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  1. Five secrets of the NFL this season

    Mike Sando

    The Oakland Raiders could not stop Peyton Manning from breaking the NFL's single-season record for passing yardage as the 2013 season concluded Sunday. Their best hope came not on the field but from the league's official statistician, which ultimatel...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  2. Pete Carroll: Helmet rule good for game

    Mike Sando

    PHOENIX -- Like a lot of NFL coaches, the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll thinks officials will have a hard time enforcing a new rule banning ball carriers from initiating contact with the crowns of their helmets when outside the tackle box. Carrol...

    Blog | March 20, 2013
  3. Steven Jackson's departure and its impact

    Mike Sando

    Steven Jackson's career with the St. Louis Rams was finished. Jackson made that pretty clear last week. His contract agreement Thursday with the Atlanta Falcons makes it official. How does it feel, Rams fans? As breakups go, this one couldn't ...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  4. 2013 UFA counts for NFC West teams

    Mike Sando

    The NFL has released its official list of restricted and unrestricted free agents. The chart breaks down the UFA counts by team in the NFC West. A quick look at the lists, which include a couple players who have already reached agreement on new...

    Blog | March 12, 2013
  5. Perspective as '13 franchise deadline passes

    Mike Sando

    With the NFL deadline for naming franchise players passing at 4 p.m. ET Monday, we await official word from the league as to whether any NFC West players received the designation. This can be a nerve-racking time for teams and fans hoping to keep ...

    Blog | March 04, 2013
  6. NFC West penalty watch: A big surprise

    Mike Sando

    Officials flagged the Seattle Seahawks for illegal contact an NFL-high eight times in 2011. That comes as no surprise to those familiar with the aggressive, controversial tactics Seattle's big cornerbacks employ. 2012 Fewest Regular-season ...

    Blog | January 08, 2013
  7. Pregame thoughts: Ref, key matchups, etc.

    Mike Sando

    LANDOVER, Md. -- A few thoughts from the FedEx Field press box as the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins warm up on the field about 30 yards away: Peter Morelli is the referee. The Redskins have to hope officials watch closely for the aggre...

    Blog | January 06, 2013
  8. Scoring changes affect Brady, Kaepernick

    Mike Sando

    The Total QBR scores for Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick have changed slightly after the NFL made changes to the official play-by-play account from the San Francisco-New England game Sunday night. The first change involved the interception return f...

    Blog | December 21, 2012
  9. Final Word: NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 14: Chasing Brady, record: San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith needs three sacks to tie the NFL's single-season record since 1982, when sacks became an official NFL stat. While Smith will be m...

    Blog | December 14, 2012
  10. NFC West penalty watch: 49ers' complaints

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made headlines after Week 7 for asking the NFL whether Seattle's cornerbacks were playing too aggressively. Seven weeks later, he might want to ask the league whether officials have anything against his own t...

    Blog | December 08, 2012
  11. Why there was no 10-second runoff Sunday

    Mike Sando

    The Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks were tied in the final minute Sunday when officials flagged Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews for illegal motion. Some have asked why the penalty did not necessitate a 10-second clock runoff. The answer ...

    Blog | November 28, 2012
  12. NFC West penalty watch: Replacement effect

    Mike Sando

    The team that benefited most demonstrably from NFL replacement officials might also be benefiting from their departure. "I don't know why this is the case," Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told 710ESPN Seattle recently, "but since the replace...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  13. Officially telling: 16 personal fouls, one fine

    Mike Sando

    The NFL handed down only one fine from 16 personal fouls stemming from NFC West teams' final games using replacement officials. The low number was telling. Commissioner Roger Goodell usually metes out fines for such penalties when the league fe...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  14. Closed mind? Tired of MNF talk? Skip this

    Mike Sando

    The Green Bay Packers was robbed Monday night, replacement officials were to blame, the Seattle Seahawks should be grateful for a gifted victory and anyone seeking to justify the outcome needs to move on already. How dare anyone challenge the narr...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  15. Officially speaking: Seahawks-Rams ref

    Mike Sando

    With regular officials back this week, I've put together a chart showing where veteran referee Mike Carey's crew ranks in common penalty calls over the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Carey has been assigned to work the game Sunday between the Seattle Seah...

    Blog | September 27, 2012
  16. Whew, simultaneous catches no sweat now

    Mike Sando

    With the NFL's regular officials set to return, I wanted to assure everyone that simultaneous-catch rulings will be handled in a manner agreeable to all parties. The shoddy manner in which replacement officials handled the Seattle-Green Bay play M...

    Blog | September 27, 2012