| Jan 25, 2015
| 4:00 AM
On a cloudless, gentle Sunday afternoon in America's newest football palace, fans gathered on a patio behind the San Francisco 49ers bench to compare jewelry and sip margaritas.
Ten yards away, helmets collided with a sickening thwack and a giant body...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 4:46 PM
Football pumps will cringe in fear. Ragged hoodies will run and hide. "Cheaters" can start making plans for an Emmy.
I hate writing this as much as I hate Tom Brady's smug grin under that silly ski cap, but I have no choice.
Super Bowl XLIX —...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 6:08 AM
Ryan Pace hit the ground asking questions as general manager, trying to get a sense for how Todd Bowles would fit as the next coach of the Bears.
Thirty minutes into his position as head man of all football operations at Halas Hall, Pace walked into the...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 5:41 PM
Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi. Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll. Joe Montana and Bill Walsh.
Great quarterbacks make great coaches.
Or maybe it's the other way around.
Regardless, stroll through the busts in Canton and, with few exceptions, the NFL's...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 6:08 PM
The NFL's Commissioner is determined to shut down the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
That's not Roger Goodell, who officially holds the title, but Seattle safety Kam Chancellor, who earned that nickname among the Seahawks for his ability to...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 6:02 AM
MOBILE, Ala. — As the Bears work to fill out John Fox's coaching staff and review personnel there is also the task of preparing for the NFL draft, the lifeblood of any organization, especially one in a rebuilding phase.
Fox and new general manager...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 5:09 PM
A year after joining one ultra-exclusive coaching fraternity, Seattle's Pete Carroll is one victory away from joining another.
Carroll, who last February became the third coach to win both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship, now...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 8:40 PM
— Face down on the turf, Tony Romo pounded his hands into the ground like a petulant child.
Frustrated by a season-ending failure? Far from it. The quarterback was celebrating after giving the Dallas Cowboys the lead in a comeback victory....
| Jan 3, 2015
| 7:06 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you believe in the idea that defense travels, you can't discount the .500 Panthers in the postseason.
Ron Rivera's swarming Panthers defense set an NFL playoff record in a 27-16 wild-card round victory Saturday at Bank of...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 4:38 PM
Marshawn Lynch hasn't said much of anything this week, but by Sunday night, when the confetti has settled on Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle running back will have made a significant statement.
That's what his grandfather thinks, at least.
"I think he'...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 11:10 PM
The Seahawks have been tough at the end of the season and even tougher at the end of games.
The defending Super Bowl champions, who sputtered earlier this season, have won their last six games and haven't allowed a fourth-quarter point during that...