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  1. Final 2013 preseason QB snap counts

    Mike Sando

    Six projected starting quarterbacks played in their teams' final exhibition games of the 2013 preseason. The Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson and the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick were two of them, and both led touchdown drives before exiting...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  2. Updated: 2013 preseason QB snap counts

    Mike Sando

    NFL teams have played their most important snaps of the 2013 exhibition season now that every team has played at least three games. This becomes a good time to check out how many snaps each projected starting quarterback has played. The players li...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  3. Going the distance with Palmer, other QBs

    Mike Sando

    Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians envisions new quarterback Carson Palmer using a strong arm to strike well down the field in 2013. "Having seen him throw it downfield so many times over the years, as good as it gets," Arians told reporters dur...

    Blog | April 03, 2013
  4. Key points as Arizona lands Carson Palmer

    Mike Sando

    What comes to mind after the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals agreed on a trade sending Carson Palmer to Arizona: The price: The Cardinals are sending a 2013 sixth-round pick (176th overall) and a 2014 seventh-rounder (conditional on Palmer ...

    Blog | April 02, 2013
  5. NFC West QB play mostly on rise lately

    Mike Sando

    The past few weeks have been mostly better ones for NFC West quarterbacks. The San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith completed 18 of 19 passes with three touchdowns in Week 8. Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson has seven TD passes with one interc...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  6. Around the NFC West: Revisiting Bradford

    Mike Sando

    Our recent item asking tough questions about St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has some company heading into Week 10. Former NFL assistant Rick Venturi punctuated his season-to-date film grades for the Rams' offense with specifics on Bradfor...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  7. Every scoring defense ranks among top five

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams rank second through fifth in fewest points allowed through Week 6. That's a big change from this point last season, when only the San Francisco 49ers ranked among the top 18 in that category. The 49ers were second then, followed in ...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  8. Syncing up head coaches and QBs

    Mike Sando

    Sometimes it takes a while for head coach and quarterback to come into alignment. Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith clicked right away in San Francisco. Smith has become an extension of the coaching staff, as reflected the way he manages risks. Smit...

    Blog | September 13, 2012
  9. Four fantasy nuggets, from Fitz to Lynch

    Mike Sando

    Four quick notes, one per NFC West team, from KC Joyner's newly published 2012 fantasy guide: St. Louis Rams: Steven Jackson can still make the most of good blocking. Jackson averaged 8.7 yards per carry, second only to Reggie Bush, when the Rams...

    Blog | June 28, 2012
  10. Explaining Cards' defensive improvement

    Mike Sando

    Many factors could be contributing to the Arizona Cardinals' dramatic defensive improvement over the past six games: Learning a new system. This narrative blames early-season struggles on adopting a new scheme with a first-year coordinator (Ray H...

    Blog | December 15, 2011
  11. Final Word: NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 10: Stepping up in class. The 2011 49ers have faced two quarterbacks with Pro Bowls on their resumes. Those two quarterbacks, Tony Romo and Michael Vick, combined to complete 50 of 79 passes for 761 yards with ...

    Blog | November 11, 2011
  12. Alex Cool? Smith leads NFL in comebacks

    Mike Sando

    Grading Alex Smith's play during the San Francisco 49ers' 6-1 start has become one of the more fascinating pursuits of this 2011 NFC West season. Smith, long a divisive subject among 49ers fans, remains one even during the team's best start since ...

    Blog | November 02, 2011
  13. How quarterbacks perform under 'duress'

    Mike Sando

    A few notes and observations regarding how NFC West quarterbacks have performed when under duress, defined by ESPN Stats & Information as situations when defensive pressure forced players to throw early, off-balance or when they were getting hit:...

    Blog | October 20, 2011
  14. XTRA910 audio: NFC West Week 5

    Mike Sando

    Thanks to XTRA Sports 910 AM for making available audio from our weekly NFC West conversation Friday. We covered all four teams in the division. The Arizona Cardinals' game at Minnesota gives quarterback Kevin Kolb one last chance before the by...

    Blog | October 07, 2011
  15. Mike Sando's MVP Watch

    Mike Sando

    Larry Fitzgerald answered the MVP question before I could finish asking it. "That's a no-brainer," he said from the Arizona Cardinals' locker room this week. "Is it even close right now?" Not really. Aaron Rodgers tightened his grip on the t...

    Blog | October 05, 2011
  16. 2011 Cardinals Week 4: Five observations

    Mike Sando

    Five things I noticed while watching the Arizona Cardinals during their 31-27 home defeat to the New York Giants: Ray Horton wasn't lying. The Cardinals' defensive coordinator promised to blitz. He sent seven pass-rushers after Eli Manning when t...

    Blog | October 04, 2011