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  1. Ranking contenders by QB dependence

    Mike Sando

    The days when the San Francisco 49ers could switch quarterbacks at midseason and still reach the Super Bowl feel increasingly distant with each Blaine Gabbert misfire during the 2014 preseason. Gabbert averaged 2.4 yards per attempt on 25 passes thro...

    Blog | August 23, 2014
  2. Ranking QBs most deserving of new deals

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers had some options with quarterback Colin Kaepernick after watching him suffer three game-changing turnovers in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship Game defeat this past season. They could have made him play out his roo...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  3. Forecasting success for 'crossroads' QBs

    Mike Sando

    Bill Walsh said he needed two years to know Joe Montana would be the San Francisco 49ers' franchise quarterback. Walsh's coaching understudy, Mike Holmgren, generally thought the third year was when a starting quarterback should hit stride. Waitin...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  4. Darrelle Revis' value, potential team fits

    Mike Sando

    Two decades ago, the San Francisco 49ers had reached three NFC Championship Games in a four-year window without winning a Super Bowl. Instead of staying the course, they moved aggressively to sign Deion Sanders, then the game's best cover cornerback....

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  5. Is 49ers' championship window closing?

    Mike Sando

    A high-ranking NFL personnel evaluator I ran across at the NFL scouting combine Thursday morning said he was hearing sensational stories about the San Francisco 49ers. He would not elaborate because the stories were unsubstantiated, but we can assume...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  6. Best, likeliest team fits for Johnny Manziel

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Before Jim Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship Games, he recruited a range of quarterbacks to Stanford University. Harbaugh couldn't have done much better than Andrew Luck, but three years af...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  7. The Niners' Kaepernick dilemma

    Mike Sando

    Colin Kaepernick has a 21-8 record with four playoff victories and one Super Bowl appearance since becoming the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback during the 2012 season. Not everyone loves everything about his game, but it's tough finding qua...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Seahawks hold edge in rivalry with 49ers

    Mike Sando

    The New England Patriots have set a standard for mind-numbing consistency with Bill Belichick on the sideline and Tom Brady behind center. They have won 75.4 percent of their regular-season and postseason games since 2001, Brady's first season as ...

    Blog | December 07, 2013
  11. Will Harbaugh, Carroll be elite coaches?

    Mike Sando

    Similarities between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers frame an increasingly intense, combative rivalry heading into their Week 2 stare-down Sunday night. Both teams have young, multidimensional quarterbacks. Both teams emphasize a power r...

    Blog | September 14, 2013
  12. The read-option overreaction - NFL

    Mike Sando

    Mike Sando writes why certain quarterbacks -- like Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson -- can make it work while others cannot. He also writes why the system is used much less than people think.

    Story | Conversation | September 07, 2013
  13. Taking stock of 2013 NFC West picks

    Mike Sando

    Eighty-six of the first 88 players drafted in 2013 remain on 53-man rosters entering Week 1. The two exceptions play for NFC West teams. The Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Cooper, chosen seventh overall, suffered a season-ending leg injury during pre...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  14. Cam Johnson and 49ers' draft planning

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers exchanged a 2012 seventh-round pick for 2013 fourth- and 2014 seventh-round picks Monday. That sounds like a pretty good deal and it's typical of the 49ers maximizing value. No one went into the 2013 draft with more picks than...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  15. Team-by-team breakdown on waiver awards

    Mike Sando

    The NFL awarded 45 players to other teams via waiver claims immediately following the mandatory reduction to 53-man roster limits Saturday. Most of the players probably will not play leading roles for their new teams. Some could develop over time....

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  16. Waiver claims and Cardinals' roster strength

    Mike Sando

    The NFL awarded two players to the Arizona Cardinals off waivers from the pool of players released on the mandatory NFL reduction from 75 to 53 players Saturday. Arizona was one of 11 teams to not have any of its own released players awarded to an...

    Blog | September 02, 2013