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FOR JAN. 29--FEB. 5, 2018

FRIENDS WITH (ON-FIELD) BENEFITS

Jenny Vrentas's story on the friendship of Bill Belichick and Nick Saban was a great read, but it failed to answer one important question: Does Saban give preferential reports on college prospects to his old friend or does he treat every NFL team the same?

Jerry Soifer

Corona, Calif.

The first NFL game I attended was in Cleveland during that 1994 season. I knew I had seen the man who turned out to be the greatest coach in pro football history that day. What I didn't realize until now was that the greatest college coach of all time was on the sideline that day too.

Brock Smith

Horsepen, Va.

HAND OF GOD PART II

Greg Bishop's plaudits for the Patriots are understandable. His prose recapping the AFC championship game conjured up a Sistine-like image of God in heaven, reaching out to touch Tom Brady's thumb. But for heaven's sake, if you must deify the Pats, at least do so after giving the Jaguars and their fan base the courtesy of briefly describing the team's accomplishments.

Marco Rand

Jacksonville

WHO IS THIS GUY?

I wondered on what basis Andy Benoit justifies his assertion that Eagles coach Doug Pederson "stumbled upon" the right plan for quarterback Nick Foles and the Philadelphia offense against the Vikings. Pederson, who coached the Eagles to the best record in the NFL despite losing five key players to injuries, deserves better than Benoit's demeaning assessment.

Hank McNeil

Philadelphia

STADE OF THE ART

I enjoyed Tim Rohan's piece detailing the evolution of NFL stadium design and the role of Dallas-based HKS Architects in creating some of the league's fascinating facilities. But his repeated references to HKS having "built" these marvels overlooks the employees, partners and subcontractors of the construction companies that actually built these stadiums.

David Oellerich

Tampa

MAKING AN IMPACT

Reading about the sexual abuse endured by Larry Nassar's victims was difficult, but I can't even imagine how hard it was for these women to go out there and compete. They are all nothing short of amazing. Hopefully the lesson we learn from this is that when a young person speaks up about abuse, we will listen, take it seriously and provide all the help victims need.

Steve Tarbert

Sequim, Wash.

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