FMIA: Reality Not So Nice For Patriots As Rob Gronkowski, Best Tight End of His Era, Walks Away From Football

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Rob Gronkowski’s retirement was the talk of the annual NFL Meetings in Phoenix on Sunday. Writing from the Arizona Biltmore lobby, Peter King begins his Football Morning in America column with a look back on Gronk’s career and how the Patriots are impacted by his retirement. Plus:

• The pass-interference replay solutions under discussion in Arizona, and the likelihood of any of them passing

• A Nobel Prize winner explains why the Raiders were the big winners in the Khalil Mack trade with the Bears.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the Colin Kaepernick settlement; Robert Kraft’s apology; fair play in overtime; the past decade for Chris Spielman; the quiet retirement of Malcolm Mitchell

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, three interesting pro days and my long-awaited season picks for baseball. [more]

FMIA: How The Odell Deal Got Done, and an NFL Free Agency Wet Blanket

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From start to finish, the Odell Beckham Jr. trade negotiations took half a day. In the latest edition of Football Morning in America, Peter King tells the tale of the quick talks between the Giants and Browns, and also covers:

• Why free agency is fool’s gold, and why expectations should be tempered for the Jets, Browns, Raiders and other “winners” in March.

• Items on all the biggest free-agent moves, from Earl Thomas heading to Baltimore to Le’veon Bell getting the payday he desired in New Jersey.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Tyreek Hill’s troubles; the Miami tanking question; the importance of Jabrill Peppers; Mike Mayock’s lessons learned; a defense of Ben Roethlisberger

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, a reader’s farewell to fantasy and a word about broadcast attire.
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FMIA: Looking Back at Antonio Brown Trade, Looking Ahead to Free Agency

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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]

FMIA: Kyler Murray, No. 1 Story at the Combine, And No. 1 Pick in the Draft?

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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]

FMIA: The Combine Names to Know and How NFL Might Handle Kraft

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The NFL Scouting Combine is this week in Indianapolis. If you’re woefully uninformed on the best draft prospects, storylines, sleepers and more, Peter King will catch you up in a can’t-miss combine primer, featuring the expertise of scouting gurus. King also tackles:

• The Robert Kraft sex-trafficking story, and how the NFL might handle discipline if the Patriots owner is found to be involved.

• A statistical look at NFL compensatory picks and how the rich keep getting richer.

• The logical and likely landing spots for Antonio Brown, whose stock keeps dropping.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Andrew Whitworth, Mel Kiper, Lincoln Riley, Nick Foles and Christian Hackenburg.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, teanerdness and the brutal realities of an 18-day bug. [more]

FMIA: Kyler Murray and One Coach’s Argument For Why The Small QB Will Have a Massive Impact in the NFL

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Kyler Murray is short, and there was a time when that fact would have impeded his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback. Peter King kicks off his Football Morning in America column with a look at why that logic no longer applies, as explained by someone with firsthand knowledge of how good Murray can be. King also tackles:

• The Colin Kaepernick-NFL settlement and the three things that influence our opinion of the case.

• An appreciation of Joe Flacco, who despite recent results still deserves to be remembered for one of the great playoff runs by a quarterback in history.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Greg Schiano, Adam Silver, Roger Goodell and my argument for why there is no such thing as too much coverage of the Patriots dynasty.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness and a fun opportunity for football fans in Indy to have a beer with me, Frank Reich and sports media members. [more]

FMIA: From His Hollywood Haven, Julian Edelman Reflects on LIII MVP, His Path and Being a Perfect Patriot

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Julian Edelman makes his offseason home in Hollywood, and on Saturday, the Patriots wide receiver welcomed a visitor: Peter King. He kicks off his Football Morning in America column with a long discussion with the Super Bowl LIII MVP about his NFL journey, and also tackles:

• Why the Patriots still might not be done winning Super Bowls. “We still got meat on the bone,” says Edelman, still not satisfied.

• The insanity of going from a crushing Super Bowl loss to your dream job in just a few hours. New Bengals coach Zac Taylor knows all about it.

• A can’t-miss documentary debuting this week, that dives deep into the football life of Nick Buoniconti.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on two teams in great position for the 2019 draft; the debut of the AAF; Antonio Brown trade buzz; early free agency fun.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and my geographically surprising vote for the best pizza in the world.
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FMIA: Ego-less Patriots Figure It Out In Time Vs. Rams in ‘throwback’ Super Bowl

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After a boring punt-fest for much of Super Bowl 53, the Patriots’ sixth title is now in the books. Peter King kicks off his Football Morning in America column from Atlanta with an inside look at how New England finally figured out the Rams and what it means for the Brady-Belichick dynasty, and also tackles:

• The Pro Football Hall of Fame … takeaways from inside the voting room, where defensive backs finally got their just due.

• The Super Bowl commercial that had everyone talking … the NFL, ironically, stole the advertising show with a two-minute ad featuring the game’s all-time and current greats, and we have the story of how it all happened.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Gil Brandt’s lifetime of football; the next steps in changing NFL officiating; handicapping the NFL 2019 opening game; players of the week; and more.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, tweets, the adieu haiku and a nice gesture from the NFL that didn’t go unnoticed in the press box. [more]

FMIA—Driving The 101 With Sean McVay: On Texting Belichick, Trusting Goff and the Plan for Super Bowl 53

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Sean McVay walked out of his house at 4:10 a.m. on Saturday and someone was there waiting for him in the dark. Now, before you alert the cops, know that the visitor was Peter King, and he kicks off his Football Morning in America column with a ride to work with the youngest Super Bowl coach ever. Also in the column:

• Bill Belichick and McVay are texting buddies … that’s among the things we learn during a pre-dawn drive down the 101 ahead of Super Bowl 53.

• Roger Goodell is still silent … the disappearing commissioner has not said anything regarding the officiating debacle in the NFC title game, and we look at a number of the ways the league is mishandling things.

• Progress on head trauma … lost in a week of news was the announcement that player concussions were way down in 2018. Was it an outlier or sign of better things to come?

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Benjamin Watson’s retirement; an independent official’s look at controversial calls; Tony Dungy’s playing career; Senior Bowl activity; Hall of Fame voting buzz; and more.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and a dumb conspiracy theory regarding the Rams-Saints pass interference non-call.
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FMIA: Amazing, crazy games lead to Rams-Patriots Super Bowl; Tom Brady: ‘We’ll Remember This Forever’

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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]

FMIA Divisional Weekend: Doobie Pump and a Big Piece of Cheese—How the Saints Saved Their Season

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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]

FMIA Wild-Card Weekend: Double-Doink Misses, Grass-Green Stains and One Golden Grab

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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]

FMIA Week 17: Ravens, Eagles, Colts Crash Playoffs; Black Monday Begins

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The NFL playoffs are set and all it took was a frantic 20-minute flurry of action to get most of it settled. Peter King kicks off Week 17 of his Football Morning in America column with a look at the wild finishes to Sunday’s games, plus…

• A wild-card weekend preview … a quick breakdown for each of the four matchups—Colts-Texans; Seahawks-Cowboys; Chargers-Ravens; Eagles-Bears.

• Black Monday has begun … a team-by-team look at who’s been fired, who’s still waiting and which coaches could be next in line for jobs.

• The envelope please … picks for all the major individual awards, including MVP, rookies of the year, coach of the year and more.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Kyle Williams’ last game; notable games in 2019; Kyler Murray’s pro football prospects; the Week 17 awards; what Matt Millen has learned after a week with his new heart.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness, a new-ish TV show to watch and a word about Notre Dame and the college football farce.
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FMIA Week 16: NFL Playoff Scenarios, Picks and Millen’s Holiday Prayer

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The NFL regular season’s penultimate week saw some surprises, setting up a furious finish next Sunday. Peter King kicks off Week 16 of his Football Morning in America column with a look at all the playoff possibilities, plus…

• A Christmas Eve miracle for Matt Millen … the football stalwart is finally having a heart transplant after a lengthy wait.

• Predictions for Week 17 … After laying out all the final-week scenarios, a look at how the 1 through 6 seeds in both conferences could shake out.

• The coaching carousel is spinning … What the John Harbaugh news out of Baltimore means and why as many as 10 jobs could be open after the season ends.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Nick Foles’ magical performance; Demario Davis’ really good deed; the explosion of versatile backs; Frank Gore’s final ride; a memorable 60th anniversary; the Week 16 awards; the MVP race with one week left.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, a Monday night prediction and the redemption of sitting for photos with Santa Claus. [more]

FMIA Week 15: Nick Foles Can’t Nap, And The Eagles Have Re-Awakened

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Carson Wentz is out, Nick Foles is in and the Eagles are thriving in the underdog role. Wait, is it 2017 again? Peter King kicks off Week 15 of his Football Morning in America column with Philly’s surprising upset of the Rams and also tackles:

• The shotgun marriage in Cleveland … and why Baker Mayfield and Freddie Kitchens have the Browns offense humming.

• The falling sky in New England … the Patriots lost again, this time to Pittsburgh and with Tom Brady making some un-Brady-like throws. Time for Bill Belichick and Co. to worry?

• The NFC North title is back in Chicago … and coach Matt Nagy looks back on how his long journey to the job helped prepare him for the moment.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on J.J. Watt’s comeback season; Derrick Henry’s huge week; the Colts’ shutout of the Cowboys; Joe Flacco’s next landing spot; Jaylen Samuels; the Week 15 awards; and a tight race for MVP.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, a Monday night prediction and the travel schedule for the parents of Derek, T.J., and J.J. Watt. [more]