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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.
D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel oozing confidence at Panthers camp
Aug 12, 2019
After investing significant capital on the receiver position during the past two drafts, are the Carolina Panthers' pass catchers ready to break out? D.J. Moore think so, telling Jim Trotter the Panthers' offense is going to be "scary."
Dwayne Haskins has all the tools, but Redskins in no hurry
Aug 06, 2019
Selected with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins is Washington's future at quarterback -- but is he the present? Jim Trotter reports from Redskins training camp that the team is in no hurry to start the rookie.
Rob Gronkowski mum on NFL future after huge Super Bowl LIII
Feb 03, 2019
Rob Gronkowski added another epic Super Bowl performance to his Hall of Fame career, helping the Patriots defeat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Jim Trotter writes that he hopes this isn't the last we see of Gronk in the NFL.
Brian Flores' career as coach marked by personal approach
Jan 31, 2019
Who is Brian Flores, the man expected to be named the Dolphins' next head coach? Jim Trotter examines the current Patriots assistant, whose approach is as much about life off the field as it is about production on the field.
Saints crushed after controversial no-call helps end playoff run
Jan 20, 2019
A controversial no-call in the NFC Championship Game played a huge part in an outcome that saw the Rams move on to Super Bowl LIII and the Saints devastated. Jim Trotter explores the event and reactions of all those involved.
Kirk Cousins passes huge test vs. Packers, but challenges await
Nov 25, 2018
Sunday night brought a crucial victory for the Vikings' playoff hopes -- and the biggest win in Kirk Cousins' early tenure in Minnesota. But, as Jim Trotter writes, the next challenge for the high-paid QB is just a game away.