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    Brian Flores is the Vikings' new defensive coordinator. The team finalized a deal with the former Dolphins head coach on Monday. Flores, who worked as the Steelers' assistant head coach and linebackers coach in 2022, had emerged as one of the Vikings' top two choices with former Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero. The Broncos permitted Evero to talk to other teams on Saturday, and the ...

      Today is Truck Day at Truist Park. For the longest time, it was just truck day, no capital letters. The Braves would load an equipment van and their highest-salaried player would drive it to Florida for the start of spring training, even though the actual first day of spring was a ways away. That part about the highest-salaried Brave being the wheelman? I made it up. Though Greg Maddux and his ...

        Some mystery surrounds new Falcons defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen. After all, he worked behind the scenes in New Orleans since 2017. As a co-defensive coordinator last year, he never called plays. All that was truly known to outsiders was that he trained one of the NFL’s most ferocious defensive lines. One more thing that’s not a mystery: He can command a room. Nielsen was charismatic and ...

          About 28 years before he became the Carolina Panthers’ head coach, Frank Reich was part of a rambunctious Panthers team that was doing everything for the first time. That 1995 Panthers team — the first in Carolina history — was loaded with characters, commoners and cast-offs. Everyone was from somewhere else. Most had been told “No” by at least one NFL team. “When that 1995 team first got ...

            PHOENIX — Ndamukong Suh sings softly of the multitudes he contains. “I have a lot of different dimensions,” he said one day in the Eagles’ locker room, on a rare occasion when he was in the Eagles’ locker room at the same time that media members were. A University of Nebraska alumnus, he calls Warren Buffett a friend. A Portland native and Nike endorser, he trains daily each offseason at the ...

              Nick Sirianni stood on pressbox furniture at Arrowhead Stadium and celebrated like no one was watching. The Eagles coach was a quality control assistant for the San Diego Chargers at the time, and the sting of Andy Reid letting him go the year before was still fresh enough for the 2013 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs to mean something extra for him. So in the aftermath of the Chargers’ ...

              Sean Payton’s got a long to-do list as he gets settled into his new Denver digs. He’ll have to get his UC Health Center key card and the human resources paperwork figured out and probably check the team store for a Broncos visor, too. Once all of that important stuff is out of the way, he can turn his attention to minor details like figuring out a coaching staff, working on what 17 prospective ...

              The rush for the title of best Super Bowl commercial already has begun, and early signs point to a banner year for banality, middle-aged TV celebrities and, of course, animals doing wacky things. Forget Patrick Mahomes versus Jalen Hurts. According to Vulture.com, a website I always turn to for the latest pop culture news until I’ve reached my limit of free articles, informs us that on Super ...

              Kansas City owner Clark Hunt and Philadelphia owner Jeffrey Lurie are seeing sustained success. Hunt hired head coach Andy Reid after Reid had been fired by Lurie in Philly. Reid has helped the Chiefs to seven straight AFC West titles, four conference titles and one Super Bowl win. They have a chance at a second next Sunday against the Eagles.

              Kirk Cousins threw three touchdowns passes Sunday to rally the NFC to a 35-33 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl Games and end that conference’s five-game losing streak. Cousins completed 15 of 19 passes for 150 yards in the third and final flag football game of the NFL’s reformatted all-star game.

              PHILADELPHIA — Trey Burton threw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl nine months earlier, seemingly making him the best option on the Chicago Bears to run a similar trick play midway through the 2018 season. The coaching staff introduced the formation — which closely resembled the “Philly Special” — and assigned Burton to handle the same role he did for the Eagles. A running back would take the ...

              Jason and Travis Kelce will make NFL history on Feb. 12 when they become the first brothers to play against each other in the Super Bowl. That will be both terrific and tormenting for their families, who will try to walk that narrow line and not cheer for one player over the other. Although this situation is unprecedented, some of the most famous football families understand. They too have ...

              The conference championship games are over and the countdown to Super Bowl LVII begins. Super Bowl LVII will be played at 3:30 p.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 12. It will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the home of the Arizona Cardinals. Here's everything you need to know about the game. Who will be playing in the Super Bowl? — The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Kansas City ...

              DENVER — On his best remaining days as a pro quarterback, Russell Wilson will never be as good as Patrick Mahomes, the best on the planet at his craft. But after losing 15 consecutive games to Kansas City, the Broncos now have a fighting chance against the Chiefs because coach Sean Payton can out-scheme and outsmart Andy Reid on any given NFL Sunday. This is my list of the top five NFL ...

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              PHILADELPHIA — If Lane Johnson is the Eagles’ best offensive player, and if Jalen Hurts is their most important, and if A.J. Brown is their most exciting, what does that make Dallas Goedert? The X-factor. The Eagles have not lost a game this season that Hurts and Goedert have both started and finished. Say what you like about Johnson, the all-world right tackle, and Brown, the Birds’ best ...

              LAS VEGAS — Josh Jacobs, who led the NFL in rushing yards this season, said he expects to begin speaking with Las Vegas Raiders management next week about a possible new contract.

              The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to their third Super Bowl in four years. So is their quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. It might sound easy to have such sustained success when there's an All-Pro under center. But the massive contract that Kansas City gave Mahomes, which might still be a bargain, made it challenging to fill out the roster around him. 

              The NFL has stopped pretending its all-star game was an actual game. The latest iteration of the Pro Bowl won't have tackle football game but instead flag football. A series of events that accumulates three points each leads up to three flag football contests. The AFC took a 9-3 lead Thursday by winning the precision passing competition, the three-event lightning round and the long drive. The NFC won in dodgeball.

              PHILADELPHIA — A few days after the Eagles clinched the NFC’s No. 1 seed in the regular-season finale, rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis was interrupted from his sleep during the early morning hours. He received a bevy of notifications, including text messages from former Georgia teammate and fellow Eagles rookie Nakobe Dean. “Did you see the news?” Dean urgently typed, “Did you hear about ...

              KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Patrick Mahomes settled in the pocket of a shotgun formation, he looked to his right, eyes briefly locking on wide receivers Marcus Kemp and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He followed with an even quicker look to his left, spotting tight ends Noah Gray and Jody Fortson stationary on the end of the line of scrimmage. Eighteen games into the season, the quartet had combined for ...

              The Philadelphia Eagles are trying to win their second Super Bowl in franchise history. They went 14-3 this season largely on the play of quarterback Jalen Hurts. He is a finalist for AP NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and tied a franchise record with 33 total touchdowns. Hurts is only 24 and could be rewarded with a new contract in the offseason. His only focus now is beating the Kansas City Chiefs next week in the Super Bowl.

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