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  1. Bill Belichick the GM is to blame for New England Patriots' woes ...

    Mike Sando

    Bill Belichick is the best coach in the NFL, but it's his own failings as a general manager that have put the Patriots in a bad spot on offense, writes Mike Sando. It could cause them to squander Tom Brady's final few years.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2014
  2. Ranking the five biggest Week 1 surprise teams by staying power -...

    Mike Sando

    Which of the surprise winners from Week 1 -- the Bills, Dolphins, Falcons, Titans and Vikings -- has the best chance to make the playoffs this season? Mike Sando ranks all five, then weighs in with notes from the Lions-Giants Monday night game.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2014
  3. Andrew Luck, Jadeveon Clowney among ideal players to build around...

    Mike Sando

    If you could start an NFL roster with any 10 current players, whom would you choose? Mike Sando makes his picks with the help of Bill Polian and a current NFL GM.

    Story | Conversation | August 28, 2014
  4. Ranking the 32 NFL head coaches into tiers

    Mike Sando

    Mike Sando had 30 NFL insiders grade every current NFL head coach by tier, then ranked them 1-32. Here are the results.

    Story | Conversation | August 26, 2014
  5. Can Watkins, Green elevate their QBs?

    Mike Sando

    The Buffalo Bills succinctly explained why they paid so much for the chance to draft Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins two weeks ago. "This game is about making plays and surrounding our quarterback with playmakers," general manager Doug Whaley said....

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  6. Offseason grades for every NFL team

    Mike Sando

    The 2014 NFL draft is finished and free agency has pretty much run its course. Rosters aren't quite set for training camp, but they're close enough to hand out letter grades for front offices based on offseason work completed to this point. Bill P...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Five most challenging NFL offseasons

    Mike Sando

    It was June 1995 when news broke that Raiders owner Al Davis would move the team back to Oakland from Los Angeles. I'd grown up in Northern California, so the happy news stirred in my mind images of the team's rich history: Ghost to the Post, Sea of ...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  9. Before you bury the Jim Caldwell hire ...

    Mike Sando

    The Detroit Lions offered what many around the NFL thought was one of the two best coaching opportunities this offseason, rivaled only by what Houston could offer. Their next head coach was going to benefit from stable ownership, a relatively new sta...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  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. 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
  12. NFL's top five building-block players

    Mike Sando

    Building a championship NFL team is a challenging enterprise. The draft and free agency offer limited opportunities. Great players are scarce, and great quarterbacks scarcer. If you happen to draft first when Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck is availabl...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  13. Packers can win despite potential losses

    Mike Sando

    During a key third-and-6 play at Baltimore in Week 6, Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy missed his block in blitz pickup. As a result, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to improvise, and fast. Rodgers escaped a collapsing pocket and ran for 12 yards. I...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  14. Where Alex Smith and Tom Brady align

    Mike Sando

    While Peyton Manning and the unbeaten Denver Broncos set passing records by the week, the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots have combined to go 9-1 by other means. Their passing stats, which mirror each other, are modest through ...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  15. 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
  16. On Carson Palmer's 4,000-yard season

    Mike Sando

    Years ago, conventional wisdom would have applauded Carson Palmer for topping 4,000 yards passing with the Oakland Raiders last season. Now, conventional wisdom has evolved to the point where mainstream analysis discounts those 4,000 yards because...

    Blog | August 05, 2013