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  1. Bruce Arians leads midseason coach-of-the-year rankings - NFL

    Mike Sando

    Who has been the best coach in the NFL this season? Mike Sando ranks the top five, leading with Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

    Story | Conversation | November 04, 2014
  2. Teams most likely to return to playoffs

    Mike Sando

    The first Super Bowl in the New York metropolitan area features two teams from far, far away. That is fitting because the West teams were best in 2013. While six of the eight NFL teams from the AFC West and NFC West finished with winning records, the...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  3. Defense still key for NFL champions?

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced each other in the 2013 preseason, I remember thinking the game had a regular-season feel to it. There was an edge to both teams that felt misplaced for August. Peyton Manning and Russell W...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  4. How Panthers can take the next step

    Mike Sando

    The Carolina Panthers took a giant step forward in 2013 and changed perceptions in the process. Coach Ron Rivera ditched his play-not-to-lose reputation, embracing a "Riverboat Ron" persona reflecting greater comfort with calculated risks. Quarterbac...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  5. Harvin key to Seattle's Super Bowl hopes

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- Percy Harvin might not remember much from his return to the Seattle Seahawks following an extended injury layoff. Harvin might not want to remember much after the New Orleans Saints roughed him up repeatedly during the Seahawks' 23-15 vict...

    Blog | January 11, 2014
  6. Five secrets of the NFL this season

    Mike Sando

    The Oakland Raiders could not stop Peyton Manning from breaking the NFL's single-season record for passing yardage as the 2013 season concluded Sunday. Their best hope came not on the field but from the league's official statistician, which ultimatel...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  7. 2013's biggest game-changers

    Mike Sando

    The Green Bay Packers needed 8 yards for a first down and roughly 20 to get comfortably into range for the go-ahead field goal try with a playoff berth on the line at Chicago on Sunday. What they got instead was one of the more memorable plays in tea...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  8. Best available head-coaching jobs

    Mike Sando

    With five NFL teams -- the Browns, Lions, Titans, Redskins and Vikings-- looking for head coaches as of Saturday afternoon, it's time to update our rankings showing which destinations candidates should find most appealing. The list will surely gro...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  9. NFL's 10 best-positioned teams for 2014

    Mike Sando

    Imagine your disbelief if an NFL clairvoyant had told you back in August that Rex Ryan would salvage his job, Gary Kubiak would lose his and the Cleveland Browns would dump Rob Chudzinski less than one calendar year into his tenure. Imagine if som...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  10. Best 'breakthrough' coaching candidates

    Mike Sando

    The NFL divides into distinct groups once the regular season runs its course. While 12 teams prepare for the playoffs, others line up candidates to fill newly created head coaching vacancies. The contrast is striking given the narrow line that someti...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  11. Cowboys need better long-term QB plan

    Mike Sando

    The Dallas Cowboys appeared to have everything on the line in Week 17. Their elimination game against the Philadelphia Eagles was going to further shape quarterback Tony Romo's legacy while providing owner Jerry Jones with another opportunity to eval...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  12. Ranking Week 17's biggest games

    Mike Sando

    Week 17, also known as Super Bowl week in Dallas, is going to be a wild one not just in Texas, but across the NFL. At least 10 teams will fight for five playoff berths, four teams will claim division titles and, in a shocker, Seattle might not be one...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  13. Ranking potential coaching openings

    Mike Sando

    Mike Shanahan coached two Super Bowl winners in Denver before taking the Washington Redskins to the playoffs last season. Quarterback Robert Griffin III challenged Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson for NFL rookie honors. It should be nearly impossibl...

    Blog | December 21, 2013
  14. Quinn for Defensive Player of the Year

    Mike Sando

    There was no debate in selecting the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year for 2012. There was Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, and then way down below there was everyone else. Watt led the league in sacks with 20.5 and had more pass breakups...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  15. NFL's five most disappointing teams

    Mike Sando

    The NFL is filled with success stories this season. Philip Rivers has been reborn in San Diego. Ron Rivera has rewritten his Carolina legacy. Kansas City and Arizona are a combined 19-8 after going 7-25 last season. Green Bay is in the playoff pictur...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  16. Solving the Bears' QB conundrum

    Mike Sando

    Coach Marc Trestman and the rest of the Chicago Bears' leadership might not know or particularly care where the team stood at quarterback before Jay Cutler arrived in 2009. That is ancient history in a league in which coaches can be lucky to get even...

    Blog | December 14, 2013