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In Depth 2017: New Orleans Saints

The Saints finished 7-9 in 2016 for the third season in a row. But it had a slightly different feel to it than the previous two non-playoff seasons. The defense improved a bit. Young players, including exciting WR Michael Thomas, emerged. And Drew Brees continued defying age. The offseason has also been entertaining. Speedster Brandin Cooks was traded to New England, giving New Orleans a second number one pick. The Saints brought in aging superstar Adrian Peterson. And the team filled many other holes in free agency. So, is it enough, in a division of good and rising teams,...

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In Depth 2017: Buffalo Bills

When the Bills finished 9-7 and 2nd in the AFC East under Doug Marrone in 2014, it looked like the team might be on to something. But Marrone left the organization and was replaced by Rex Ryan, who led an 8-8 squad in 2015 and was in the midst of a 7-9 season when he was dismissed before it ended. Ryan has been replaced by Sean McDermott, who becomes the eighth coach to try and restore this team’s powerhouse status. He’ll do so with a QB who hardly received a vote of confidence and a defense that got worse...

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In Depth 2017: Cincinnati Bengals – Take two

Did the end of the 2015 season carry over into 2016? Or were injuries the cause of the team winning six fewer games? And does the 2016 season leave Marvin Lewis on the hot seat, coaching for his job in 2017? With several off-season changes, including an offensive line that has incurred a 60 percent turnover, can he lead another winning team? Anthony Cosenza, an editor with Cincy Jungle, joined us to share his insights. Zoneblitz: The Bengals fell from 12-4 to 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. What went wrong? Cosenza: It all...

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In Depth 2017: Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati won the NFC North in 2015 and finished the season a heartbreaking couple minutes from advancing to the divisional playoffs. That fell apart in 2016, as injuries and inconsistency dropped the Bengals to 6-9-1. That means after 14 seasons, Marvin Lewis has a solid winning percentage, but the team still has not advanced in the postseason under his leadership. Can the Bengals rebound and make another postseason run? And even if they do, what will it take to get the team’s first playoff victory in the 21st century? Larry Spicer, a contributing writer for Stripe Hype, joined us...

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In Depth 2017: Carolina Panthers

Just a year after being 15-1 and going to the Super Bowl, Carolina struggled to a 6-10 record in 2016. Several things fell apart, including Cam Newton, who struggled through an injury- and inconsistency-riddled follow-up to his MVP season. Can the Panthers get things back in order and make another deep postseason run? Or was the year as runner-up the outlier? Brian Beversluis, a staff writer with Cat Scratch Reader, joins us with some thoughts. Zoneblitz: The Panthers followed up a Super Bowl season with a 6-10. How would you assess what went wrong in 2016? Beversluis:  Injuries were...

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