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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Football Today: Hall of Fame snubs

    Mike Sando

    ESPN's Robert Flores, Jay Soderberg and I used the latest "Football Today" podcast to consider two subjects: Hall of Fame snubs and NFL teams whose championship windows are closing. Flores pointed to Ray Guy and asked about another former Raider,...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  7. Around the NFC West: Selective accounting

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers fans should take a look at what Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has to say about the NFC Championship Game. Ryan sat down with Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com to analyze key aspects of the game that vaulted San Francisco to ...

    Blog | June 18, 2013
  8. Ed Reed and 49ers' championship window

    Mike Sando

    Corey from Florida wants to know the likelihood of the San Francisco 49ers adding Ed Reed to replace Dashon Goldson. "And how strange is it that the Niners seem to love signing players from teams that defeated them the previous playoffs?" Corey as...

    Blog | March 12, 2013
  9. Steven Jackson and the Rams' trajectory

    Mike Sando

    Dan from Toledo, Ohio, has a problem with the implication that running back Steven Jackson would have a better shot of winning a championship by leaving the St. Louis Rams. Steven Jackson Stats Per Game Year 2008-2011 2012 Sn...

    Blog | March 08, 2013
  10. QB salaries and championship windows

    Mike Sando

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen has driven another nail into the Darrelle Revis-to-San Francisco coffin we constructed board by board by board by board. Let's turn our attention to a subject of greater import: the expanded windows San Francisco and Seattle...

    Blog | March 06, 2013
  11. Bright future little consolation for 49ers

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Say this about the San Francisco 49ers: They can take a punch. They can take a lot of them, in fact. And if a power outage gives them 34 minutes to clear the cobwebs, look out. But it's tough to win a championship playing the way San F...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  12. First-half thoughts as 49ers trail yet again

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers had to overcome a 24-14 halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. They'll need to overcome a 21-6 deficit against the Baltimore Ravens to win Super Bowl XLVII. Baltimore is pl...

    Blog | February 03, 2013
  13. 101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Quarterbacks are supposed to earn their money on third down. Some aren't willing to wait that long. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick took note of this after his team lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  14. Aldon Smith's quest to end sacks drought

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Aldon Smith was a disruptive force for the San Francisco 49ers during late, critical moments of the NFC Championship Game. The outside linebacker still hasn't collected a quarterback sack in five games and 52 days. That bothers him ...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  15. Pivotal plays: Bowman's breakup tops list

    Mike Sando

    NaVorro Bowman's fourth-and-4 pass breakup all but delivered the San Francisco 49ers to victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. The play was notable for a few reasons. Having Bowman, an inside linebacker, in coverage agai...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  16. Frank Gore's socks looked 'fine' to the NFL

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers players earned $40,000 for their participation in the NFC Championship Game. Make that $29,500 for running back Frank Gore. The NFL fined Gore the difference ($10,500) for a wearing his socks too low, which is in violation o...

    Blog | January 23, 2013