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  1. Advancing conversation on Bradford, 49ers

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner's recent comments complimenting St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford invites a closer look at some of the dynamics. I'll start by addressing a couple points made in the comments section of our earlier it...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  2. Closer look: Defensive starter projections

    Mike Sando

    We interrupt ongoing coverage of Michael Crabtree's surgically repaired Achilles tendon to continue our recent discussion on average ages for projected 2013 NFL starting lineups. Offense went first. Defense is up next. 2013 Starter Age Rank...

    Blog | May 23, 2013
  3. Closer look: Offensive starter projections

    Mike Sando

    Much thanks to @groomoo for delicately suggesting we take a more detailed look at the recently published average ages for projected NFL starters. 2013 Starter Age Rankings (Offense) Rank Team Avg. 1 Saints 28.95 2 T...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  4. QBR ranks: Kaepernick good til the end

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers had their chances in Super Bowl XLVII. They had four consecutive shots from the Baltimore 7-yard line or closer in the final minutes. They couldn't quite finish what would have been the greatest comeback in Supe...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  5. A closer look at Super Bowl referee

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Jerome Boger is the referee assigned to work Super Bowl XLVII. Don't yawn just yet. The NFL's handling of the assignment, while already under unprecedented scrutiny, will become a much bigger story if an officiating miscue influe...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  6. XTRA910 audio: Cardinals' candidates

    Mike Sando

    NFC playoff matchups consumed much of my weekly Friday conversation with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA Sports 910 AM. We also took a closer look at the Arizona Cardinals' search for a head coach. My feeling was that Arizona would be bes...

    Blog | January 04, 2013
  7. Close games and a closer NFC West race

    Mike Sando

    The Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers showed admirable close-game mettle last season. That's how it appeared, anyway. Scott Kacsmar, writing for, offers another view. Where the traditional football narrative sees resolve, Kacsm...

    Blog | August 28, 2012
  8. Closer look at Colin Kaepernick's long run

    Mike Sando

    There are no blockers or play-action fakes to deal with when prospective NFL athletes compete at the scouting combine each February. That helps explain why Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook could not catch San Francisco 49ers quarterback Col...

    Blog | August 11, 2012
  9. HOF12: Cant go wrong with these draftees

    Mike Sando

    CANTON, Ohio -- A Seattle Seahawks scouting contingent planned to visit the University of Miami for a closer look at Hurricanes cornerback Robert Bailey. "All of a sudden," Joe Vitt recalled, "when we put the film on, everyone had heard of Russell...

    Blog | August 03, 2012
  10. Closer look at 49ers' 2012 draft-day parlay

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers parlayed the 92nd and 125th picks in the 2012 NFL draft for the 117th and 180th choices, plus 2013 selections in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. That had to be one of the better value plays in the 2012 draft, the 49ers' ...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  11. Closer look: Coby Fleener and NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Seven NFL tight ends finished last season with at least 75 receptions. Six had at least seven touchdown receptions. Seven had at least two receptions of 40-plus yards. But none of them played for NFC West teams, an upset. 2011 Stanford Throws...

    Blog | April 09, 2012
  12. Kyle Williams' dad: 'Closer to criminal act'

    Mike Sando

    Listening to Gregg Williams implore New Orleans Saints players to target various San Francisco 49ers has triggered varied reactions. Randy Cross, retired 49ers offensive lineman and current analyst for Sirius radio, brushed off Williams' speech as...

    Blog | April 05, 2012
  13. What Cowboys-Giants means to NFC West

    Mike Sando

    The Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants to open the 2012 NFL regular season Sept. 5, a Wednesday. This will be the first regular-season game of the upcoming season. The NFL generally waits until closer to mid-April before announcing its fu...

    Blog | March 27, 2012
  14. NFL run-pass ratios for red zone and closer

    Mike Sando

    Sam Bradford's return to practice Saturday gives the St. Louis Rams some hope heading into their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Backup A.J. Feeley is all but out. The other quarterbacks, Tom Brandstater and Kellen Clemens, have...

    Blog | December 10, 2011
  15. QBR ranks: Should Seahawks try Portis?

    Mike Sando

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has gamely battled through a torn pectoral muscle suffered during an Oct. 9 victory over the New York Giants. Taking a closer look at Jackson's performance during a 23-17 defeat to Washington in Week 1...

    Blog | November 28, 2011
  16. Closer look at 49ers' field-position gains

    Mike Sando

    Nater from Iowa City asked about the San Francisco 49ers' high rankings in field position this season. He wondered how much of it had to do with punter Andy Lee, the team's turnover avoidance, etc. Mike Sando: The 49ers have helped their field pos...

    Blog | November 24, 2011