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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the Carolina Panthers' locker room this week, players floated all the diplomatic balloons about seeing Sean McDermott again. For sure, the Panthers miss their old defensive coordinator, but they're thrilled with successor Steve Wilks and the rest of the staff. Why, of course, they're looking forward to saying hello to McDermott on Sunday, when …

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What's the national media saying? Here's a roundup of stories involving the Buffalo Bills. 1. Which fanbase dislikes the Patriots the most? Bills fans may feel like they have a hold on this title, but according to a SurveyMonkey Audience poll on fandom commissioned by the website FiveThirtyEight, fans of six teams hate the Patriots even more than Bills fans. The …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Imagine all those football dreamers who grew up in the system, from Pop Warner through high school and into college stadiums, to maybe get a shot at the NFL. All those snaps and whistles and twisted joints and bruises from cracking pads and chasing, chasing, chasing. What must they think when they look at Chris Manhertz? He participated in an N…

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…