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  1. Can Steelers contend minus the run?

    Mike Sando

    Maurkice Pouncey is one of the few NFL offensive linemen with the quickness to pull around the formation from the center position. He is a driving force behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' renewed efforts to run the football this season using z...

    Blog | September 09, 2013
  2. Securing Super Bowl latest 49ers triumph

    Mike Sando

    The Super Bowl is coming to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in 2016, the latest victory for the organization. The announcement, delivered by the NFL on Tuesday, was expected because South Florida's efforts had faltered. That should not dimini...

    Blog | May 21, 2013
  3. Fun with Revis, the story that won't go away

    Mike Sando

    Acquiring Darrelle Revis and making the cornerback one of their highest-paid players would complicate the San Francisco 49ers' efforts to manage and replenish what was the NFL's highest-priced defense last season. For that reason, and because Revi...

    Blog | March 05, 2013
  4. Strong HOF field makes DeBartolo wait

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- A strong contingent of newly eligible Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists complicated efforts to settle on five modern-era enshrinees for 2013. I was among the 46 selectors for a fourth year and can tell you it's extremely difficult...

    Blog | February 02, 2013
  5. Rating the 49ers' most athletic players

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- ESPN.com's Dan Graziano had some fun asking San Francisco 49ers players to name the best athletes on the team. Aldon Smith went with ... Aldon Smith. That came as no surprise to me. In an effort to loosen up Smith during Super Bo...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  6. How offenses fared against base defenses

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley disparaged efforts from the Detroit Lions' defensive line Sunday night. Staley claimed the Lions got only "cheap" pressures on the quarterback. That comment made me wonder whether NFC West teams were g...

    Blog | September 17, 2012
  7. Under-the-radar moves revisited: Seahawks

    Mike Sando

    Revisiting three under-the-radar moves for the Seattle Seahawks to see how well these June storylines are holding up: 1. Signing Jason Jones. The Seahawks signed Jones to a one-year deal in free agency in an effort to upgrade their inside pass-rus...

    Blog | August 20, 2012
  8. Around the NFC West: Seeking QB and LT

    Mike Sando

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Good morning, NFC West. This final week of Arizona Cardinals training camp begins with efforts to determine which left tackle will protect which quarterback's blind side. It doesn't get much bigger than that for an offense. I'l...

    Blog | August 20, 2012
  9. Running into a human wall -- on purpose

    Mike Sando

    Experienced NFL quarterbacks know an unfavorable matchup when they see one. Instead of running the ball into a stacked front, they'll change the play to something more favorable. The St. Louis Rams plan to do this to an extent, but in an effort...

    Blog | August 17, 2012
  10. Mailbag: Playoff performance for the ages

    Mike Sando

    Statistics alone could not measure Kellen Winslow's epic 166-yard receiving performance for the San Diego Chargers in January 1982. The effort, delivered during an overtime victory against Miami, included Winslow blocking a field-goal try as regul...

    Blog | July 23, 2012
  11. No joke: Lutui goes vegan for health of it

    Mike Sando

    Turns out Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wasn't joking Friday. Deuce Lutui, the team's new guard with longstanding weight issues, has indeed embraced a vegan diet as part of a renewed effort to improve his health and performance. "The comm...

    Blog | May 07, 2012
  12. First impressions: 2012 49ers draft

    Mike Sando

    First impressions on the San Francisco 49ers' performance in the 2012 NFL draft: What I liked: The 49ers, having already kept together one of the NFL's most dominant defenses in free agency, made a concerted effort to improve on offense. Their fir...

    Blog | April 29, 2012
  13. Which teams can maximize trading down

    Mike Sando

    Trading down in the NFL draft to acquire additional picks sounds good in theory. Sometimes, it's tough finding a trading partner. Other times, sacrificing quality for quantity hurts a team's prospects. But in every case, making an effort to tra...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  14. Great, another Rams stadium lease story

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams cast their relocation of three home games to London as an effort to strengthen the team's brand internationally. The move also appeared consistent with efforts to leverage stadium improvements from the St. Louis Convention and V...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  15. Sando's best guesses: Week 17 predictions

    Mike Sando

    I predict this will be the final week of NFC West regular-season predictions for 2011. There, finally got one right. So much for my thinly-veiled efforts to will the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals toward Week 16 victories and a potentia...

    Blog | December 30, 2011
  16. NFC West penalty watch: 49ers-Hawks ref

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- Veteran referee Ron Winter gets the call for the San Francisco 49ers' game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. My periodic efforts to find meaning in officiating stats have led to the following chart. Hank Gargiulo of ESP...

    Blog | December 24, 2011