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FILE - This Oct. 20, 2019 file photo shows Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Green Bay, Wis. Pettine believes his team’s run defense is much better than the way it played in its most recent game.  “When things are right, when things are clicking for us and guys have a good understanding of what they’re doing, we can stop the run as well as anybody else,” Pettine said Friday, May 22, 2020 during a Zoom session with reporters.(AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Packers' run defense eager for redemption after playoff loss

May. 23, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes his team’s run defense is much better than its last showing. And he expects the team to prove that this fall. “When things are right, when things are clicking for us and guys have a good understanding of what they’re doing, we can stop the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 1974, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) poses with coach Bud Grant in an unknown location. Grant was the first coach to reach four Super Bowls. Also the first to lose four Super Bowls. Grant built a powerhouse team over 18 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the playoffs 12 times. But his squads always flopped badly on the biggest stage, losing each of their four title games by double-digit margins. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman, File)

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

May. 23, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches and...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Bruce Irvin (55) stretches during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. Irvin jumped at the chance to return to Seattle this offseason, but his reunion with the Seahawks comes with the expectation he can help a lackluster pass rush. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Bruce Irvin relishes chance to get another run with Seattle

May. 19, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — While sitting at home and watching the playoffs on TV last season, Bruce Irvin felt a desire to somehow find his way back to where his NFL career began. The pull was so strong that Irvin reached out to one of his former teammates following the Seattle Seahawks' playoff win over...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey is seen on the field before the Super Bowl XLI football game between the Bears and Indianapolis Colts in Miami. McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for nearly three decades following the death of his grandfather George Halas, died Saturday, May 16, 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer, the team said. He was 76. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Michael McCaskey, who succeeded Halas as Bears' leader, dies

May. 16, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Michael McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for nearly three decades following the death of his grandfather George Halas, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer, the team said. He was 76. A Yale graduate and the oldest of Ed and team matriarch Virginia McCaskey’s...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz passes during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Philadelphia. Injuries forced Wentz to watch another quarterback lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title and put him on the sideline for playoff games in each of the next two seasons. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

Strong faith keeps Carson Wentz focused on something bigger

May. 10, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

Injuries forced Carson Wentz to watch another quarterback lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title and put him on the sideline for playoff games in each of the next two seasons. Now the franchise player with the big contract saw his team use a second-round pick on a quarterback who was...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tyrann Mathieu celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs began talking about a repeat before they had even left the stadium following their Super Bowl triumph. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Chiefs among centerpieces of NFL slate as they chase repeat

May. 10, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the makeshift interview room just outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, defensive tackle Chris Jones yelled across to Chiefs teammate Frank Clark, vowing that the Super Bowl championship they had just won would not be the last. Their road to a repeat will begin at home. And there...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Fred Warner, center, celebrates his interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The defending NFC champion Niners are returning 18 of 22 starters from a team that fell one quarter short of winning it all, the type of continuity that could be especially crucial during this virtual offseason. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

NFC champion 49ers hope roster stability pays dividends

May. 10, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

For all the focus on the big names that left San Francisco this offseason like longtime left tackle Joe Staley and defensive anchor DeForest Buckner, the reality is the 49ers will look much the same in 2020. The defending NFC champion Niners are returning 18 of 22 starters from a team that fell one quarter short...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers play during the second half of an NFL preseason football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL's annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Kicking off: Texans at Chiefs to open season Sept. 10

May. 7, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL's annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is tackled by Houston Texans safety Justin Reid during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo. Kelce has two years remaining on a five-year, $46.8 million extension that he signed in 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Tight end contracts could be next to see significant rise

May. 5, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

Several tight ends in the NFL are centerpieces of the offense. Now, it's time they get paid like it. Guys such as George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and Rob Gronkowski — before he sat out a year — are more productive than many wide receivers but make far less money. The franchise tag for tight...

Bears sign veteran safety Gipson to 1-year contract

May. 1, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract Friday. Gipson has intercepted 23 passes and returned three for touchdowns over eight seasons with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Houston. He was released Tuesday by the Texans after signing a three-year,...