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February 3, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - LeSean McCoy walked out of Radio City Music Hall after the NFL's awards show with a glistening new trophy tucked in his arms. After he was named the FedEx Ground player of the year for the second time in three seasons, the NFL offered to mail McCoy the award. He said he lives in Philadelphia, he can take it on his own. When the league offered a box, he declined. He carried the trophy out like he carried the football to a league-leading 1,607 yards. And as he prepared to leave, he mentioned he wants different hardware at this time next season.
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February 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Doug Colman has kept moving in the coaching profession, and the pace is quicker at each level. As recently as 2006, he guided Absegami to the South Jersey Group 4 football title, the first in school history. After three college coaching stops in the last six years, he is back to a familiar place: the NFL. Colman, 40, recently was named assistant special-teams coach of the Houston Texans. "We're excited," Colman said in a phone interview, alluding to himself; his wife, Colleen; and four children (with a fifth on the way in April)
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February 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Minutes after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league will review how this year's New Jersey/New York Super Bowl went and review the potential of more Super Bowls in cold-weather cities, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie continued touting the candidacy of Philadelphia for a future game. "Philadelphia would be an amazing place to have a game...," Lurie said. "All the infrastructure, state of-the-art stadium, great fan base. It's pretty obviously very capable of hosting it, and we'd be very excited to participate in it. And I think the community would wholeheartedly embrace it. " Goodell would not commit to future games in cold-weather cities, and emphasized how unique this year's event is and the planning that went into it. "The ability to host a Super Bowl is more and more complicated, more and more complex, because of the size of the event and the number of events," Goodell said.
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February 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is looking to expand the postseason by two teams, from 12 total teams to 14. That would provide one additional team to each conference's playoffs. Goodell said it will get "very serious consideration" by the league's competition committee. "There's a lot of benefits to doing that," Goodell said.  "We think we can make the league more competitive. We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Dick Vermeil didn't think the Eagles would go 10-6 in Chip Kelly's first season. But the former Eagles coach, along with many others, was happy to be proven wrong. "I guessed 8-8," Vermeil said Thursday during a stop in between visits at Super Bowl XLVIII's radio row. "He did an exceptionally fine job. He did an overall, big-picture, fine job, other than just coaching on the field. " Before Kelly took the Eagles job last January, he contacted Vermeil for advice. Vermeil had just a little NFL experience before he was hired by the Eagles in 1976 after two seasons as UCLA's head coach.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - They are tobogganing on Broadway this week. And diving for touchdowns in a foam pit just off Times Square. Helmeted mannequins in full NFL uniforms share the Coach and Lancôme displays at Macy's. On 42d Street Wednesday night, the Harlem Boys Choir serenaded America's Game. The Super Bowl may be played in New Jersey on Sunday, but it is being played out in full measure in New York City this week. In recognition of an outdoor game at a cold-weather site, the NFL and New York have turned a 13-block stretch of Broadway - the spiritual heart of this great city - to an open-air temple for all things football.
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January 30, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
The NFL and New Jersey tourism boosters are preaching the gospel of money. Specifically, they're preaching that the Garden State's first Super Bowl is going to hail money, $550 million, in East Rutherford, Jersey City, and beyond - like Manhattan, which surely doesn't need the money even in the Bill De Blasio new world order. But why would you believe the NFL or Jersey politicians about anything? Nine years ago, the league forced folks to head to Jacksonville, the stripper-and-sirloin capital of North Florida, to watch the Patriots beat the Eagles, 24-21, not that we're still bitter.
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January 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SEAHAWKS COACH Pete Carroll says it's time to reconsider banning pot in the NFL. Now before you get your shoulder pads all twisted, take note: He's talking medicinal purposes only. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states, including Washington, home to the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll was asked his thoughts on recent comments by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell concerning the use of weed if it were shown to help players who had suffered concussions. "I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll said at Super Bowl media session yesterday.
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January 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is Super Bowl week, and I've heard that this year's game is being played in my home state of New Jersey. Well, actually, I have not heard that very often. Almost everybody across the country who talks about this Super Bowl between Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks refers to the game as being in New York. That, of course, is just fine with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Even though it is New Jersey that will foot the majority of the bill and reap the minority of revenue, the NFL prefers to conjure an image of Manhattan skyscrapers rather than the swamps that house MetLife Stadium across the Hudson River over in Jersey.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ink has barely dried on the National Football League's $765 million proposal to settle concussion-related claims from former players. But already the nay-saying has begun. In the two weeks since a federal judge in Philadelphia said she needed more information before approving the plan, a top lawyer involved in negotiations with the league has said he would advise a substantial number of his 1,200 clients to reject it. Others suggest the proposal overcompensates the lawyers. And a vocal handful of players say they have grown increasingly skeptical the longer it takes to seal the deal.
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