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  1. Cutler deal hurts Chiefs with Alex Smith

    Mike Sando

    The Kansas City Chiefs could not beat Andrew Luck in the playoffs last season. They will have to overcome another strong-armed quarterback, Jay Cutler, to succeed in contract negotiations with their own starter, Alex Smith. That is because the dea...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  2. Kubiak among critical new coordinators

    Mike Sando

    When the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants won two of the past three Super Bowls, their quarterbacks shredded playoff opponents for a combined 20 touchdown passes with just one interception. It was a beautiful thing to watch unless your team was o...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Are Broncos risking future to win now?

    Mike Sando

    The Denver Broncos own the NFL's best regular-season record in the two seasons since quarterback Peyton Manning improbably hit the market and signed with them. However, they are only 2-2 in the playoffs over that span, compared to a combined 12-3 for...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  5. The Niners' Kaepernick dilemma

    Mike Sando

    Colin Kaepernick has a 21-8 record with four playoff victories and one Super Bowl appearance since becoming the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback during the 2012 season. Not everyone loves everything about his game, but it's tough finding qua...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  6. Inside the Manning-Seattle D chess match

    Mike Sando

    Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas' intensity grew Thursday as the Seattle Seahawks completed their final team-wide media session before Super Bowl XLVIII. Thomas sounded ready to walk directly from the podium to the field at MetLife Stadium. "Any quarte...

    Blog | January 31, 2014
  7. Manning's impact on Super Bowl rosters

    Mike Sando

    NEWARK, N.J. -- Yeah, the Seattle Seahawks wanted Peyton Manning. Their quarterback odyssey under coach Pete Carroll had taken them from Matt Hasselbeck to Charlie Whitehurst to Tarvaris Jackson to a runway in Denver, where Carroll and general manage...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  8. Teams most likely to return to playoffs

    Mike Sando

    The first Super Bowl in the New York metropolitan area features two teams from far, far away. That is fitting because the West teams were best in 2013. While six of the eight NFL teams from the AFC West and NFC West finished with winning records, the...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  9. How Panthers can take the next step

    Mike Sando

    The Carolina Panthers took a giant step forward in 2013 and changed perceptions in the process. Coach Ron Rivera ditched his play-not-to-lose reputation, embracing a "Riverboat Ron" persona reflecting greater comfort with calculated risks. Quarterbac...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  10. Harvin key to Seattle's Super Bowl hopes

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- Percy Harvin might not remember much from his return to the Seattle Seahawks following an extended injury layoff. Harvin might not want to remember much after the New Orleans Saints roughed him up repeatedly during the Seahawks' 23-15 vict...

    Blog | January 11, 2014
  11. What should Cincy do with Andy Dalton?

    Mike Sando

    The Cincinnati Bengals face a critical decision at quarterback following their latest playoff defeat with Andy Dalton behind center. They do not have to make the decision today, and that is probably a good thing. Some frustrated fans surely wouldn't ...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  12. Colts can run with AFC's best

    Mike Sando

    Nothing much about the Indianapolis Colts' shocking 45-44 victory Saturday felt sustainable. Falling behind 38-10, as the Colts did before rallying to beat the Chiefs, amplified familiar questions about Indy's viability as a Super Bowl contender. It ...

    Blog | January 04, 2014
  13. 2013's biggest game-changers

    Mike Sando

    The Green Bay Packers needed 8 yards for a first down and roughly 20 to get comfortably into range for the go-ahead field goal try with a playoff berth on the line at Chicago on Sunday. What they got instead was one of the more memorable plays in tea...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  14. Best 'breakthrough' coaching candidates

    Mike Sando

    The NFL divides into distinct groups once the regular season runs its course. While 12 teams prepare for the playoffs, others line up candidates to fill newly created head coaching vacancies. The contrast is striking given the narrow line that someti...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  15. Ranking Week 17's biggest games

    Mike Sando

    Week 17, also known as Super Bowl week in Dallas, is going to be a wild one not just in Texas, but across the NFL. At least 10 teams will fight for five playoff berths, four teams will claim division titles and, in a shocker, Seattle might not be one...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  16. Ranking potential coaching openings

    Mike Sando

    Mike Shanahan coached two Super Bowl winners in Denver before taking the Washington Redskins to the playoffs last season. Quarterback Robert Griffin III challenged Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson for NFL rookie honors. It should be nearly impossibl...

    Blog | December 21, 2013