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State of the 2023 Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes and Co. set to pursue Super Bowl repeat
Jul 21, 2023
Coming off their second title in four years, the Chiefs have another shot at repeating as Super Bowl champs with Patrick Mahomes under center. Adam Rank examines the state of the team heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Buffalo Bills: Super Bowl or bust for Josh Allen and Co.?
Jul 14, 2023
After winning three straight AFC East titles but coming up short in the playoffs, will Buffalo be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy this time around? Adam Rank examines the state of the Bills heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 New England Patriots: Can Bill Belichick and Co. get back on postseason track?
Jul 12, 2023
Can New England avoid the first two-season playoff drought of the Bill Belichick era? Will Mac Jones bounce back from a tough 2022? Adam Rank examines the state of the Patriots heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Tennessee Titans: Can Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill spark return to playoffs?
Jul 07, 2023
Will Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill be able to push Tennessee back to the playoffs after a disappointing end to last season? Adam Rank examines the state of the Titans ahead of the 2023 NFL campaign.
State of the 2023 Jacksonville Jaguars: Can Doug Pederson, Trevor Lawrence and Co. provide encore?
Jul 06, 2023
Jacksonville rallied in the second half of last season to win the AFC South and then pulled off a mind-blowing comeback in the playoffs. What's next for Doug Pederson, Trevor Lawrence and Co.? Adam Rank examines the state of the Jaguars heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Indianapolis Colts: Shane Steichen and Anthony Richardson bring hope after brutal 2022
Jul 05, 2023
After a disastrous 2022, Indianapolis saw great change this offseason. Can new coach Shane Steichen and new quarterback Anthony Richardson right the ship? Adam Rank examines the state of the Colts heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Cincinnati Bengals: Super Bowl or bust for Joe Burrow and company
Jun 29, 2023
With Joe Burrow leading the way, Cincinnati has established itself as an annual Super Bowl contender. Is this the season for the franchise to win its first Lombardi Trophy? Adam Rank studies the state of the Bengals.
State of the 2023 Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Pickett poised to make Year 2 leap ... and nab a playoff spot?
Jun 28, 2023
Pittsburgh missed the playoffs in the first season after Ben Roethlisberger's retirement, though Kenny Pickett flashed promise in the 9-8 campaign. Is the QB poised to break out in Year 2? Can the team contend in a loaded AFC? Adam Rank studies the state of the Steelers.
State of the 2023 New Orleans Saints: Can Derek Carr spark offensive rebound, deliver playoff berth?
Jun 23, 2023
New Orleans spent the past two playoff-free seasons cycling through quarterbacks. Will Derek Carr provide stability at the position and deliver a postseason berth in his first year in the Big Easy? Adam Rank explores the state of the Saints.
State of the 2023 Carolina Panthers: Frank Reich and Bryce Young guide franchise into new era
Jun 22, 2023
With fresh faces at head coach (Frank Reich) and quarterback (Bryce Young), it's a new day in Carolina. So ... what's in store? Adam Rank examines the state of the Panthers heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Chicago Bears: Can Justin Fields win more games after electrifying Year 2?
Jun 16, 2023
In 2022, Justin Fields showed off the kind of dynamic quarterback play Chicago has long been missing. Where will his development take this team next? Adam Rank examines the state of the Bears heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Detroit Lions: Can Dan Campbell's offseason darlings live up to unprecedented hype?
Jun 15, 2023
After an inspiring finish to the 2022 campaign, Detroit has been one of the NFL's offseason darlings. Can Dan Campbell's crew live up to unprecedented hype in the Motor City? Adam Rank examines the state of the 2023 Lions.
State of the 2023 Arizona Cardinals: Question marks abound as Jonathan Gannon era begins
Jun 09, 2023
Adam Rank examines the state of the Arizona Cardinals heading into the 2023 NFL season and sees a lot of uncertainty -- including at the quarterback position -- for a team starting over under new head coach Jonathan Gannon.
State of the 2023 San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl or bust in Bay Area despite lingering QB question
Jun 07, 2023
Will Brock Purdy win the 49ers' QB1 job? Can the defense help Kyle Shanahan and Co. get to the Super Bowl? Adam Rank examines the state of the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Los Angeles Rams: Sean McVay & Co. set to rebound from brutal Super Bowl hangover?
Jun 06, 2023
Sean McVay and Co. did not exactly light the world on fire in their follow-up to winning Super Bowl LVI, stumbling to an injury-riddled 5-12 season. Can they bounce back in 2023? Adam Rank examines the state of the Los Angeles Rams.
State of the 2023 Washington Commanders: Pivotal year for Ron Rivera, Sam Howell and Co.
Jun 01, 2023
How will head coach Ron Rivera and new starting quarterback Sam Howell respond to immense pressure in a pivotal year? Adam Rank examines the state of the Washington Commanders heading into the 2023 NFL season.
State of the 2023 Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts and Co. appear poised to avoid Super Bowl hangover
May 30, 2023
After falling just short of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy last season, can Jalen Hurts and Co. avoid the dreaded Super Bowl hangover? Adam Rank checks in on the state of the 2023 Philadelphia Eagles.
2021 NFL Draft do-over: Jets pick Justin Fields; Trey Lance still top-10 choice
Apr 14, 2023
Two years after the fact, Adam Rank runs the 2021 NFL Draft over again -- and the Jets don't let Justin Fields go by them at No. 2 overall this time. Who else rises and falls? And which team snags Micah Parsons?
2023 NFL free agency: Five players who should stay with current team, five who should hit open market
Mar 01, 2023
Lamar Jackson and Daniel Jones have reached the end of their respective rookie contracts. So, what's the next move for each quarterback? Adam Rank spotlights five pending free agents who should stay put and five who should hit the open market.
5 NFL players who should be traded this offseason: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans to continue WR trend?
Feb 16, 2023
Last offseason was highlighted by a number of high-profile trades, with the receiver position playing a starring role. Adam Rank identifies five notable players who SHOULD be dealt this offseason, including two highly decorated wideouts.
NFL coaches whose personalities best match their cities: Where do Super Bowl LVII opponents rank?
Feb 06, 2023
Why does Chiefs coach Andy Reid seem like a perfect fit for Kansas City? Is Eagles coach Nick Sirianni ideal for Philadelphia? Adam Rank lists the five coaches whose personalities best match their team's home cities.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: My Class of 2023 modern-era predictions
Aug 04, 2022
With the Pro Football Hall of Fame about to enshrine its newest members, Adam Rank predicts which modern-era players will make the Class of 2023. Are Joe Thomas and Darrelle Revis locks to be elected in their first year of eligibility?
State of the 2022 Miami Dolphins: Pressure on Tua Tagovailoa to prove he's QB of the future
Jul 20, 2022
With better weapons on the field and first-year head coach Mike McDaniel on the sideline, will Tua Tagovailoa prove he is Miami's quarterback of the future? Adam Rank checks in on the state of the Dolphins heading into the 2022 NFL season.
State of the 2022 New York Jets: Robert Saleh, Zach Wilson hitting crucial Year 2 with offseason optimism
Jul 18, 2022
The 2021 season did not go as planned for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and rookie head coach Robert Saleh. But on the heels of a sparkling offseason, is Gang Green poised to break through in 2022? Adam Rank explores the state of the New York Jets.
State of the 2022 Los Angeles Chargers: Can Justin Herbert, Brandon Staley lead playoff push?
Jul 13, 2022
Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley barely missed the playoffs last season. Are they ready to break into the postseason this time around? Adam Rank checks in on the state of the Los Angeles Chargers.
State of the 2022 Kansas City Chiefs: Even without Tyreek Hill, it's title or bust for Patrick Mahomes
Jul 11, 2022
How much does Tyreek Hill's move to Miami impact Kansas City's expectations in 2022? Not much at all! In this edition of State of the Franchise, Adam Rank says the Chiefs remain squarely in "title or bust" mode.
State of the 2022 Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown's gone, but don't overlook this Derrick Henry-led bunch
Jul 07, 2022
Tennessee's 2021 season came to a highly disappointing conclusion. Then A.J. Brown relocated to Philadelphia. Gloom and doom in Nashville? No chance! Adam Rank explains why you cannot overlook the Titans in this edition of his State of the Franchise series.
State of the 2022 Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Pederson era begins after transformative offseason
Jul 06, 2022
It's been a transformative offseason in Jacksonville. How will the Doug Pederson era begin? And can he develop Trevor Lawrence? Adam Rank checks in on the Jaguars ahead of the 2022 NFL season.
State of the 2022 Indianapolis Colts: Pressure on Frank Reich, Matt Ryan to deliver deep playoff run
Jul 05, 2022
Will Matt Ryan get the Colts back to the playoffs -- and make a run -- after the team's disappointing finish to last season? Adam Rank checks in on the state of the win-now Colts heading into the 2022 season.
State of the 2022 Cincinnati Bengals: How will Joe Burrow and Co. follow up Super Bowl run?
Jun 29, 2022
Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase are coming off an astounding run to Super Bowl LVI. What do the Bengals have in store for a follow-up? Adam Rank takes stock of Cincinnati heading into the 2022 NFL season.
State of the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers: Can Mike Tomlin avoid first losing season without Big Ben?
Jun 28, 2022
Mike Tomlin has never posted a losing season as Pittsburgh head coach. Can he keep the streak alive without Ben Roethlisberger? Adam Rank digs into the state of the Steelers heading into the 2022 NFL season.