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  1. Fisher thinks less could be more for Rams

    Mike Sando

    NFL players won concessions regarding their offseason workloads when negotiating the current labor agreement. At least one NFL coach seems to sympathize with the cause. Jeff Fisher sees no reason his St. Louis Rams players should participate in a ...

    Blog | May 12, 2013
  2. As American as apple pie and ... sorry, Mom

    Mike Sando

    Twenty-three of 32 NFL teams have rookie minicamps scheduled for Mother's Day (May 12). Every team is off for Father's Day (June 16). What, are a bunch of men running the NFL? Yes, with the occasional exception. Blame the labor negotiators f...

    Blog | May 06, 2013
  3. Labor agreement gets 'credit' for QB camps

    Mike Sando

    NFC West quarterbacks have a relatively strong recent tradition of offseason leadership. The St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford and the San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith organized their teammates for workouts during the 2011 NFL lockout. The 49ers' Colin ...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  4. Around the NFC West: Welcoming real refs

    Mike Sando

    Labor peace on the officiating front means NFL teams can go back to despising the regular officials. How sweet. Some fans have asked which referees will be working the various NFC West games in Week 4. I don't know the answers yet. Teams genera...

    Blog | September 27, 2012
  5. Three quick thoughts on replacement refs

    Mike Sando

    What comes to mind after the NFL announced it would seek replacement officials in the absence of a new labor agreement with the NFL Referees Association: There's plenty of time for a resolution. We're 96 days away from the regular-season opener. ...

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  6. Saturday notes around the NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Good morning (yes, it's still morning here on the West Coast). A few notes and thoughts from around the NFC West on the first Saturday in June: How routine have rookie draft-choice signings become under the new labor agreement? So routine that I ...

    Blog | June 02, 2012
  7. Mailbag: Draft-pick signings no issue

    Mike Sando

    If only the NFL's current labor deal had been in place when Andre Wadsworth, Chris McIntosh, Michael Crabtree and so many other rookies from current NFC West teams missed valuable training camp time. Teams no longer must worry about draft choices ...

    Blog | June 01, 2012
  8. Around the NFC West: Bradford healthy

    Mike Sando

    NFL players won on the lifestyle front in their most recent labor negotiations. They succeeded in pushing back an offseason that had encroached on their recovery time as teams sought competitive advantages through year-round preparation. Those ...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  9. Looks like 49ers, Smith could use deadline

    Mike Sando

    Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers face no looming deadline for a contract agreement. That could help explain why negotiations seem to lack urgency. The NFL's labor agreement prevents players from entering into football preparations with co...

    Blog | March 20, 2012
  10. Fisher wants more prep time for Bradford

    Mike Sando

    NFL players won lifestyle concessions from team owners during the most recent labor negotiations. Some of those concessions aren't sitting well with first-year St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher. "We would love to have our quarterback upstairs an...

    Blog | March 14, 2012
  11. Survival mode: Saints hammer Alex Smith

    Mike Sando

    So much for emphasizing player safety. Alex Smith, making his first exhibition start under a labor agreement featuring added protections for players, took a brutal pounding Friday night. The New Orleans Saints hit him hard on each of the 49ers'...

    Blog | August 12, 2011
  12. Delayed practices: Rams follow trend

    Mike Sando

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The St. Louis Rams have joined their NFC West rivals and other teams around the league in moving back their Thursday practice to later in the day. The scheduling changes are designed to allow newly signed players a chance to pr...

    Blog | August 04, 2011
  13. Camp Confidential: Seattle Seahawks

    Mike Sando

    RENTON, Wash. -- NFL training camps aren't what they used to be now that players have secured day-spa treatment from coaches under the new labor agreement. Still, teams aren't practicing in slippers and robes ... yet. Earl Thomas, the Seattle ...

    Blog | August 03, 2011
  14. Around the NFC West: Willis likes changes

    Mike Sando

    Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will not miss fewer padded practices. Willis on protections written into the new labor agreement: "Honestly, I'm glad they put that in there. At the end of the day, we're...

    Blog | July 27, 2011
  15. Rams not yet sweating Quinn's agent tiff

    Mike Sando

    The NFL's pending labor agreement streamlined the signing process for draft choices. Players will still need agents to negotiate for them. In dispute: whether and how St. Louis Rams first-round choice Robert Quinn can change agents just as team...

    Blog | July 26, 2011
  16. Rule hits Hasselbeck, Smith, possibly Kolb

    Mike Sando

    The new NFL labor agreement will not let players without contracts for 2011 practice before Aug. 4 upon signing new deals. As a result, hundreds of pending free agents will have to wait even longer before getting on the field following the four-mo...

    Blog | July 25, 2011