The training camp tour rolled on, with stops in Jacksonville, Tampa, Indy and other spots. But Peter King leads his Football Morning in America column with the sudden passing of his good friend Don Banks, a beloved NFL writer whose death in Canton has crushed the pro football community. [more]
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The training camp tour is officially in full swing, with recent stops including the Jets, Ravens and Eagles. In his Football Morning in America column, King begins with a rejuvenated and realistic Cam Newton in Carolina. Also in the column:
• Carson Wentz has been handed the keys to the kingdom, according to coach Doug Pederson. What will the quarterback do with that responsibility remains to be seen.
• Checking in on the Ravens, who have undergone major turnover on both sides of the ball and also continue to embrace an analytical approach to the game.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the Ezekiel Elliot’s holdout; suspensions of Golden Tate and Taylor Lewan; the new Football Outsiders Almanac; the expanded Hall of Fame class in 2020.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness and tales from the tour, including why television has to be avoided like the plague. [more]
Peter King is on vacation until July 15, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his spot writing Football Morning in America. Today, it’s Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast. He writes about:
• A week in the life of SNF, from production meetings to dinners with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to football secrets passed along by John Madden.
• The one camera innovation football fans can expect to see more, starting this fall.
• The six best games Gaudelli has seen over the past 30 years from his perch in a television production truck.
• Too late for these innovative ideas for Barry Sanders and Dennis Miller, but they’re fun to dream about.
• Plus 10 Things I Think, a few words about beer and the true story of how internet limbo music made it to NBC air. [more]
The NFL is in a good place, but it certainly could be better. In his Football Morning in America column, Peter King polls 25 smart NFL people—from media to players to coaches and beyond—for their ideas on how to improve the game. Also in the column:
• Chris Long opens up about why he’s retiring after 11 seasons, and the lessons he learned along the way.
• The one factor that gives New England the ultimate advantage over its perennially flailing counterparts in the AFC East.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Mike Maccagnan’s firing and the Jets mess;.the reason Dallas might slip in 2019; what Scott Pioli will be remembered for in Atlanta.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and an opportunity for a reader to guest-write a column while Peter King’s away on summer vacation. [more]
The hay is almost in the barn on the NFL offseason, with the draft over and most meaningful free agents in new homes. In his Football Morning in America column, Peter King takes the opportunity to restore order as we head into summer, ranking the teams 1 through 32. Also in the column:
• A surprise team in the Top 3, and why a free-agent pass rusher could be the most impactful player in the AFC South next fall.
• An even bigger surprise in the Top 7, and why a quarterback with just 10 career starts could determine the front-office fates for so many.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the Dak Prescott contract extension talks in Dallas; a logical guess on the Hard Knocks team; how Tom Brady stacks up against older Hall of Famers; the definition of a good deed in Indy and Chicago.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, winenerdness, a travel note and an opportunity to corner Peter King and tell him exactly how you feel about his rankings. [more]
Where do you start after three news-packed days of the 2019 NFL Draft? Peter King begins his Football Morning in America column in Oakland … and Phoenix … and Denver … and New Jersey … and, well, let’s just get to the bullet points:
• Tension in the Raiders draft room! A look at the moment that made Mike Mayock briefly panic and Jon Gruden nearly lose it, before all the dots connected.
• In Giant-land … the agonizing decision that Dave Gettleman made, and why he made it, as explained by the general manager aka public enemy No. 1 among Giants fans.
• In Arizona … Kliff Kingsbury comes clean about the done deal quote—”People just make sh– up,” he says—and Steve Keim explains why his visualizations led him to risk his career to pick Kyler Murray.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on why Elway picked a quarterback; the similarities between Eli Manning and Daniel Jones; Marshawn Lynch’s HOF chances; why Tyreek Hill must go, now.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, teanerdness, beernerdness and the jolting request by my airplane seat neighbor en route to Denver. [more]
With the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select … . That’s where Peter King begins his Football Morning in America column, with his first—and only—mock draft of the year. He also covers:
• Four first-round trades are projected in the mock draft, including one involving a Seattle veteran going to an AFC contender.
• The future for Josh Rosen, and what teams should take a chance on the QB-in-limbo if the Cardinals end up drafting Kyler Murray.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the NFL’s release of the 2019 schedule; Bill Belichick’s standing among all-time coaches; Oakland’s draft room strategy; the next big QB contract.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, travel note and the perks of getting a draft invite to Nashville.
There is “no chalk” in the first round, says one NFL draft authority, and that’s where Peter King begins his Football Morning in America column— with a non-mock draft look at what every team should be thinking at picks 1-32. Plus:
• The NFL’s growing zebra problem, and why there is no easy answer to stop the flood of referees who are walking away from the game. (Plus an informative look at how much refs are paid.)
• The market for Josh Rosen, and the four teams most likely to land the current Cardinals quarterback via a trade. Some condo shopping in Northern Virginia might be in Rosen’s future.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the fallout of Bleacher Report’s Aaron Rodgers-Mike McCarthy story; the short life and fast demise of the AAF; DeMarcus Lawrence’s new contract; a smart NFL observer’s take on OT rules.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and why Alabama and Buffalo are a bad mix.
It was a busy week, and an even busier weekend, culminating in the Steelers sending Antonio Brown to the Raiders as the start of free agency looms this week. In the latest edition of Football Morning in America, Peter King tackles all the trade tributaries and also covers:
• All the free agency rumors and possibilities, including Le’Veon Bell to the Jets; the most underrated players on the market; and why the smart money could be better left in teams’ pockets this month.
• A pro day preview of Kyler Murray, who will perform for pro scouts in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on a football legend turning 99; one of the coolest contracts in NFL history; why the NFL should leave the combine in Indianapolis.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, the T-shirt of the week and reflections on my daughter Mary Beth’s weekend wedding in Seattle. [more]
At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, talk all weekend centered on one prospect—Kyler Murray, who could very well end up becoming the No. 1 pick in the draft. In this week’s Football Morning in America column, Peter King begins with the latest on Murray and also tackles:
• A hodgepodge of notes from the combine, including items on the best quarterbacks in Indy, the unbelievable speed from defensive prospects and more
• The Antonio Brown situation, and why Oakland might be the best landing spot for Pittsburgh’s talented but temperamental wide receiver.
• Why the trade market for Josh Rosen—should Arizona decide to ditch the second-year QB—would be robust.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the sad saga of Jason Witten; Rob Gronkowski’s retirement odds; Nick Foles’ next stop; prime-time buzz for combine.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and the one glaring pockmark on the otherwise fabulous city of Indianapolis. [more]
Brett Veach was right to worry about Patrick Mahomes playing basketball. Or, at a minimum, Veach has a reason to tell himself he was. A four-star linebacker who has committed to Clemson suffered an apparent ACL tear while playing high-school basketball, via CFT. Bryson Constantin landed on his knee and felt a pop while playing [more]
When studying whether its rule changes have worked, the Competition Committee doesn’t only look at statistics from the NFL. It also studies findings at other levels of football, believing the NFL sets the example. Thus, a recent story by the National Federation of State High School Associations caught the eye of Competition Committee members, according [more]
A zebra-made heartbreak for the Saints. A Brady-made heartbreak for the Chiefs. From Kansas City, Peter King kicks off his latest Football Morning in America column by pulling up a stool next to Tom Brady’s locker and chatting with the nine-time Super Bowl participant, and also tackles:
• The call booed ’round New Orleans … the Rams are Super Bowl bound, thanks in part to a missed pass interference.
• The tale of the missing plays … a handful of New England’s play calls Sunday—including one crucial throw in overtime—were not in the game plan.
• The coaching hires … Freddie Kitchens and Adam Game talk about the challenges ahead in Cleveland and New York, respectively.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Byron Leftwich’s newfound pressure; the secret stars of the Patriots win; how Saints fans really felt about the officiating; the weekly awards; and more.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and a look back at that Super Bowl 53 prediction from back in September. [more]
And then there were four. Divisional weekend is done and the stage is set for an epic Championship Sunday. From New Orleans, Peter King kicks off his latest Football Morning in America column with a look at how it all went down, plus…
• How the Saints saved their season … with a big piece of cheese? Let Drew Brees and Michael Thomas explain.
• A preview of the conference title games … a quick breakdown for each of the matchups—Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs—and a look at the storylines that will dominate the week.
• John Elway looks back … and shares what he’s learned after eight (?!) seasons as the Broncos president and general manager.
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the All-Pro team and season awards; C.J. Anderson’s out-of-nowhere run; the nobility of the Eagles; Kyler Murray’s big decision; the Doug Pederson effect; and more.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, the NFL’s most under-appreciated receiver and the increasingly odd connection between Atlanta and Tampa Bay. [more]
Wild-Card Weekend had a little bit of everything, from Big Nick to a missed kick and so much more in between. Peter King kicks off his latest Football Morning in America column with a look at the Golden Grab in Chicago, plus…
• The Chargers Changeup … how a defensive gamble paid off handsomely for Los Angeles, and why Philip Rivers’ grass-green uniform said it all about the aging but still vibrant quarterback.
• A divisional weekend preview … a quick breakdown for each of the four matchups—Colts-Chiefs; Cowboys-Rams; Chargers-Patriots; Eagles-Saints.
• Patrick Mahomes goes no look—again … a must-see video of the Chiefs quarterback showing exactly how he pulls off the impossible pass.
• The Antonio Brown situation … an explanation for leaving the star wide receiver off the all-pro ballot, and what could be next for the Steelers and Brown
• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the Colts offensive line; Ezekiel Elliott’s monster game; the wild-card awards; a young Colt on what he’s learned; Hall of Fame voting.
• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness, the wonders of East Coast train travel and three questions with football’s ultimate Swiss Army knife. [more]