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John Elway's Mile High torch pass: Inside the first Denver Broncos draft run by GM George Paton
May 03, 2021
After a decade at the helm of the Broncos, John Elway passed the torch to George Paton -- and the new GM's first NFL draft certainly didn't lack for excitement. Michael Silver provides an inside look at the Aaron Rodgers saga, Denver's first-round decision and much more.
The untold stories of the NFL's 2020 Virtual Draft
Apr 27, 2021
Many believed it would be a mistake to conduct it in the midst of a pandemic, but from Bill Belichick's dog to Jerry Jones' yacht to Kliff Kingsbury's mansion, the Virtual Draft of 2020 was one of the most memorable in NFL history, and a teaching moment for others to follow, writes Michael Silver.
NFL's uniquely challenging season ends with familiar image: Tom Brady hoisting the Lombardi Trophy
Feb 08, 2021
Super Bowl LV just capped one of the most unique seasons in NFL history, and though it was hard to predict anything during these unprecedented times, Michael Silver says we should've seen one thing coming: Tom Brady hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at season's end.
Bucs' success of Brady signing has NFL eyeing massive QB movement
Feb 04, 2021
Last March, Tampa Bay went all in with the signing of Tom Brady, a get-rich-quick scheme that paid off handsomely. Now, after the Bucs' success, many in this copycat league are bracing for falling dominos, with unprecedented quarterback movement this offseason, writes Michael Silver.
Jared Goff excited to be with Lions franchise that wants, appreciates him
Jan 31, 2021
Jared Goff is heading to Detroit in a blockbuster trade between the Lions and Rams. The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback tells Michael Silver, "I'm just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me."
Aaron Rodgers' postgame comments a message to Packers brass that organizational mentality must change
Jan 24, 2021
After losing in the NFC title game for the second straight year, Aaron Rodgers' postgame comments were aimed at Packers decision-makers. The message? Change the mentality or perhaps it could be time for the generational QB to move on, Michael Silver writes.
Allen Lazard's clutch performance propels Packers to Divisional Round win vs. Rams
Jan 17, 2021
A crucial third-quarter drop could've torpedoed Allen Lazard's confidence. But the Packers receiver believed in his ability to convert the next time Aaron Rodgers looked his way. Michael Silver spoke with Lazard about the big plays he made to help Green Bay top the Rams in the Divisional Round.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers knows clock is ticking, seeks to savor every moment of 'special' season
Jan 14, 2021
Aaron Rodgers tells Michael Silver he's at peace with the Packers' decision to draft his likely successor and credits a clear mind for helping him perform at an MVP level heading into Saturday's Divisional Round matchup with the Rams.
Colts owner Jim Irsay reflects on John Lennon's influence 40 years after musician's death
Dec 08, 2020
On the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's death, Colts owner Jim Irsay discusses with Michael Silver the moment he heard the devastating news during the "Monday Night Football" broadcast, along with the universal impact The Beatles' musician had.
Matt LaFleur getting along just fine with 'lights out' Aaron Rodgers in Year 2
Oct 13, 2020
Remember all of those predictions about a drama-filled drop-off in Green Bay? Not so much. Michael Silver talks to second-year Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who's getting along just fine with "lights out" QB Aaron Rodgers.
Russell Wilson-led Seahawks nip Cam Newton's Patriots in instant classic
Sep 21, 2020
Pete Carroll has now prevailed in three of four games against Bill Belichick, all of them tense and dramatic and filled with bursts of Russell Wilson's brilliance. Michael Silver reflects on the Seahawks' latest victory.
Raiders among dark-horse playoff contenders in 2020
Aug 19, 2020
Less than a month away from the start of the 2020 NFL season, Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter identify dark-horse candidates. Which teams will advance to the playoffs after failing to make it last year? And which teams will miss the postseason after making it in 2019?
How George Kittle got paid: The high-stakes, high-strain story behind a record-setting deal
Aug 17, 2020
George Kittle just became the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, but the contract negotiations weren't easy. "It was like playing the game Jenga while on a motorboat in a stormy sea," Kittle's agent told Michael Silver. Go behind the scenes on how this record-breaking deal came about.
2020 NFL training camp: Intriguing storylines in unprecedented times
Jul 29, 2020
After an unimaginable offseason, NFL training camp is opening with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the most intriguing storylines to follow in the coming weeks? Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter weigh in.
All-Decade Team's Pete Carroll reflects on highs, lows of 2010s
Apr 06, 2020
Pete Carroll's 100 regular season wins and Super Bowl title from 2010 to '19 earned him a place on the 2010s All-Decade Team. Michael Silver talks to the coach, who opens up about the highs (SB XLVIII) and lows (SB XLIX) of the past 10 years.
Aaron Rodgers' clutch play sends Packers to NFC title game
Jan 12, 2020
After holding off the Seahawks at Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are heading west to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Michael Silver reports the mood from a victorious locker room in Green Bay.
Kenny Stills fitting right in with Texans after trade from Dolphins
Dec 15, 2019
Kenny Stills still refers to Miami as "my Dolphins" on certain occasions. But he's found a nice home in Houston as part of a three-headed monster at WR. Michael Silver was on the scene for Stills' two-TD performance in the Texans' big win over the Titans.
Rams, Jaguars both think they can rally after Jalen Ramsey trade
Oct 15, 2019
NFL Network's Michael Silver reports the immediate reaction from the Los Angeles Rams getting All-Pro CB Jalen Ramsey amid a heated NFC West battle, and the Jacksonville Jaguars promising future with a haul of draft picks.
Pittsburgh Steelers left soul-searching after 0-3 start to season
Sep 22, 2019
The Pittsburgh Steelers are winless through their first three games for the first time since 2013. With no Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell or Ben Roethlisberger to save them, Michael Silver writes that the franchise is grappling with a completely foreign level of vulnerability.
Brian Flores brings direct, unflinching vision to Miami Dolphins
Aug 01, 2019
New Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says he learned how football should be 'taught and practiced' under Bill Belichick, but we shouldn't expect him to be a carbon copy of the Patriots coach. Michael Silver talks 1-on-1 with the new leader in Miami.
Colts' Andrew Luck motivated by 'second lease' on NFL career
Jul 26, 2019
Andrew Luck regained his place among the NFL's elite passers in 2018 after battling a grueling shoulder injury that sidelined him for the entire 2017 season. Now, the Colts QB is determined to make the most of the "bonus time" he's earned, Michael Silver writes.
Aaron Rodgers, Matt LaFleur navigating new Packers partnership
Jun 17, 2019
Mike Silver visits with Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay to get an early read on the relationship between the Packers' new coach and QB. How will the two men bridge a gap between the offensive system and Rodgers' desire for freedom at the line of scrimmage?
Seahawks' Russell Wilson 'just getting started,' goal to play 'til 45
Jun 03, 2019
Russell Wilson tells Michael Silver he feels like he's just getting started entering his age-30 season after becoming the league's highest-paid player. The Seahawks QB dishes on how much longer he intends to play. Plus, why Wilson and Pete Carroll say this year's squad reminds them of the 2013 Seattle team that won the Super Bowl.
Jared Goff's 'miraculous' throw helps send Rams to Super Bowl
Jan 20, 2019
Sean McVay sensed some sort of divine intervention at play when Jared Goff made the most unlikely of completions to set up the Rams' game-winning score against the Saints. Mike Silver reports from the Superdome on Sunday's magical moments.
Frank Reich leads Colts to comprehensive beatdown of Texans
Jan 05, 2019
After a thorough beatdown of the Texans on Saturday, Frank Reich's Colts have now won 10 of their last 11 games and face off against the Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Michael Silver writes how Reich's steady hand has been everything Indy could've hoped for.
Los Angeles Rams triumphantly pull together amid tragedy
Nov 11, 2018
A mass shooting and wildfires in the Rams' backyard required everyone in the organization to place their attention away from football. Michael Silver chronicles how the team managed to pull together Sunday for an emotional victory over the Seahawks.