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Who was the biggest oversight in the HOF Class of 2017?

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Great games and the Patriots go together

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Is the Patriots’ dynasty the oddest in NFL history?

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Carolina special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven said the recent rule change regarding extra points is just another indication that the NFL may be headed for a future where special teams coaches aren’t necessary. “You’re getting fewer and fewer parts of the game where you need a coach to coach it,” he told the Talk of Fame Network’s latest broadcast.

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Cam Newton has done it again, this time announcing that “so much of my talents have not been seen in one person.” We suspect he was talking about quarterbacks, and while Newton is right that he has talent … he is wrong when he says so much of his talents haven’t been seen in one person. We have no trouble thinking of several before and one after him … and the envelope, please.

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Chicago coach John Fox was a guest on last week’s Talk of Fame Network broadcast, and he was asked to name one change he would make … if he could … in the NFL landscape. Fox wasted no time in answering: Full-time officials, he said.

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Former Steeler Donnie Shell put the “strong” in the strong safety position.

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Andy Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 years, so he knows alot about the city and its team — and what he knows about former quarterback Donovan McNabb is that he was better than some people believe. In fact, asked about criticism of Reid’s first draft pick as coach of the Eagles, Reid said McNabb was, in essence, an important and necessary link that held together a club that went to five conference championship games in eight years — including four straight. “You’re juggling a lot of balls out there,” he said. “And that’s tough. I thought Donovan did that as well as anybody.”

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John Fox has gone from Denver to Chicago … Peyton Manning to Jay Cutler … and you know something? He’s “excited” about what’s next. At least that’s what he told the Talk of Fame Network about what he sees in Cutler who, he said, is the team’s starter “right now.” But as Fox pointed out, it’s not how you start the race; it’s how you finish. And it’s a long time before opening day.

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John Fox has worked for the Bears, Giants, Raiders and Steelers — all storied franchises. “There’s just something about those organizations that’s just special for me.” he says.

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Bad news, New England fans. When Jimmy Garoppolo starts in place of Tom Brady for the opening of 2015, the Patriots’ chances of success drop dramatically — and not because it’s not Tom Brady. No, it’s because it’s a backup — any backup — in his place, and the envelope, please: When backup quarterbacks last year were forced into the starting lineup they won only 37.5 percent of the time.

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Courtesy - New England Patriots, David Silverman

New England owner Robert Kraft took the first step Tuesday toward taking the air out of “Deflategate” by agreeing not to oppose the punishment inflicted by the NFL on his franchise. Now, Goodell should return the gesture by offering to recuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal, thereby assuring an independent review of a case that has covered the Patriots, Brady and the league in ignominy.

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Jack Del Rio has been around a lot of talented players. He teamed with Michael Irvin in Dallas, and he coached Peyton Manning in Denver and Ray Lewis in Baltimore. So who was the best leader? Easy, said Del Rio. It was Lewis.

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Tom Condon represents some of the biggest and best names in the NFL. He does not, however, represent Super-Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady. But if he did, he was asked on this week’s Talk of Fame broadcast, how might he have handled the situation? Condon wasted little time with his response.

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Jack Del Rio isn’t fazed by the job ahead of him as new coach of the Oakland Raiders. Though the club hasn’t had a winning season in 12 years, he believe he can “recreate” the Raiders’ mystique, change a culture of losing and make the club relevant again. One player who should help: Quarterback Derek Carr, a guy Del Rio says “has an opportunity to be special.”

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Oakland coach Jack Del Rio and agent to the stars, Tom Condon, stopped by this week’s Talk of Fame radio broadcast, with Del Rio explaining how he hopes to make the Raiders a contender again and Condon offering his thoughts on this week’s — no, this year’s — most volatile topic: “Deflategate.”

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With quarterback Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the season, the presumption is that an AFC East that has been dominated — no, owned … by New England for virtually all of the past 14 years is suddenly wide open. But don’t be so sure. New England has something the others don’t … and until or unless they find it, they’re playing for second.

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Tom Brady should’ve known better. He failed to cooperate with NFL investigators with the Wells Report, and now he’s been suspended four games. That’s a blow to New England, but trust us: It’s not a blow to Brady’s Hall-of-Fame career. But it is … and will be … to Brady’s one unassailable reputation, now and for the rest of his life.

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