By Barbara Harrison

It has been a long time since Sports Illustrated has given us cutting-edge NFL coverage.

Dan Jenkins was a master at slicing up and dicing the so-called geniuses who run the franchises, not to mention the players.

But more than 40 years ago, he wrote “Semi-Tough” — a laugh-at-loud description of what the NFL is all about — and since then SI has reverted to what Jenkins once called it:

The Four-Color-Scrapbook for the Two-Yacht Family.

Now SI’s NFL coverage is entrusted to the boring mind and tedious writing of Peter King, the master of the Conventional Wisdom.

Check this excerpt from King recent post on

2. The reincarnation of Sam Bradford. Chip Kelly better know what he’s doing. (Somehow, I don’t think that’s the first time that’s been said this off-season.) In the 31 months since New Year’s Day 2013, Bradford, the first pick in the 2010 draft, has played seven football games. He’s lost four. His 2013 and 2014 seasons were both ended by a torn ACL. Kelly acquired Bradford from the Rams in March, then tried like crazy to trade for Marcus Mariota six weeks later. And so this is a mildly important training camp for Bradford. And for Kelly.

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