Pat
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Browns fans will have to be patient with Johnny Manziel, not to mention a first-time GM and coach in Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine. Six wins is possible.
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There are stirrings of optimism in Buffalo, where a new defensive scheme and a rookie WR have fans excited. But these Bills will only go as far as EJ Manuel takes them.
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Geno Smith or Michael Vick could be the QB, and it might not matter. Rex Ryan will run the ball (hello, Chris Johnson) on offense and rely on stout front seven on D.
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Tom Brady's improved receivers (and Gronk!) put the Pats' no-huddle attack back in play, bad news for Pats' foes. Worse news? The Darrelle Revis-led, re-tooled secondary.
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Four clubs already have lost top LBs, like the Bills' Kiko Alonso. When the hitting starts, that number could rise, giving veteran free agents like Jonathan Vilma a new lease on life.
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No one feels secure right now in Tennessee, nor should they be until they prove themselves to new coach Ken Whisenhunt. You're on notice, Jake Locker.
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Roger Goodell is the NFL's most powerful man, but hardly the only one of noteworthy impact. From coaches and QBs to a judge, we rank the 10 most influential.
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Is all-star production transferable? Ten Pro Bowl players change teams, but only a few will find themselves in schemes that will get them back to the Pro Bowl.
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Forget all the talk about Tom Brady taking a step backward. Pat Kirwan ranks Brady at the top of his list of top 100 players because he succeeded against long odds in 2013.
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We know NFL head coaches will be fired after 2014. And coordinators like Pat Shurmur, Ray Horton and Darrell Bevell are among 10 prime candidates to fill some of those gigs.

Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
 
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