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  1. Why NFL should expand playoff field

    Mike Sando

    The NFL has no shortage of critics on player safety, commissioner-ordered discipline and the push to leverage public funds for billionaire owners seeking new stadiums. For some, a ramped-up Thursday night schedule came off as just another money grab ...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  2. Around the NFC West: Hitting hot issues

    Mike Sando

    ST. LOUIS -- Good morning, NFC West. A few thoughts on what's happening around the division on this second Wednesday in June: Worker safety: Player safety has become the No. 1 issue in the NFL recently, but playing football isn't as dangerous a...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  3. NFL: Block on Rams' Brockers was illegal

    Mike Sando

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains the leading force in player safety with or without replacement officials. Goodell provided a reminder this week by fining the Baltimore Ravens' Ramon Harewood for the block that sidelined St. Louis Rams defen...

    Blog | September 06, 2012
  4. Around the NFC West: Player safety on tee

    Mike Sando

    Good morning. Welcome back from the weekend. We had some fun with an Arizona Cardinals back-and-forth Saturday, but for the most part, the NFC West rested. We can thank/blame the collective bargaining agreement for that. Players won weekends off t...

    Blog | June 11, 2012
  5. DBs taking shots? Just 'drop six on them'

    Mike Sando

    Jerry Rice's thoughts on Michael Crabtree, Peyton Manning and player safety are worth a read over at Cam Inman's blog. My favorite quote from Rice concerned player safety. Asked about defensive backs taking shots at him, the NFL's all-time touchd...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  6. 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
  7. Latest NFL safety rules worth defending?

    Mike Sando

    Four quick thoughts on the NFL's latest rules changes addressing player safety: The changes attack the culture. Previous changes have emphasized specific rules. These changes seek to address the broader culture that encourages such hits even when...

    Blog | May 24, 2011
  8. Whisenhunt: Rules won't stop returners

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL will decide Tuesday whether to change rules for kickoffs in the name of player safety. Four key changes are under consideration, but it's not clear whether any or all of them will pass. The changes would facilitate touchback...

    Blog | March 22, 2011
  9. Marshawn Lynch and the bigger RB picture

    Mike Sando

    Jump ahead to 2015 and put yourself in John Schneider's seat as the Seattle Seahawks' general manager. By then, you will have re-signed or lost elite players such as safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman. Your quarterback, Russell W...

    Blog | May 01, 2013
  10. Thoughts as NFC West UFAs avoid the tag

    Mike Sando

    The 2013 deadline for naming franchise players passed Monday without NFC West teams using the mechanism to protect against losing their unrestricted free agents. Dashon Goldson, the San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl safety, tweeted his approval. ...

    Blog | March 04, 2013
  11. Rams thin at safety against Lions' Megatron

    Mike Sando

    Undrafted rookies Matt Daniels and Rodney McLeod are the St. Louis Rams' backup safeties heading into a Week 1 matchup against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions. The team listed Darian Stewart among its inactive players Sunday. Stewart, who ...

    Blog | September 09, 2012
  12. Cardinals' hidden treasure: Defensive backs

    Mike Sando

    Examining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations: The Arizona Cardinals might wind up releasing a player they now or recently considered as a starting cornerback. They also have reason to expect more from safeties Kerry Rhod...

    Blog | June 27, 2012
  13. Following up: Getting after the quarterback

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith and the St. Louis Rams' James Hall scored two-point plays last season with sacks resulting in safeties. The sacks these and other players collected outside the end zone affected point totals in less direct ways...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  14. NFC West draft analysis

    Mike Sando

    The shift in NFL disciplinary emphasis from off-field behavior to on-field safety should serve the NFC West well over the coming months. The division took calculated gambles early and often in the 2012 NFL draft, selecting players with rap sheets ...

    Blog | April 28, 2012
  15. NFC West thinking on 2012 franchise tags

    Mike Sando

    The NFL has finally informed teams how much franchise players will cost them in 2012. The numbers are very close to widely reported projections. Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell and San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson were the only NFC Wes...

    Blog | March 12, 2012
  16. Goldson knows fate while others wait

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers have announced their decision to name safety Dashon Goldson their franchise player in 2012. This had to be an easy move for the team. Goldson earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time last season. The 49ers drafted him i...

    Blog | March 02, 2012