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Chiefs' offensive linemen 'handled business' against Eagles' vaunted defensive front after week of doubts
Feb 13, 2023
Jim Trotter says Kansas City's offensive line was largely responsible for the Chiefs scoring 24 points over their final four possessions -- including a field goal in the game's final seconds that gave the franchise its second championship in four seasons.
Super Bowl LVII's Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts chasing greatness while honoring past Black QBs
Feb 09, 2023
What are the biggest motivating factors for Super Bowl LVII quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes? Jim Trotter dives deep into the psychology of chasing greatness and honoring trailblazing black QBs like Doug Williams.
Quarterback injuries finally catch up with 49ers in NFC title game loss to Eagles
Jan 29, 2023
The 49ers escaped injuries to their quarterbacks twice during the regular season but finally ran out of answers in a loss to the Eagles in the NFC title game. Jim Trotter chronicles the team's gut-wrenching postseason exit.
NFL extends partnership with Players Coalition by committing an additional $15 million over five years
Jan 26, 2023
Seeking to build on positive gains they have made in the fight to combat racial and social injustice, the NFL and the Players Coalition have agreed to extend their partnership by an additional five years and $15 million in grants, Jim Trotter reports.
Niners' depth, talent shine as they defeat Cowboys despite not playing 'best game'
Jan 23, 2023
Niners LB Fred Warner admitted his squad didn't play its "best game" on Sunday. Being able to get the better of a top-notch opponent anyway certainly bodes well for San Francisco's chances against the Eagles next week, NFL.com's Jim Trotter writes.
Aaron Rodgers needs to 'get away and contemplate those things' before making decision about 2023
Jan 09, 2023
As a four-time league MVP and Super Bowl champion, Aaron Rodgers' place in NFL history is etched in stone. But when it comes to the QB's future, and whether or not he will return to the Packers for a 19th season, Jim Trotter says there's far less clarity.
Buccaneers serve notice they should not be overlooked in Super Bowl hunt
Jan 01, 2023
After months of ups and downs, are the Buccaneers hitting their stride just in time to make a playoff run? Jim Trotter says a division-clinching victory over the Panthers served as a reminder that Tampa Bay should not be overlooked.
Who will win wide-open NFC South race? Making a case for still-alive Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Bucs
Dec 18, 2022
The NFC South is the NFL's lone division where all four teams are still alive in the race for first place. Jim Trotter states the case for each contender and offers his prediction for who will end up with the crown.
Detroit Lions firmly in playoff race with Dan Campbell, Jared Goff helping to propel turnaround
Dec 12, 2022
What's been the key to the Lions' reversal of fortune in 2022? Coach Dan Campbell, quarterback Jared Goff and safety DeShon Elliott provide Jim Trotter with insight into one of the NFL's most stunning turnarounds.
With defense shining in win over Miami, 49ers pivot from injured QB Jimmy Garoppolo to Brock Purdy
Dec 05, 2022
The 49ers came away from Sunday with a win over the Dolphins led by a dominant defense, but they lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the season. Jim Trotter examines the performance and what lies ahead for the team with rookie Brock Purdy in as the new QB1.
Trust tiers for the eight NFL division leaders entering Week 13: A lot for Chiefs; none for Bucs
Nov 27, 2022
Which division leaders do you have the most confidence in entering the final six weeks of the 2022 NFL regular season? Jim Trotter reveals his level of trust in each of the eight squads, whether it's a lot, a little or not at all.
Thirty-five years later, Bo Jackson's iconic 91-yard tunnel run remains vivid memory for those who were there
Nov 23, 2022
Thirty-five years ago, Bo Jackson took a handoff on a play from the Raiders' 9-yard line. What happened over the next 91 yards -- and beyond -- continues to live in the memories of those who witnessed it up close.
Six things I know or think I know so far in 2022 NFL season: Jets in trouble; Vikings will rebound
Nov 20, 2022
Are the Jets set to fizzle out after a promising start? Will the Vikings bounce back from their blowout loss to the Cowboys? Jim Trotter highlights three things he thinks he knows and three things he knows he knows so far in the 2022 NFL season.
Jeff Saturday brings passion back to Matt Ryan, Colts in debut as interim coach
Nov 14, 2022
After weeks of mounting turbulence and losses, the Colts' fortunes reversed on Sunday under interim coach Jeff Saturday. Jim Trotter provides an inside look at the decision to turn back to Matt Ryan and why Saturday was willing to accept the job.
Script flips from agony to ecstasy for Chargers in triumph over Falcons
Nov 06, 2022
A wild play helped flip the script from agony to ecstasy for the Chargers in their victory over the Falcons on Sunday. Reporting from Atlanta, Jim Trotter says there's no overstating the significance of the comeback win.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs providing unexpected identity to Josh McDaniels' offense
Oct 28, 2022
The expectation coming into the season was that the Raiders' offense would revolve around a talented passing game. Now in Week 8, running back Josh Jacobs has given Josh McDaniels' unit an unexpected identity, Jim Trotter writes.
Optimistic Raiders poised for potential midseason run with 'best football' in front of them
Oct 21, 2022
Following a disappointing 1-4 start to the season, the Raiders are optimistic coming out of the bye week -- and for good reason. After spending time with coaches and players at the facility this week, Jim Trotter thinks Las Vegas is about to go on a run.
With unbeaten record intact, HC Nick Sirianni says Eagles still challenging themselves to get better
Oct 17, 2022
After the Eagles squashed a comeback attempt from the NFC East rival Cowboys on Sunday night, head coach Nick Sirianni praised Philadelphia's resolve under pressure and emphasized the need for the team to continue to work together in order to stay on top.
Cowboys QB controversy? Selecting between healthy Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush an easy choice
Oct 10, 2022
Cooper Rush has led the Cowboys to four straight wins with Dak Prescott sidelined due to injury, but Jim Trotter says there's a clear answer when it comes to whether a QB controversy has developed in Dallas.
Broncos take the ball out of Russell Wilson's hands as Geno Smith earns Seahawks-style win
Sep 13, 2022
Although Russell Wilson expressed support for trying a 64-yard game-winner on the foot of Brandon McManus, the decision by new Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett took the ball out of the Pro Bowl QB's hands in the biggest moment of his return to face the Seahawks. Jim Trotter reports from Seattle.
Taking on Tom Brady: NFL defenders, coaches share what it's like to face the G.O.A.T.
Sep 01, 2022
What is it like to square off against one of the best players in NFL history? Defensive players and coaches talk to Jim Trotter about the experience of taking on Tom Brady -- and what it means to know they'll have one more chance against the G.O.A.T. in 2022.
First-year head coach Kevin O'Connell building Vikings' culture via easy authenticity, strong acuity
Aug 23, 2022
New Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell exudes a calm demeanor that belies his 37-year-old greenness. Jim Trotter profiles a rising leader with easy authenticity and strong acuity. "One of the best people I've ever met," Josh McDaniels said. "It won't shock me if he has success and has success early."
Steelers' defense focused on revival in 2022 NFL season after falling far short of 'the standard'
Aug 12, 2022
Jim Trotter checks in from Steelers camp, where he finds a defense seeking redemption. T.J. Watt, Cam Heyward and coaches in new roles explain what is motivating them heading into the 2022 NFL season.
Cleveland Browns' defense giving itself 'no excuses' in 2022 after taking 2021 to jell
Aug 09, 2022
Can the Browns' defense live up to its potential after a year of incorporating new players like Greg Newsome II? Jim Trotter takes stock of a unit determined to hold itself to a high standard in 2022.
Terry McLaurin, Deebo Samuel among seven NFL players who deserve a raise RIGHT NOW
Jun 13, 2022
We've seen plenty of mega deals handed out this offseason, but certain players remain underpaid. Jim Trotter spotlights seven veterans who deserve a significant raise RIGHT NOW, including a pair of dynamic wide receivers.
2022 NFL season: Three teams ready to make playoff run after missing out in '21
May 27, 2022
Are Jameis Winston and the Saints set to advance deep into the playoffs in Dennis Allen's first year as head coach? Jim Trotter spotlights three teams that are in line to put together a run after falling short of the postseason in 2021.
32 NFL teams, 32 people to root for: From Lamar Jackson to Lovie Smith to Laura Fryar -- and beyond
May 10, 2022
Objectivity is crucial in journalism, but Jim Trotter admits he has certain biases, particularly when it comes to various fine folks around the NFL. Here is one person to root for on each of the league's 32 teams.
A new day in Houston: Behind the scenes of a crucial week -- and draft weekend -- in the Texans' rebuild
May 02, 2022
From voluntary minicamp to the 2022 NFL Draft, last week was a critical stretch in Houston. Jim Trotter takes us inside the Texans' rebuilding process, with special access to new head coach Lovie Smith and second-year general manager Nick Caserio.
HBCU QB Aqeel Glass just wants 'an opportunity' to prove NFL bona fides
Apr 13, 2022
Over the past 10 drafts, a miniscule number of players have been selected out of HBCUs -- and none have been quarterbacks. Jim Trotter examines Alabama A&M star Aqeel Glass' efforts to make a name for himself in the NFL.
Broncos, Chargers gain ground on AFC West, rest of conference with aggressive start to offseason
Mar 15, 2022
No two teams have done more to close the gap in their division and conference than the Broncos and Chargers. Jim Trotter discusses their recent moves and why each could be seen as a legitimate contender.
Rams' Aaron Donald proves he's built for the moment in Super Bowl LVI victory
Feb 14, 2022
With Super Bowl LVI on the line, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald proved he was built for the moment with a game-sealing play to help his team take care of some unfinished business. Jim Trotter discusses the impressive performance and what's ahead for the Rams star.
Rams safety Eric Weddle exceeding expectations ahead of Super Bowl LVI in whirlwind NFL return
Feb 11, 2022
No one expected Eric Weddle to excel when he rejoined the Rams last month after two years away from the NFL. Yet all the safety has done is exceed expectations in the postseason. Jim Trotter explores Weddle's whirlwind return ahead of Super Bowl LVI.
Brian Flores' lawsuit reflects widespread discontent among Black coaches over NFL hiring practices
Feb 10, 2022
Brian Flores' lawsuit reflects widespread discontent among Black coaches over hiring practices around the league, Jim Trotter reports. Former NFL offensive coordinator Clarence Shelmon: "It's emasculating. It's devastating."
Aaron Donald rallies Rams, seals Super Bowl trip with crucial defensive play
Jan 31, 2022
Trailing the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald called his teammates together and spoke from a place deep in his soul. Jim Trotter recounts how his team responded.
NFL Divisional Round: Biggest winners and losers from Saturday's stunning playoff doubleheader
Jan 23, 2022
It's one-and-done for both No. 1 seeds, as the Bengals edged the Titans and the 49ers nipped the Packers. Reporting from Green Bay, Jim Trotter spotlights the biggest winners and losers from Saturday's Divisional Round games.
Just win, baby! Playoff-bound Raiders find way to prevail over Chargers in overtime thriller
Jan 10, 2022
On a night when they honored the late John Madden, the Raiders played in a manner reminiscent of a mantra from the franchise's halcyon days. Jim Trotter writes from the scene of a thrilling overtime win over the Chargers that sent Las Vegas to the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals claim first AFC North title in six years behind Joe Burrow-led youth movement
Jan 02, 2022
The Cincinnati Bengals claimed the AFC North title for the first time since 2015 after a late rally lifted them over the Chiefs. Jim Trotter discusses why these aren't the same old Bengals -- thanks to a youth movement led by Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase.
Eight burning questions as NFL playoff picture comes into view
Dec 27, 2021
The NFL playoff picture is finally crystalizing -- or is it? If there is one truism to this 2021 season, it is this: The more we know, the less we know. With that, Jim Trotter takes one more look into his murky crystal ball.
'Slippery' Travis Kelce saves his best for last in Chiefs' victory over Chargers on Thursday night
Dec 17, 2021
Jim Trotter chronicles the Chiefs' thrilling OT win over the Chargers, with "slippery" Travis Kelce playing a starring role. Kansas City's standout tight end scored back-to-back touchdowns Thursday night, the first of which forced overtime and the second of which ended the game.
Bewildered in Seattle: Russell Wilson-led Seahawks experiencing unprecedented struggles at 3-7
Nov 22, 2021
A week after being shut out for the first time in his career, Seattle QB Russell Wilson notched another ignominious first: three straight losses as an NFL starter. These are hard times for the Seahawks, Jim Trotter writes, with no easy answers for Pete Carroll and Co.
Sweet Carolina: With Cam Newton back in tow, time for re-energized Panthers to think NFC South title
Nov 14, 2021
Doubt the Panthers if you like, but Jim Trotter no longer can. In a season that seems to get wilder each week, with the improbable becoming the norm, Trotter writes it would not be surprising if the Panthers claimed the NFC South.
Titans answer questions while Rams create them in Tennessee's easy win at Los Angeles
Nov 08, 2021
Without Derrick Henry, Tennessee's defense stepped up, creating two early turnovers that led to 14 points in the Titans' 28-16 victory over the Rams. Reporting from Los Angeles, Jim Trotter explores a tale of two contenders.
Saints' defense unfazed by having to stop Tom Brady in crunch time
Nov 01, 2021
Though the Saints suffered a major blow with the injury of quarterback Jameis Winston, Dennis Allen's defense flummoxed Tom Brady once again. Jim Trotter says this prideful unit is the key to New Orleans making a push for a fifth consecutive NFC South title.
Short-handed Packers pull together, topple NFL's last unbeaten team in Arizona
Oct 29, 2021
Despite missing three wide receivers, the defensive coordinator, the starting left tackle and two talented cornerbacks, the Packers pulled together in Arizona and handed the Cardinals their first defeat. Jim Trotter chronicles a fascinating game with a wild finish.
Mason Crosby overcomes struggles, kicks game-winning FG to lift Packers past Bengals in wild affair
Oct 10, 2021
It's not often that a kicker gets multiple shots to put away an opponent. For Packers veteran Mason Crosby, that moment came against the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. Jim Trotter recaps a wild Week 5 clash in Cincinnati.
Brandon Staley's Chargers show poise, readiness in win over Raiders on Monday night
Oct 05, 2021
The Chargers have a long history of disintegrating in the biggest spots. But with head coach Brandon Staley and quarterback Justin Herbert, Jim Trotter says Los Angeles is resilient and resourceful, refusing to bow when moments become heavy.
Cardinals snap eight-game losing streak to Rams with statement-making win in Los Angeles
Oct 04, 2021
The Cardinals snapped an eight-game losing streak to the divisional rival Rams on Sunday, winning the marquee matchup in impressive fashion. Jim Trotter says Kyler Murray and Co. made quite a statement, especially on one particular drive.
Matthew Stafford, Rams prove the hype is real in win over defending champion Buccaneers
Sep 26, 2021
The Rams don't shy away from making the big move, and their blockbuster trade for Matthew Stafford is already reaping rewards. Jim Trotter details the substance behind the hype in L.A. following Sunday's 34-24 win over the Buccaneers.
Matthew Stafford leads Rams to resounding victory over Bears in Los Angeles debut
Sep 13, 2021
In his Rams debut at sparkling SoFi Stadium, Matthew Stafford passed for 321 yards and three scores, finishing with an almost-perfect QB rating of 156.1. Jim Trotter reflects on the veteran's performance in Los Angeles' 34-14 win over Chicago.
2011 NFL Draft class worthy of greater appreciation a decade after entering league
Sep 03, 2021
Jim Trotter examines the highly decorated 2011 NFL Draft class' place in history a decade after it entered the league and discusses the topic with some members of the group who are still adding to their legacy.
Chargers' bolt is BACK: 'Alpha leader' Derwin James drives culture of accountability in Los Angeles
Aug 26, 2021
After missing most of the last two seasons, Derwin James is on a mission to be great and elevate the Los Angeles Chargers. Jim Trotter discusses James' unique impact and how he's driving a culture of accountability.
New team, old approach: J.J. Watt returns to training roots in rebirth with Arizona Cardinals
Aug 18, 2021
J.J. Watt is a man on a mission, hell-bent on proving he can still be an impact defender for his new team, the Arizona Cardinals. Or, as Watt's personal trainer put it to Jim Trotter, "He wants to go out and shock people."
Cleveland Browns' defense hounding hyped offense with upgraded cast of 'dynamic playmakers'
Aug 11, 2021
Cleveland's offense carries great expectations into the 2021 NFL season, but Jim Trotter says the upgraded defense is making life hell for Baker Mayfield and Co. at Browns training camp. And this has Myles Garrett thinking big: "Go to the playoffs and make a run."
Quarterback translator: Is Justin Fields truly the backup? Could Derek Carr prematurely retire?
Jun 17, 2021
Will Justin Fields truly back up Andy Dalton? Would Derek Carr really retire before playing for another team? Is Ben Roethlisberger still the focal point of Pittsburgh's offense? Jim Trotter translates five QB-related comments that generated headlines.