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  1. Five most challenging NFL offseasons

    Mike Sando

    It was June 1995 when news broke that Raiders owner Al Davis would move the team back to Oakland from Los Angeles. I'd grown up in Northern California, so the happy news stirred in my mind images of the team's rich history: Ghost to the Post, Sea of ...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  2. NFL's most important returning players

    Mike Sando

    By rule, NFL players have been practicing less frequently and less physically the past couple of years. They're also suffering injuries more often. It's an issue the league will have to address if the carnage continues. Not all the injury news is ...

    Blog | November 16, 2013
  3. Packers can win despite potential losses

    Mike Sando

    During a key third-and-6 play at Baltimore in Week 6, Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy missed his block in blitz pickup. As a result, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to improvise, and fast. Rodgers escaped a collapsing pocket and ran for 12 yards. I...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. On Arians' intentions for Cardinals' offense

    Mike Sando

    Bruce Arians' Indianapolis Colts targeted running backs as receivers 50 times last season, an NFL low. The Colts' percentage of targets directed toward running backs was 8.3, another league low and well off the 18.7 percent average for other teams. ...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  7. Ravens await 49ers' ascending WR Crabtree

    Mike Sando

    One year ago, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree voiced frustration over the opportunities available to him during an overtime defeat to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Crabtree had finished that game with a singl...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  8. It's on: Jim Harbaugh obliterates Giants' OC

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has frequently had his players' backs in public. Harbaugh has strongly praised Alex Smith when others doubted the quarterback. He has singled out Michael Crabtree for having all-time great hands amid question...

    Blog | October 12, 2012
  9. Rapid Reaction: 49ers 45, Bills 3

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Candlestick Park in Week 5: What it means: The 49ers improved to 4-1 and moved into a first-place tie with Arizona in the NFC West. They won at home for the eighth time in...

    Blog | October 07, 2012
  10. 680 KNBR audio: NFC West bests

    Mike Sando

    Steven Jackson, Justin Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and CenturyLink Field came to mind when discussing NFC West "bests" with Dave Benz on 680 KNBR in San Francisco on Monday. They've made available the audio. I didn't have a firm answer when asked t...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  11. Around the NFC West: Heart over wallet

    Mike Sando

    It's usually about the money. It's also about what the money represents. Brandon Jacobs, touched when a 6-year-old gave him $3.36 from a piggy bank to keep him with the New York Giants, balked when the Giants offered 446,428 times as much. Matt...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  12. A few thoughts on a Moss-Crabtree alliance

    Mike Sando

    Perceptions can play tricks. Sometimes, they're flat-out wrong. Michael Crabtree demonstrated as much early during his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers. He came to the team with a reputation as a diva receiver, reinforced by his alliance with D...

    Blog | May 11, 2012
  13. After focusing on run, division looks to air

    Mike Sando

    Every team in the NFC West had a 1,000-yard rusher last season. Coaches in Seattle, San Francisco and St. Louis have promoted run-first philosophies. Arizona has invested first- and second-round picks in running backs Beanie Wells and Ryan William...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  14. Scout's take: Where Cardinals stand in draft

    Mike Sando

    Any team with Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver would seem to be set at the position, or close to it. But as Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. explained when we discussed receivers Tuesday, there's a reason Mario Manningham made the key reception for th...

    Blog | April 24, 2012
  15. Jacobs and NFC West short-yardage guys

    Mike Sando

    Peter from Rutland, Vt., points to Anthony Dixon's failed third-and-1 rushing attempt in the NFC Championship Game as one reason the San Francisco 49ers might have signed former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. This play escaped my att...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  16. NFL points of emphasis point to NFC West

    Mike Sando

    A confusing judgment call favoring the New York Giants enabled their comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Was Giants receiver Victor Cruz really down when he lost the football late in the game? A fumble in that situation likely w...

    Blog | March 28, 2012