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  1. Top 25 'must-sign' NFL free agents

    Mike Sando

    The stakes in NFL free agency would be so much higher this offseason if NaVorro Bowman, Kam Chancellor, Geno Atkins, Sean Lee, Clay Matthews, Percy Harvin and other headliners hadn't signed contract extensions keeping them off the market. Teams have ...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  2. The fear factor of Kam Chancellor

    Mike Sando

    Fear takes subtle forms in the NFL. An offense fearing dominant defensive linemen can assign additional blockers to mitigate the damage. A defense fearing a gifted receiver can roll its coverages. A quarterback fearful of an elite cornerback can dire...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  3. Ranking the Super Bowl contenders

    Mike Sando

    Peyton Manning went into the Denver Broncos' Sunday night game in chilly Foxborough, Mass., with a reputation for freezing in the cold. His teams had gone 4-3 over the past seven-plus seasons when the temperature at kickoff was colder than 40 degrees...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  4. Where Doucet ranks in dropped pass rate

    Mike Sando

    Arizona Cardinals receiver Early Doucet suffered three drops on 93 targets last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His drops per target percentage was 3.2, below the 4.4 average for all players. Doucet and teammate Rob Housler each...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  5. 'Best hands I've ever seen on a receiver'

    Mike Sando

    There's little sense in taking the bait when San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh tells a radio program Michael Crabtree "has the best hands I've ever seen on a wide receiver." Anyone with a strong grasp of NFL history would place Cris Carter, R...

    Blog | May 19, 2012
  6. Vernon Davis and NFL's top tight ends

    Mike Sando

    Eight of John Clayton's 10 best tight ends have one thing in common: a Pro Bowl quarterback. Vernon Davis, ranked fifth, was an exception. We hear quite a bit about tight ends taking pressure off quarterbacks, but it's tough for any tight end t...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  7. Trend taking cornerbacks to new heights

    Mike Sando

    John Clayton's piece on NFL trends singles out the Seattle Seahawks' big cornerbacks for their ability to match up against tight ends on occasion. Notable NFC West CBs by Height CB Team Ht. Brandon Browner SEA 6-4 Ric...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  8. Whew: Saints, 49ers sweep game-changers

    Mike Sando

    Back and forth the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints went until finally time ran out with the 49ers leading, 36-32. One of the more memorable games in NFL playoff history produced four lead changes in the final minutes. It also produced t...

    Blog | January 16, 2012
  9. Rapid Reaction: 49ers 36, Saints 32

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Thoughts after the San Francisco 49ers' 36-32 divisional playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday at Candlestick Park: What it means: The 49ers are headed to the NFC title game against the winner of the New York Gia...

    Blog | January 14, 2012
  10. Halftime thoughts as 49ers lead Saints

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- A few thoughts after watching the San Francisco 49ers take a 17-14 halftime lead against the New Orleans Saints in their divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park: The stands are as red as I can recall seeing them. The atmosph...

    Blog | January 14, 2012
  11. Personnel report: Saints vs. Aldon Smith

    Mike Sando

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aldon Smith, the San Francisco 49ers' 14-sack rookie pass-rusher, expects his playing time to increase Saturday against the New Orleans Saints' record-setting offense. This makes sense on the surface because the Saints are s...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  12. Getting a feel for the 49ers' locker room

    Mike Sando

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Reporters outnumbered players in the San Francisco 49ers' locker room before practice Tuesday. That was the obvious marker suggesting a playoff game awaited the 49ers for the first time since Alex Smith was an 18-year-old at ...

    Blog | January 10, 2012
  13. Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

    Mike Sando

    There will be no first-round playoff bye for the NFC West chat. Hope to see you there at 1 p.m. ET. All NFC West subjects are on the table. Here's one I ran across Thursday morning: Vernon Davis ranks tied for 79th in red zone targets this s...

    Blog | January 05, 2012
  14. Buckle up: Chancellor, Wilson break mold

    Mike Sando

    The Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor tower over the other strong safeties in the NFC this season. That is true not only in their accomplishments -- Wilson is a Pro Bowl starter, Chancellor a first alternate...

    Blog | December 28, 2011
  15. Video: NFC 411 on Seahawks' Doug Baldwin

    Mike Sando

    Doug Baldwin's 46 receptions for the Seattle Seahawks include 21 for successful conversions on third down, the third-highest total in the NFL. I touched on that and the information in the chart below for the NFC 411 videos we produced this week. T...

    Blog | December 22, 2011
  16. Around the NFC West: Bradford vs. Kolb

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford and Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb were supposed to give their teams an edge in the NFC West this season. They were the only quarterbacks in the division earning legitimate starter money. Both have struggled. Bot...

    Blog | November 01, 2011