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... AND THEN?

Winning the Super Bowl can be dizzying for some QBs. For Russell Wilson, it was just the next phase of his plan—right before Jay Z and Bey, Obama and His Airness, Bieber, boats and business deals ...

By Greg Bishop

Colin Kaepernick Has A Checklist

The 49ers' quarterback has made good sport out of confounding the public. There is no ambiguity, however, about his goals

By Michael Rosenberg

SCOUTING REPORTS

By Andy Benoit

FEELING THE HEAT

From scared to safe, SI examines the job security of every NFL head coach

By RANKINGS BY Doug Farrar

1 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

By Andy Benoit

2 MIAMI DOLPHINS

The controversial offensive line gets a remake and—even more important— a new scheme to make its job easier

By Andy Benoit

3 BUFFALO BILLS

Trading up to draft a game-breaking receiver would have been a good move if that was all they needed. It's not

By Andy Benoit

4 NEW YORK JETS

Undecided on—or at least unsure of—their QB, they'll need help elsewhere on offense. And that's a problem

By Andy Benoit

1 BALTIMORE RAVENS

This ain't the D you remember. Two years after a Super Bowl win, that unit's being rebuilt from the inside out

By Andy Benoit

2 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

If the defense is going to regain its reputation for greatness, investments in the front seven have to pay off

By Andy Benoit

3 CINCINNATI BENGALS

A new coordinator tries to do what the last one couldn't with this QB: Win a playoff game. Or is that a lost cause?

By Andy Benoit

4 CLEVELAND BROWNS

It's exciting to have Johnny Football in town, but he isn't the answer to this franchise's woes

By Andy Benoit

1 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Already years ahead of where they hoped to be, Indy's passing game could take them on a deep playoff run

By Andy Benoit

2 HOUSTON TEXANS

Worst to first in the division? Not without more big-impact plays from some of their big-name defenders

By Andy Benoit

3 TENNESSEE TITANS

No matter who ends up taking the snaps, the team will have to mask its weakness at quarterback to succeed

By Andy Benoit

4 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Through coaches, free agents and draft picks, the defense is being remade in the Seahawks' image

By Andy Benoit

1 DENVER BRONCOS

Forget the defensive upgrades. With better receivers, this offense has a chance to outperform last year's

By Andy Benoit

2 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

A defense that has been getting by on its schemes adds a key free agent and has impact players on the mend

By Andy Benoit

3 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

With a dearth of weapons, they must manufacture offense. Which is where play design and a gifted back come in

By Andy Benoit

4 OAKLAND RAIDERS

The choices at quarterback illustrate the dilemma of a team that's rebuilding but also wants to win now

By Andy Benoit

1 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The team known for putting up points—fast—has a versatile, deep defense that deserves attention too

By Andy Benoit

2 NEW YORK GIANTS

The few parts left from a Super Bowl--winning front four will determine whether this team can win another title

By Andy Benoit

3 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

New coach Jay Gruden wants RG3 to be a pocket passer. That should keep him healthier. But will he be better?

By Andy Benoit

4 DALLAS COWBOYS

They run the Offense of the Future—and given their weaknesses on defense, the future better come soon

By Andy Benoit

1 GREEN BAY PACKERS

They went to the ground game out of necessity last year. Now it will make them even more dangerous in the air

By Andy Benoit

2 CHICAGO BEARS

Gunslinging QB. Quality protection. Downfield targets. All-purpose back. This offense has everything covered

By Andy Benoit

3 DETROIT LIONS

A new coordinator and a front four loaded with first-round talent must elevate a disappointing defense

By Andy Benoit

4 MINNESOTA VIKINGS

New coach Mike Zimmer has the players he needs up front to sugar the A gaps and reinvigorate the D

By Andy Benoit

1 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Swashbuckling fans will adore new coach Lovie Smith's D—especially when it sails this team into the playoffs

By Andy Benoit

2 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

One weapon in the backfield is gone, but he won't be missed much in a well-designed offensive attack

By Andy Benoit

3 ATLANTA FALCONS

After an atypically awful season, they reaped a draft windfall. How much could it help? Remember the Alamo?

By Andy Benoit

4 CAROLINA PANTHERS

On the rise the past few seasons, they have huge holes on offense that could easily cause them to plunge

By Andy Benoit

1 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

The reigning champions look primed to repeat, and it's because their defense puts its safeties first

By Andy Benoit

2 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

The next step for a team that for the past two years has verged on domination? A new passing attack

By Andy Benoit

3 ARIZONA CARDINALS

A dangerous defense combines boatloads of talent with a design that is brilliantly deceptive

By Andy Benoit

4 ST. LOUIS RAMS

Another draft, yet another direction. That's cause for alarm as the clock ticks on the Jeff Fisher era

By Andy Benoit

THE DANGER ZONE

On every snap, whether run or pass, offensive linemen have their backs to the action. What they can't see can hurt them

By Tim Layden

POINT AFTER

Football's Far East Division

By Michael Rosenberg

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Leading Off

Bronx Bummer

Thanks in part to a barren farm system, the Yankees' post-Jeter years will look a lot like the shortstop's farewell season: not very bountiful

By Tom Verducci

Pro Forma?

Mo'ne's chances for the majors

By Alexandra Fenwick

Bear Market

Former All-Pro safety Gary Fencik is now a star in the financial world

By Rich Cohen

Summer of (Kevin) Love

Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer—and of sports' supposed slow season. These five athletes each had a few months to remember, if not always for the sunniest of reasons

HOT | NOT

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Nominate Now

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... The Big Lawsuit

By Bob Litan