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  1. Giants, others in need of draft impact

    Mike Sando

    When the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl following the 2008 season, they did it with a rookie draft class that combined to play 125 regular-season snaps, fewest in the league and well off the 1,535 average for the other 31 teams. The 2012 San ...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  2. Defense still key for NFL champions?

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced each other in the 2013 preseason, I remember thinking the game had a regular-season feel to it. There was an edge to both teams that felt misplaced for August. Peyton Manning and Russell W...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Is Nick Foles a franchise QB in Philly?

    Mike Sando

    Offensive coaches can be very particular about the quarterbacks they seek for their specific systems. Bruce Arians values size and a strong arm, the better to drive the ball downfield on longer routes. Gary Kubiak and other coaches with zone-based ru...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  5. Scouting Peyton versus the Chiefs' D

    Mike Sando

    There is no accepted blueprint for stopping Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos' offense, or else everyone in the NFL would be using it every week. Smart people in the league cannot agree on a set of best defensive practices, other than the generic...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  6. NFL's most likely coaching changes

    Mike Sando

    November in the NFL brings hard-hitting matchups between speculative reports on one side and votes of confidence on the other. Things get even rougher when outright denials work their way into the fray. Sunday saw Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben ...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  7. Where Alex Smith and Tom Brady align

    Mike Sando

    While Peyton Manning and the unbeaten Denver Broncos set passing records by the week, the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots have combined to go 9-1 by other means. Their passing stats, which mirror each other, are modest through ...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  8. Why Matt Schaub needs to go

    Mike Sando

    There are no perfect quarterbacks. Even Peyton Manning throws a pass to the other team from time to time. It happened Sunday, but, as his Denver Broncos' 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys demonstrated, there are interceptions and then there are i...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  9. With Freeman out, is Ponder next?

    Mike Sando

    The Hail Mary might be football's most predictable play and also one of its least likely to succeed, but sometimes, it's all a team has left. Down by four points with four seconds remaining in Week 3, the Minnesota Vikings had no other real option...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  10. Team-by-team breakdown on waiver awards

    Mike Sando

    The NFL awarded 45 players to other teams via waiver claims immediately following the mandatory reduction to 53-man roster limits Saturday. Most of the players probably will not play leading roles for their new teams. Some could develop over time....

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  11. NFL - Jets should go with Geno Smith over Mark Sanchez

    Mike Sando

    ESPN Insider Mike Sando makes the case why almost anyone but Mark Sanchez should be starting for the Jets, as well as other thoughts around the NFL.

    Story | Conversation | September 02, 2013
  12. Injuries drive 49ers' roster moves

    Mike Sando

    Eight of the San Francisco 49ers' 11 rookie draft choices survived the NFL's mandatory reduction to 75 players Tuesday. The other three -- second-round choice Tank Carradine, fourth-rounder Marcus Lattimore and fifth-rounder Quinton Dial -- remain...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  13. On Parys Haralson's departure from 49ers

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers' Parys Haralson dominated against the Kansas City Chiefs' backups during a preseason game this summer. The veteran outside linebacker could presumably start for some other 3-4 teams as a contributor on early downs, but he was ...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  14. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't see dominance of San...

    Mike Sando

    Yes, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks sat atop the NFC West last season.

    Story | Conversation | August 16, 2013
  15. Where NFC West stands in Forbes rankings

    Mike Sando

    NFL teams other than the publicly held Green Bay Packers do not release financial data. Forbes.com fills the void each year with its own estimates, and the latest round includes estimated revenues and incomes as well. NFC West Franchise Value Ra...

    Blog | August 15, 2013
  16. Schlereth's NFL Summer: 'Not intimidated'

    Mike Sando

    We haven't been hurting for St. Louis Rams items since Nick Wagoner joined the ESPN coverage team, but that's OK. We've got some ground to make up after hitting other teams harder for reasons related directly to on-field performance. And so I'm ha...

    Blog | August 14, 2013