NFL divisional round MMQB: Bengals’ lack of respect, 49ers’ defense, coach rumors

Welcome to the divisional round of the playoffs. We are trying things a little differently The MMQB this year with Albert Breer’s Monday-morning column, publishing items as separate stories throughout the morning. Below are links to everything Albert wrote about this round, plus more from our staff. Joe Burrow and the Bengals looked quite at … Read more

The Jaguars’ comeback win over the Chargers is symbolic of Trevor Lawrence’s arrival

After the field goal went through, after the idea of ​​the third-largest comeback in postseason history became real, Trevor Lawrence wheeled around in circles with his head leaned forward, running towards his Jaguars teammates like a child who finally got clearance to join friends at recess. This moment of celebration, this expression, this aura, this … Read more

NFL coaching carousel and the latest rumors on candidates, potential openings

Imagine you’re hiring a top executive for a Fortune 500 company, and you’re competing with other top executives for candidates. Over the years, there’s been a lot of turnover in the industry, and a small number of companies have had success pulling from a particular pool of candidates. Other companies have tried to mine the … Read more

Carson Wentz may be finished in the NFL—even as a backup

Legitimately waiting all day for Monday night… • Here are the passer ratings for Carson Wentz’s last five starts: 71.0, 56.6, 102.9, 66.3, 31.4. So in my estimation, and the estimation of NFL people who’ve worked for him, this is the end of the road for him as a starter. Maybe he plays against Dallas, … Read more

Mike Leach, Mississippi State’s goodbye and one restaurant’s story

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The first time Mike Leach arrived at the seafood and soul food restaurant called WTF, he ordered the honey gold chicken wings a certain way. “Extra crispy,” he told Shan Suber, the owner and head chef. “Extra crispy?” Super said. “That’s the way I like my wings, too!” Since that meeting in … Read more

The Vikings’ comeback from 33-0 is the greatest in NFL history

This wasn’t Kirk Cousins’ first time piloting this kind of comeback, even this year. And even if this one was, at least statistically, unprecedented over 103 seasons of NFL games. So as the Vikings quarterback left US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon—wearing a loud purple sport coat with Vikings logos and his … Read more

College football rankings: Alabama loss shakes Playoff race

The first College Football Playoff rankings don’t always look like the final ones. Any ranking before Thanksgiving weekend is simply a snapshot of a moment in time. Take the first-ever CFP rankings in 2014, for instance, which featured Mississippi State as the committee’s first No. 1 team. The Bulldogs did not go on to make … Read more