young, offensive-minded coach who hadn’t even been a coordinator when Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie hired him to lead a franchise out of despair 23 years ago.
Now, Reid and three much younger, offensive gurus are the last coaches standing.
The NFL is moving closer to having its first female head coach.
It may take a few more years, perhaps another decade. However, the question is no longer if it’ll happen but when it will happen.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Despite winning an unprecedented seven Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady is still haunted by one that slipped away — literally.
As Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) in an NFC wild-card game Sunday, the GOAT has been forced to recall his big drop.
Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders played to win, knocking the Los Angeles Chargers out of the playoffs and sending the Pittsburgh Steelers to the tournament.
The NFL’s playoff field was set when the Raiders locked up the final wild-card spot by beating the Chargers in overtime in a wild, winner-take-all game Sunday night.
Antonio Brown tossed his jersey and shoulder pads toward the bench, threw his glove and undershirt into the stands and ran off the field bare-chested, waving a peace-out sign to fans in the end zone while Tom Brady huddled the offense for an important play.
Josh Johnson joined the Ravens 10 days ago, and the well-traveled quarterback started his first game in 1,092 days with first place in the AFC North on the line Sunday at Cincinnati.
The Chargers didn’t have outside linebacker Joey Bosa, running back Austin Ekeler, receiver Mike Williams and center Corey Linsley when they faced the Texans.
2 go or not 2 go. That is the question.
It's a query Ravens coach John Harbaugh has faced twice lately, and many times in the past. It's one that fellow AFC North coach Mike Tomlin of the Steelers — yes, two of the NFL's best sideline men — also has been asked a bunch.
John Harbaugh again went for the win and the AFC North became even more jumbled.
The Ravens (8-6) lost their third straight game Sunday when Tyler Huntley threw incomplete to Mark Andrews on a 2-point conversion attempt after Baltimore had rallied for two touchdowns in the final five minutes to get within one point of Green Bay.
If your team is not in the NFL playoff race heading into the final four weeks of the schedule, well, that team must be pretty bad.
Except for the Lions, Texans, Jaguars, Bears and the two New York teams (Rotten Big Apple, indeed), everyone else remains in the conversation for the postseason.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Josh Allen wouldn’t let Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruise to a lopsided victory after the Buffalo Bills fell behind by 21 points at halftime.
Allen led an impressive comeback with his arm and legs to force overtime before Brady connected with Breshad Perriman for a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown to win it.
A year ago, the Seahawks and Steelers were heading toward the playoffs. So were the Saints, Browns and Bears.
Now? Well, even if any of them stumbles into the postseason, the likelihood of doing any damage there is slim.
John Harbaugh has the best kicker in the NFL, currently and possibly ever. Yet, trailing by one point, he left Justin Tucker on the sideline Sunday night and went for a 2-point conversion in the dying seconds at Pittsburgh.
Aaron Rodgers flaunts the NFL/NFLPA coronavirus protocols and gets a fine that barely shows up in his paycheck.
Antonio Brown and two others do the same and get three-game suspensions.
Throwing the football in the NFL is so alluring it can seduce even the best run teams.
The Indianapolis Colts forgot they have Jonathan Taylor after relying on Carson Wentz’s arm to build a 10-point halftime lead against the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.
Close games and unpredictable outcomes have been a staple this NFL season.
Thanksgiving Day was the latest example.
The Bears beat the Lions on a last-second field goal.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are back in a familiar spot. Same for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
The Chiefs and Patriots have surged to first place in their respective divisions with monthlong winning streaks.
All the time, fans read and hear about late-game heroics in the NFL. This quarterback has led so many comeback victories, or this defense is most stout as the final minutes tick away.
Russell Wilson was shut out for the first time in his career. Taylor Heinicke outplayed Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers had fewer touchdowns than Cam Newton.
Another Sunday was filled with upsets and unpredictability.
In a most unpredictable of NFL seasons, with only the Detroit Lions showing true consistency — and not quite what you seek — pinpointing the best performances at the halfway mark is a particularly difficult task.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 327-pound offensive lineman running with the football was more exciting than Lamar Jackson.
Playoff Lamar showed up in the regular season.
If Jackson and the rest of Baltimore’s offense don’t figure out how to beat cover zero defensive schemes, the Ravens won’t have to wait until the playoffs to flop.
First-place teams had a rough Sunday.
Dak Prescott returned to the lineup for Dallas (6-2) and the Cowboys didn’t score until Denver led 30-0 in the fourth quarter on the road.
Josh Allen had three turnovers and the Buffalo Bills (5-3) showed no discipline in an embarrassing 9-6 loss at woeful Jacksonville.
Sean Payton receives loud plaudits for guiding his team, with a third-string quarterback, to victory over powerful Tampa Bay.
Mike McCarthy is lambasted for poor clock management.
Matt LaFleur draws praise when his Packers, minus their top two receivers (but still with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback) and defensive coordinator, travel to Arizona and knock off the then-unbeaten Cardinals.
Calvin Ridley and Lane Johnson are speaking up in their fight against an opponent tougher than anyone or anything they’ve ever battled on a football field.
On a day Ridley said he’s stepping away from the Atlanta Falcons to deal with mental health issues, Johnson opened up about his struggles with anxiety that caused him to miss three games for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rookie head coaches usually inherit losing teams and are tasked with quickly building a winning culture in the NFL.
If they don’t get it done fast enough, it’s onto the next coach.
There’s no patience in sports, but judging guys before the midpoint of their first season is unfair.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady’s latest milestone is another untouchable one.
Brady became the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes and then tacked on two more in Tampa Bay’s 38-3 rout over Chicago on Sunday.
While it's too early to write off any NFL team's season — oh wait, we forgot about Detroit, Houston, Miami, Jacksonville and the rotten Big Apple — there is plenty of angst spread across the lower ends of the standings.
Six weeks into the NFL season and each conference has only six teams with a winning record.
A league that prides itself on parity is loaded with mediocre and poor teams.
Five clubs have one win, the Lions are winless and four division races are all but over, barring major injuries to the first-place teams.
Nobody's working 9 to 5 in the NFL. In fact, overtime has become practically imminent.
Through the first five weeks of the schedule there were eight games that went into an extra period, at least one every week.
Special teams were downright ugly Sunday.
Mason Crosby and Evan McPherson missed five field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime before Crosby finally connected to give Green Bay a win over Cincinnati.
The NFL schedule isn't even a quarter complete, thanks to the expansion of the season to 17 games. Already, though, there's all sorts of chatter — some of it actually reasoned — about what's ahead. And what's occurred.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andy Reid kicked off Homecoming Sunday with a record-setting win in Philadelphia, and Tom Brady finished it with one of his own against Bill Belichick in New England.
Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in rushing. The Kansas City Chiefs turned the ball over on their first three possessions.
No surprise, both 2020 NFL conference champions lost Sunday.
Three weeks into this season and inconsistency has become the norm, even for some of the league’s top contenders.
Stop the taunting already.
That's not just meant for NFL players. The overreaction on social media and among broadcast pundits to the NFL's point of emphasis on the topic has been, well, as nasty as some of the deeds and comments on the field.
Judging NFL teams after one game has always been foolish. It’s even more absurd in a 17-game season.
The Bills, Titans, Ravens, Browns, Bears and Washington lost their season openers after making the playoffs last season.
So it's the day after an NFL game. Or the day before. Or the morning of.
And there are the coaches, reminding players about how damaging giveaways can be and how rewarding takeaways are. Call it the Turnover Topic.
How difficult is achieving a successful debut in the NFL? Ask Urban Meyer and Arthur Smith, new head coaches whose teams looked as if they were still in spring workouts.
Putting together the NFL schedule might be as complex as space travel. All 32 teams have preferences, there are stadium and city issues to deal with, bye weeks to consider and, most importantly, attempting to avoid competitive imbalances.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — As COVID-19 and Delta variant positives increase across America, the NFL kicks off its first preseason since 2019 expecting the usual crowds.
The numbers in the nation are of concern to some, staggeringly disappointing to others, and ignored by many.
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to have a better chance to win a Super Bowl this season somewhere other than Green Bay.
The Packers weren’t going to contend for a Super Bowl without Rodgers running the offense.
Saying the NFL is America's most popular sport isn't exactly brainiac territory. Arguing that it also dealt most successfully with the dangers and restrictions caused by COVID-19 should be just as obvious.
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Three AFC East teams won in Week 15 — yes, even the Jets. The one defeat, by the Patriots, was historic.
For the first time since the 2008 season, New England will not make the playoffs, nor win the division.
There's more than the X's and O's to consider when hiring a new head coach in the NFL.
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Oh, the drama.
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