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Let's Talk: How to Improve Hall's Voting Process? Here Are Some Ideas

When the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame’s board of selectors convened last month, Hall president Jim Porter made a promise. He said he’d call all 49 voters together after Super Bowl LVI to discuss the election process and how it can be improved,. Well, that time is now. Voters on...

It Took Matthew Stafford 13 Years But He Finally Has His Super Bowl Ring

Four other quarterbacks drafted first overall took teams to Super Bowls – Joe Burrow with the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend, Jared Goff with the Los Angeles Rams, Cam Newton with the Carolina Panthers and Drew Bledsoe with the New England Patriots. Five others took teams to conference championship games: Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Vinny Testaverde and Michael Vick.
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Faltering Fat Guys Derail Bengals' Dreams

The painful lesson in the Cincinnati Bengals’ heartbreaking 23-20 loss to the L.A. Rams Sunday night in Super Bowl LVI is this: Not even a superstar quarterback can save you if he’s flat on his back. There were a lot of things that conspired to beat the Bengals...
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Super Bowl GPS: Can Rams' Defense Turn Bengals' Burrow into Ordinary Joe?

Cincinnati Bengals vs. L.A. Rams, 6:30 p.m. (EST) The story: More evidence that we’re a divided country: Recent polls show that most bettors favor the Rams to win, but a plurality of fans want the Bengals, period – 38-31 percent, with 31 percent having no opinion. So it’s the People’s Choice vs. The Gamblers’ Choice. The Rams were made for this moment, with the team’s front office giving up the future for stars like Matt Stafford … and Von Miller … and Jalen Ramsey. But they didn’t bring them in to reach a Super Bowl; they’re here to win it. A smart man said that defense wins championships, right? Well, the Rams have defense in Miller … and Ramsey … and Aaron Donald … and Leonard Floyd. The plan, essentially, is to have Ramsey lock down Ja’Marr Chase, then turn a ferocious pass rush loose on Joe Burrow and see if it can do what Tennessee did. The Titans sacked him nine times. An aberration? Hardly. Nobody was sacked more this season than Burrow (51 times in 16 games). Keep that in mind because the line of scrimmage is where this game is won. Burrow’s the more reliable quarterback, but not if he’s treated like a pinata. I saw what happened to MVP Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50 … and Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLVIII … and Tom Brady in Super Bowls XLVI and XLII. I think you get the idea: Great pass rushers trump great passers. Follow the money.
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DeMarcus Ware Has a Hall-of-Fame Resume but No Bust ... Yet

Derrick Thomas was a first-team all-decade edge rusher in the 1990s. Like Ware, Derrick Thomas went to nine Pro Bowls. Like Ware he had a 20-sack season. Thomas still holds the NFL record for sacks in single game with seven but died in a car accident after his 11th season with 126 ½ sacks. It still took him five years to get his bust posthumously in his fifth turn as a finalist.
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