What is the next hot trend on the defensive side of the ball? That's hard to pinpoint, but one place to look is in the secondary, writes Len Pasquarelli.
One year after a Super Bowl appearance, another dark cloud is hovering over the Panthers franchise.
Coach John Fox, who inherited a Carolina team that won just one game in 2001 and two years later guided it to a Super Bowl berth, has reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension through the 2008 season.
Who will become the latest team to miss the playoffs one year and go to the Super Bowl the next?
Jake Delhomme's confidence and poise are a big reason the Panthers are in the Super Bowl.
The Panthers and Patriots have been helped by how well their coaches and front offices work together.
The Panthers and Patriots must avoid over-analyzing game plans with an extra week before the Super Bowl.
The Eagles could look very different next season, while the Panthers' success should pay off for John Fox.
Even though there are areas to address on both offense and defense, the Bucs should be Super Bowl contenders next year.
The Saints pull the only 'A' in the NFC, while the disappointing Rams might have to go to summer school.