FMIA Week 2: No Way Oweh! Rookie Helps Ravens Burn Chiefs And More Moments That Defined NFL Sunday

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After enduring a horrible loss last Monday in Las Vegas, and landing in Baltimore at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and adjusting to more devastating injuries, and having a short week of prep for the toughest team on the schedule, and taking a 36-35 lead late in the Sunday night game against mighty Kansas City, the Ravens [more]

FMIA Week 1: Cheese, Decisions And Dreams—Jameis Winston Gets The ‘W’ In Saints’ Statement Rout Of Pack

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In many ways, Sunday was the biggest game of Jameis Winston’s athletic career. At 27, he has plenty of NFL life left, but only if he cuts out the turnovers that were so ruinous in his five Tampa seasons. He didn’t try to make the day too big, but three hours before the Saints played [more]

FMIA: Sorry, Bucs and Chiefs. Here’s Why Super Bowl Will Be Rams-Bills, And More Predictions For NFL 2021

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Quarterbacks and Covid. That’s what I found myself thinking about trying to pick the Super Bowl LVI participants. First a word about Covid, which you’re all tired of hearing about, I’m sure. I am too. But one coach of a playoff contender told me after dismissing his players for a long weekend—most teams are returning [more]

FMIA: Baltimore Is Built To Last, But Reality Hits Hard After Injury; Camp Snapshots After One Month On Road

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — When you report at NFL training camps, interviewing people is often a balancing act, with 80 or so players and all the coaches coming off the field at nearly the same time. Last Monday morning around 11:15, the Ravens’ PR staff and I had a four-man weave going as the team [more]

FMIA: Nineteen Minutes With Tom Brady—On The Blame Game, The Bucs And Trying To Go Back To Back

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TAMPA, Fla. — The story about the Bucs this summer is whether they can be the first NFL team in 16 years to win consecutive Super Bowls. The quarterback back then, for Super Bowls 38 and 39, was Tom Brady. The quarterback trying to win a second straight title now, almost a generation later, sweating [more]

FMIA: ‘Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid’ — Aaron Rodgers Takes Zen Approach At Packers Training Camp

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — One word to describe Aaron Rodgers right now, at this moment, at 37, after five months of tumult, entering a Packers season he had serious doubts that he’d be part of a month ago: Zen. You thought I might say blunt, or vindictive, or, if using a compound word, told-you-so. No. [more]

FMIA: Chiefs’ model with Patrick Mahomes sets NFL standard, plus Training Camp Tour observations

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo.—Patrick Mahomes, with a throbbing turf toe on his left foot and assorted bruises from the beating he’d just taken from the Bucs, was dispirited walking off the field after the 31-9 Super Bowl loss six months ago. For the first time in 54 NFL starts, Mahomes hadn’t led his team to a [more]

FMIA: NFL Training Camp Tour Begins With Hugs In L.A., ‘Some Balls’ In San Francisco And A Mystery In Las Vegas

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IRVINE, Calif. — There was a telling moment in Rams practice Saturday, though barely perceptible. The best defensive player in football, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, walked up to Matthew Stafford, mid-practice, and hugged him. This is not done, a defensive player hugging the quarterback, during a competitive period of practice. But here it was, under [more]

FMIA: Finally, Football Is Back With Unprecedented Optimism In Buffalo, Cleveland; And All Eyes On Vaccines

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There are three teams, at least, in the NFL as of this morning that are in the upper 90s in percent of players vaccinated, with zero unvaccinated coaches and key team staff members. In this day and age, that seems incredible, to have maybe one to four holdouts on a 90-man roster, given where we [more]

FMIA Guest: Mike Tirico on Life at the Tokyo Olympics, Drew Brees’ New Chapter, 2021 NFL Storylines

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Peter King is on vacation until July 26, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his Monday spot on Football Morning in America. Today, it’s Mike Tirico, a veteran sportscaster who has 30 years of experience in front of the camera and has hosted some of sports’ biggest events from the Indianapolis 500 to [more]

FMIA Guest: Patrick Mahomes Leads Tribute To Late Writer Terez Paylor

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Peter King is on vacation until July 26, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his Monday spot on Football Morning in America. Today, Peter returns briefly to introduce a special column. Recently, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt surprised Terez Paylor’s parents and his fiancée with the news that the late sports journalist [more]

FMIA Guest: Michael Holley on Andrew Berry and the Forward-Looking Browns; 5 Draft Hits, Misses

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Peter King is on vacation until July 26, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his Monday spot on Football Morning in America. Today, it’s Michael Holley, a multimedia personality who has experience in daily newspapers, sports talk radio, books, and TV. Holley currently works as a cohost on Peacock’s “Brother From Another” and NBC [more]

FMIA Guest: Greg Cosell On The NFL Evolution Of X And O Film Study

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Peter King is on vacation until July 26, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his Monday spot on Football Morning in America. Today, it’s Greg Cosell, who has been with NFL Films for 42 years. He pioneered the concept of tactical X and O football on television with the NFL Matchup show, now beginning [more]

FMIA Guest: Will Leitch On How Lucky We Are To Have Sports Again

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Peter King is on vacation until July 26, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his Monday spot on Football Morning in America. Will Leitch is the author of How Lucky, a new novel from HarperCollins that Stephen King called “fantastic” and was recently selected as one of the Best 20 Books Of The Year [more]

FMIA Guest: Bucs WR Chris Godwin On Gratitude, The Real Tom Brady And Going For A Super Bowl Repeat

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Peter King is on vacation until July 26, and he lined up some guest writers to fill his Monday spot on Football Morning in America. Today, it’s Chris Godwin, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver entering his fifth NFL season. Godwin, 25, was a third-round pick out of Penn State in 2017. By Chris Godwin When I [more]