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  1. 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
  2. If Bill Walsh had coached the Seahawks

    Mike Sando

    Dave Boling's profile of former Seattle Seahawks owner John Nordstrom is worth a read for many reasons. One stands out in an NFC West context: confirmation that former Cincinnati Bengals coach Paul Brown made it tough for Bill Walsh to find a head co...

    Blog | June 16, 2013
  3. 49ers' Bill Walsh second to (almost) no one

    Mike Sando

    Bill Walsh checks in at No. 2 on ESPN's list of Greatest Coaches in NFL History, leaving the as-yet-unnamed Vince Lombardi as the obvious No. 1. Walsh, of course, led the San Francisco 49ers to three of their five Super Bowl victories. He revived ...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  4. Walsh, Lombardi and the NFC West

    Mike Sando

    It's looking like Vince Lombardi or Bill Walsh will claim the top spot in ESPN's ongoing series ranking the greatest head coaches in NFL history. The third through 20th spots have been assigned, with Don Shula coming in at No. 3. Winning percen...

    Blog | June 09, 2013
  5. Nerds' revenge? Their win probability is up

    Mike Sando

    BOSTON -- Five years ago, San Francisco 49ers fans weary of losing might have cringed seeing team executive Paraag Marathe representing them on a "Revenge of the Nerds" panel put on by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Marathe himself might h...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  6. Randy Moss the greatest? Let's discuss

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- One day after San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took on President Barack Obama, receiver Randy Moss challenged Jerry Rice's status as the NFL's greatest receiver. Wait, weren't the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens supposed to be ...

    Blog | January 29, 2013
  7. Great read on the 49ers' greatest coach

    Mike Sando

    Bill Walsh, the San Francisco 49ers' greatest coach and perhaps the NFL's as well, agonized when the team he built won a Super Bowl without him. That is how miserable Walsh felt following his retirement from the game. That misery can be a shared o...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  8. First look at Hall of Fame semifinalists

    Mike Sando

    Seven of 27 recently announced semifinalists for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class have ties to current NFC West franchises. The full list is available here. A few resources on the seven in question: Roger Craig: The San Francisco 49ers...

    Blog | December 01, 2012
  9. Around the NFC West: All things Manning

    Mike Sando

    Thank you, Indianapolis Colts, for at least temporarily changing the subject from bounties to where Peyton Manning might play next. Arizona and Seattle have quickly emerged as teams with interest in the soon-to-be-released Colts quarterback. Bo...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  10. Around the NFC West: Lining up trade fast

    Mike Sando

    Good morning. I'm back from the NFL scouting combine and ready for free agency, which unfortunately does not begin until March 13. The gap between the combine and free agency was once shorter. Years ago, the combine became that time when teams lin...

    Blog | February 28, 2012
  11. Chat wrap: Peyton Manning edition

    Mike Sando

    A certain not-yet-available quarterback nearly overshadowed Super Bowl week. Overshadowing other subjects during the latest NFC West chat was easy by comparison. And predictable. And welcome, actually. Few subjects can compete with Peyton Manning pot...

    Blog | February 09, 2012
  12. Jim Harbaugh joins NFC West short list

    Mike Sando

    One of our blog regulars, joe_cool585, correctly points out an omission from the NFC West blog recently. Jim Harbaugh's naming as the NFL's top coach, as declared by Associated Press voters, got insufficient play here during Pro Football Hall of F...

    Blog | February 07, 2012
  13. Thoughts on Kennedy and 2012 Hall class

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Thirteen modern-era NFL players were finalists for enshrinement Saturday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only one was named offensive or defensive player of the year during his career. That was the Seattle Seahawks' Cortez Ken...

    Blog | February 04, 2012
  14. Around the NFC West: Largent to Fitzgerald

    Mike Sando

    The NFC lost in the Pro Bowl by a 59-41 count Sunday despite three touchdown receptions by Larry Fitzgerald. Consider it a sign of the times. Thirty-three years earlier, Seattle's Steve Largent tied what was then a Pro Bowl record with five cat...

    Blog | January 30, 2012
  15. Around the NFC West: Poignant 49ers story

    Mike Sando

    Conventional wisdom says the San Francisco 49ers need to score touchdowns, not field goals, to defeat the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs Saturday. But if the 49ers play the game their way, on their terms, they'll win with David Aker...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  16. Around the NFC West: What's the point?

    Mike Sando

    There was a point during Steve Spagnuolo's postgame news conference Monday night when his comments begged for elaboration. The St. Louis Rams' coach was trying to explain some of the team's curious play calling near the goal line during a 30-13 de...

    Blog | December 13, 2011