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  1. 49ers' Bill Walsh second to (almost) no one

    Mike Sando

    Bill Walsh checks in at No. 2 on ESPN's list of Greatest Coaches in NFL History, leaving the as-yet-unnamed Vince Lombardi as the obvious No. 1. Walsh, of course, led the San Francisco 49ers to three of their five Super Bowl victories. He revived ...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  2. Walsh, Lombardi and the NFC West

    Mike Sando

    It's looking like Vince Lombardi or Bill Walsh will claim the top spot in ESPN's ongoing series ranking the greatest head coaches in NFL history. The third through 20th spots have been assigned, with Don Shula coming in at No. 3. Winning percen...

    Blog | June 09, 2013
  3. Deacon Jones, 1938-2013

    Mike Sando

    Fearsome Foursome legend Deacon Jones' passing Monday at age 74 provides an opportunity to reflect upon one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. We'll do that beginning Tuesday. Jones, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 19...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  4. Great coaches without great quarterbacks?

    Mike Sando

    Jim from Albany, Ore., had no beefs with the "Greatest Coaches" ballot I submitted for the ESPN project. He did question the project itself, however. "It seems to me that a coach becomes 'great' only after he has a 'great' quarterback," Jim wrote ...

    Blog | June 02, 2013
  5. My ballot for 'Greatest Coaches' package

    Mike Sando

    Any ranking for the 20 greatest coaches in NFL history would leave off at least two of the 22 enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The ballot I submitted for our "Greatest Coaches" project left off eight of them: Guy Chamberlin, Jimmy Conze...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  6. NFL scouting combine preview: NFC West

    Mike Sando

    NFL Nation previews the 2013 scouting combine by identifying the most important thing for each team to learn about its greatest area of need. Arizona Cardinals: Quarterback is the most obvious and critical need area for the Cardinals. The team can...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  7. 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
  8. Quick look at Lewis, Willis and Bowman

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Super Bowl XLVII features arguably the greatest inside linebacker in NFL history (Ray Lewis) and the two best in the game today (Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman). Average Tackle Yardage Downfield Direction In Out All ...

    Blog | February 01, 2013
  9. Moss: No shouting match with Jerry Rice

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers receiver Randy Moss has no plans to escalate the debate sparked Tuesday by his claim to be the greatest receiver in NFL history. Instead, Moss calmly stuck to his position during interviews Wednesday morning from...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  10. No need for Rice to count rings in response

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Jerry Rice expressed surprise after hearing Randy Moss proclaim himself the greatest receiver in NFL history. Rice's response sounded unnecessarily emotional and personal coming from someone so widely accepted as the best to ever pl...

    Blog | January 29, 2013
  11. Randy Moss the greatest? Let's discuss

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- One day after San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took on President Barack Obama, receiver Randy Moss challenged Jerry Rice's status as the NFL's greatest receiver. Wait, weren't the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens supposed to be ...

    Blog | January 29, 2013
  12. Great read on the 49ers' greatest coach

    Mike Sando

    Bill Walsh, the San Francisco 49ers' greatest coach and perhaps the NFL's as well, agonized when the team he built won a Super Bowl without him. That is how miserable Walsh felt following his retirement from the game. That misery can be a shared o...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  13. Around the NFC West: Seahawks' progress

    Mike Sando

    What is shaping up as the greatest defense in Seattle Seahawks history wasn't going to defeat the Carolina Panthers by itself. It would need at least some help from an offense still in its formative stages. Quarterback Russell Wilson would have to...

    Blog | October 08, 2012
  14. Brady over Joe? With all due respect ...

    Mike Sando

    Marv Levy got it right back in 2008 when we asked him to identify the greatest quarterback in NFL history. "To try to say who was the greatest would be an injustice to so many others," the Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills coach said. That...

    Blog | September 01, 2012
  15. My ballot for top NFL playoff performances

    Mike Sando

    ESPN recently published a list of the 25 greatest playoff performances in NFL history. The ballot I submitted featured five performances for franchises currently aligned in the NFC West. It included three performances for the San Francisco 49ers a...

    Blog | June 23, 2012
  16. Video: On the 25 best playoff performances

    Mike Sando

    Steve Young, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Kurt Warner (twice) make appearances on our recently released list of 25 greatest individual playoff performances in NFL history. John Clayton and Jeff Chadiha joined me in submitting ballots. Chadiha an...

    Blog | June 20, 2012