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NFL free agency winners are teams that take care of their own
Mar 25, 2021
The New England Patriots went on a spending spree in free agency this offseason, signing a plethora of new talent. However, the Pats aren't Jim Trotter's free agency winners. That honor belongs to two teams who've taken care of their own.
Drew Brees' career defined not just by numbers, but turning doubters into believers
Mar 14, 2021
All Drew Brees ever wanted was a chance. Jim Trotter recalls a memorable encounter with the quarterback in 2004, back when the Chargers had just drafted his replacement and Brees' athletic mortality appeared to be staring at him in the face.
Devin White's postseason dominance proves no challenge, moment too big for Bucs' rising star
Feb 04, 2021
Facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV will be the greatest challenge of Devin White's young career, but his dominant postseason performance has already shown no moment to be too big for the Bucs linebacker, Jim Trotter writes.
Bruce Arians' NFL career résumé nearly complete as Buccaneers advance to Super Bowl LV
Jan 24, 2021
With the Buccaneers' victory over the Packers in the NFC title game, Bruce Arians is closer than ever to winning the Super Bowl title that has eluded him as a head coach. Jim Trotter chronicles Arians' journey and how Tampa Bay embodied the coach's boldness in Sunday's win.
Bills' Josh Allen: 'Defensive game plan was executed to perfection' vs. Ravens
Jan 17, 2021
Buffalo's defense held Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens to just a field goal in their matchup on Saturday. Jim Trotter looks at how the Bills made it back to the AFC Championship Game after 27 years.
Lamar Jackson rewrites playoff narrative as Ravens beat Titans in Wild Card Round
Jan 10, 2021
Narratives about Lamar Jackson being one-and-done in each of the last two postseasons circled heading into Sunday's Wild Card Round. Jim Trotter explores how the Ravens star QB overcame doubters and a deficit to help Baltimore finally beat Tennessee.
Cleveland Browns finally deliver fans postseason berth behind a confident Baker Mayfield
Jan 03, 2021
The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to earn a postseason berth for the first time since 2002. Jim Trotter says the Browns' confidence in Baker Mayfield helped end the team's playoff drought -- finally giving fans reason to celebrate.
Seeking a second chance, former NFL head coaches share valuable lessons learned
Jan 01, 2021
Raheem Morris says it best: "The first time you're a head coach, you think you know what the job entails, and you really don't." Jim Trotter talks to former head coaches now seeking a second chance in the big chair. What lessons did they learn? Biggest regrets?
COVID-19 season taking heavy toll on NFL players' significant others: 'It's changed our lives completely'
Dec 30, 2020
COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of life in 2020. And in this unprecedented NFL campaign, the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on players' significant others. Jim Trotter reports on a season of high stress and sleep deprivation.
Unpredictable NFC East still undecided heading into Week 17
Dec 27, 2020
After Washington fell to the Panthers and the Cowboys eliminated the Eagles, the race for the NFC East crown will be decided in Week 17 -- with three teams still alive and the eventual winner guaranteed to finish with a losing record. Jim Trotter assesses the chaos in the division.
Predicting topsy-turvy NFC East with all four teams still alive
Dec 21, 2020
In the aftermath of a three-loss Sunday for the NFC East in which only the Cowboys stood victorious, the division remains up for grabs. Jim Trotter weighs in on which team will be left standing atop the pile when the regular season ends.
Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger after loss to Bills: 'We're not playing good football'
Dec 14, 2020
The Steelers may have clinched a playoff berth thanks to Miami's loss, but after falling to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night -- Pittsburgh's second straight loss -- turning things around could be a challenge, writes Jim Trotter.
Jared Goff responds to critics -- including coach Sean McVay -- in Rams win
Dec 06, 2020
Following a turnover-plagued loss to the 49ers, Rams QB Jared Goff took some criticism from his own head coach. How would he respond? Well, in phenomenal fashion, fueling a Rams victory over the Cardinals, Jim Trotter writes.
Seahawks use old formula to end skid, beat Cardinals
Nov 20, 2020
Carlos Hyde led the ground game while recently acquired Carlos Dunlap made a key fourth-down stop to help Seattle avoid a three-game losing streak. Jim Trotter reflects on the Seahawks' key victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Philip Rivers' unpredictability makes Colts NFL's most frustrating team
Nov 08, 2020
The Indianapolis Colts put themselves in good position at the half to beat Baltimore before a poor finish by Philip Rivers derailed any chance of victory. Jim Trotter discusses why the veteran QB's unpredictability makes Indy the NFL's most frustrating team.
Steelers beating Ravens without their A-game a scary proposition for rest of NFL
Nov 01, 2020
The Steelers prevailed in the NFL's fiercest modern-era rivalry, holding off the Ravens 28-24 to remain unbeaten -- and they did it without playing their best Sunday. Those two developments should put the rest of the league on notice, Jim Trotter writes.
2020 NFL trade deadline: Could Sam Darnold or Dwayne Haskins provide QB spice?
Oct 28, 2020
When it comes to NFL trade deadlines, the reality of what transpires often fails to match the breathless speculation of what could be. But Jim Trotter says two young quarterbacks could spice up this year's proceedings.
Kyler Murray leading Arizona Cardinals back to respectability
Oct 26, 2020
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray rallied his squad from a 13-point deficit to an overtime victory over the previously undefeated Seahawks. Jim Trotter looks at how Arizona came back to beat Seattle and the transitions each team is undergoing.
Dak Prescott's ankle injury leaves no real winner from Sunday's Giants-Cowboys game
Oct 11, 2020
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury Sunday against the New York Giants. Jim Trotter says the heartbreak surrounding Prescott's injury leaves the feeling that there was no real winner from the game.
Josh Allen's dramatic development central to Bills' perfect start
Oct 04, 2020
The Buffalo Bills improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 after beating the Raiders on Sunday. But for a moment in the first half, as all of Western New York held its breath, the outcome took a back seat to the health of QB Josh Allen, Jim Trotter writes.
Chargers' Phil McGeoghan brings fight for racial justice to hometown with new program
Oct 01, 2020
A star of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series this summer, Chargers wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan is championing social justice in his Massachusetts hometown with a new program geared toward bringing the community and law enforcement together.
Justin Herbert's impressive debut vs. Chiefs presents looming QB decision for Chargers HC Anthony Lynn
Sep 20, 2020
When Tyrod Taylor couldn't go, rookie Justin Herbert got the surprise start Sunday vs. the Chiefs. Even though the Chargers lost, Jim Trotter says Anthony Lynn has a big quarterback decision looming.
Raiders among dark-horse playoff contenders in 2020
Aug 19, 2020
Less than a month away from the start of the 2020 NFL season, Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter identify dark-horse candidates. Which teams will advance to the playoffs after failing to make it last year? And which teams will miss the postseason after making it in 2019?
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson laying low, eyeing big 2020 campaign
Aug 11, 2020
After a down 2019 season, Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson has his sights set on a bounce-back campaign this fall. Jim Trotter checks in on the rejuvenated Peterson, who has what multiple people in the Cardinals organization call "a different look in his eyes."
Maryland's Michael Locksley forms group for minority football coaches
Aug 06, 2020
Frustrated by the slow pace of minority hiring in college and professional football, Maryland's Michael Locksley has created the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches. The nonprofit will seek to groom coaches of color for upward mobility.
2020 NFL training camp: Intriguing storylines in unprecedented times
Jul 29, 2020
After an unimaginable offseason, NFL training camp is opening with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the most intriguing storylines to follow in the coming weeks? Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter weigh in.
Most valuable traits of an NFL head coach? Eight star players weigh in
Jul 07, 2020
What are the most important qualities for an NFL head coach to possess? Jim Trotter posed that question to star players from each position group, including 49ers CB Richard Sherman, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. Here are their thoughts.
Coaching Summit offers positives, but major diversity issues remain
Jun 23, 2020
After two days at the virtual Quarterback Coaching Summit, Jim Trotter says he sees positives but also feels a shortage of hope and patience when it comes to addressing the lack of diversity in the NFL head-coaching ranks.
Players Coalition urges Congress to pass Ending Qualified Immunity Act
Jun 10, 2020
With unprecedented support from across the three major professional sports leagues, the Players Coalition submitted a letter to Congress on Wednesday morning supporting passage of the Amash-Pressley bill, which would end qualified immunity for police officers and other government officials.
Raiders QB Derek Carr aims to unite people, will not just stick to sports
Jun 03, 2020
Raiders QB Derek Carr expands on the sentiments behind his heartfelt response to the death of George Floyd: "I felt in my heart this was the right moment to speak up, to not care so much about politics but instead speak truth."
Chasing greatness, Cardinals' Chandler Jones focusing on flaws
May 28, 2020
Chandler Jones isn't satisfied being one of the most prolific pass rushers in the NFL. The Cardinals' star defender talks to Jim Trotter about zeroing in on the holes in his game as he strives to reach an even higher plane.
Justin Herbert's online learning? Pep Hamilton's QB crash course
May 13, 2020
Hired in April, Pep Hamilton has one of the most important jobs on the Chargers' coaching staff: developing Justin Herbert. Jim Trotter chronicles ongoing efforts to bring the No. 6 overall pick up to NFL speed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three NFL general managers who should be on hot seat in 2020
Apr 02, 2020
With roster reconstruction in full swing and the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, which NFL decision-makers are under the most pressure to get it right? Jim Trotter spotlights three general managers who should be on the hot seat in 2020.
Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald joins Phoenix Suns ownership group
Jan 22, 2020
A week after signing a one-year extension with the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald joined the Phoenix Suns ownership group. Fitzgerald tells Jim Trotter why now was the perfect time to purchase a minority stake in the NBA franchise.
49ers' epic win over Saints about family as much as football
Dec 08, 2019
The San Francisco 49ers outlasted the New Orleans Saints in an instant classic that gives the Niners a clear path toward the NFC's No. 1 seed. But the win had an even deeper, personal meaning for the franchise, Jim Trotter writes.
Fading Panthers hand Ron Rivera a fate he didn't deserve
Dec 03, 2019
The writing was on the wall for Ron Rivera as the Panthers fell into another second-half tailspin this season, but Jim Trotter says Carolina's all-time winningest coach deserved a better fate than the one he received Tuesday.
Dennis Allen's star rising again with Saints' defensive turnaround
Nov 07, 2019
With Dennis Allen helping lead a massive turnaround for the Saints defense in the past few years, it might not be long before he gets a second chance as a head coach. Allen tells Jim Trotter what he learned from his first opportunity in the role, and how it informs what he's looking for in his next one.
Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs shine as Vikings dominate Eagles
Oct 13, 2019
The Vikings continued their offensive fireworks Sunday, with Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs connecting on three scoring strikes. Has the much-maligned unit finally found its balance? Jim Trotter was on hand to capture Minnesota's resounding win.
Saints' defense advances objective of 'going from good to great'
Sep 29, 2019
Facing the high-powered Cowboys without Drew Brees, the Saints played complementary football and got contributions from everyone. Jim Trotter examines how New Orleans did it, especially on the defensive side of the ball.