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Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate. Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation. The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed. The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …

One of the favorite parts of my job is when an interview takes an unexpected turn that makes me think about the game in a different way or leads to questions I hadn't pondered before. That happened during a recent conversation I had with University of Georgia coach Mark Richt about his old friend, Jim Kelly. The story for which I interviewed Richt ran in Friday's edition…

BATAVIA -- Howard Schnellenberger leaned back in the sun at Terry Hills Golf Club, rolled a cigar in his fingers and recalled the time he named Jim Kelly the Miami Hurricanes' starting quarterback. They were staggering along at 3-4 in 1979, unable to win consecutive games. They lost to Division I-AA Florida A&M. Schnellenberger had been working Kelly into the offense…

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This story was originally published April 26, 2014. EAST BRADY, Pa. — Chris Weibel wanted Jim Kelly’s life. Weibel grew up 15 years behind Kelly in this tiny borough tucked inside an elbow of the Allegheny River. Weibel played quarterback, too, and admired Kelly’s implausible journey from East Brady to the University of Miami to the Buffalo Bills to four straight Sup…