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  1. Waiver claims and Cardinals' roster strength

    Mike Sando

    The NFL awarded two players to the Arizona Cardinals off waivers from the pool of players released on the mandatory NFL reduction from 75 to 53 players Saturday. Arizona was one of 11 teams to not have any of its own released players awarded to an...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  2. Closer look at Pete Carroll's roster claim

    Mike Sando

    Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll cited interesting evidence Monday regarding the team's roster strength. Even the team's castoffs are highly valued around the NFL, he said, and a check of the waiver wire would confirm it. Was this true? If so, ...

    Blog | August 12, 2013
  3. Forced to choose between top young QBs

    Mike Sando

    Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers deserve applause for executing an in-season quarterback change expertly in 2012. The coaching staff tailored its offense to Kaepernick's strengths. Kaepernick responded by playing a leading role in the ...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  4. Eight in the Box: Returning from injury

    Mike Sando

    A look at key players for each NFC West team who are coming back from injuries: Arizona Cardinals: Levi Brown, left tackle. A torn triceps sidelined Brown last season, but the Cardinals expect him to be at full strength for 2013. A healthy Brown m...

    Blog | May 17, 2013
  5. Around the NFC West: Strength in numbers

    Mike Sando

    Reports from the Arizona Cardinals' organized team activities point to an expanded coaching staff as one difference from the recent past. Around the NFC West: May 15, 2013 Arizona Cardinals Somers: Arians' fingerprints, lineups...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  6. Draft needs at positions of relative strength

    Mike Sando

    Kevin Seifert and I will be getting together later Tuesday for a pre-draft "Inside Slant" podcast. One subject we'll discuss: areas teams could address in the 2013 draft with an eye toward contract situations that won't factor this season. Example...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  7. Schedule could favor 49ers over Seahawks

    Mike Sando

    Schedule strength isn't always a reliable indicator as teams improve or worsen from one season to the next. We should keep that in mind while discussing how the 2013 schedule could shape expectations for teams nearly five months before the regular...

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  8. On 'street cred' and strength of NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Seattle Seahawks fans might be interested in hearing fullback Michael Robinson's thoughts on newly-acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin. Robinson spoke with Linda Cohn, who noted Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's attachment to Harvin dating to college ...

    Blog | March 11, 2013
  9. Road to the Superdome: 49ers

    Mike Sando

    Colleague Dan Graziano asked for San Francisco 49ers strengths and weaknesses during our "Road to the Superdome" conversation Wednesday afternoon. I forgot to mention the field-goal kicking situation as a weakness. Justin Tucker vs. David A...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  10. Strength of schedule from another angle

    Mike Sando

    A perfect storm took down the Arizona Cardinals in 2012: worst-case-scenario injuries at running back, shoddy quarterback play, questionable planning for the offensive line, unexpected quarterback developments elsewhere in the division and a brutal s...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  11. Wilson, Bradford gain in adjusted QBR

    Mike Sando

    The Total QBR metric we've consulted in evaluating quarterback play can be tweaked to account for strength of opposing defense. Alok Pattani of ESPN's analytics team passed along information showing how these adjustments would affect QBR rankings ...

    Blog | January 02, 2013
  12. Where they rank in Pro Bowlers: 49ers first

    Mike Sando

    NFL teams would rather have a young future Pro Bowl prospect than a washed-up player with a Pro Bowl in his distant past. For that reason, the number of players on a roster with Pro Bowl experience isn't an air-tight way to measure roster strength...

    Blog | November 10, 2012
  13. Around the NFC West: No Cards quick fix

    Mike Sando

    Defeats such as the one Arizona suffered at Lambeau Field in Week 9 can lure a team into thinking victory was near if only a few things had gone differently. If only receiver Early Doucet had held onto the football. If only quarterback John Skelto...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  14. Dominant RBs, but Wilson only winning QB

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- Two teams with dominant running backs traded sledgehammers to the gut Sunday at CenturyLink Field. The Seattle Seahawks also brought to the fight an efficient, poised quarterback with a veteran's feel for the pocket and the arm strength...

    Blog | November 04, 2012
  15. 49ers' defense strong despite turnover dip

    Mike Sando

    Turnover differential played a leading role in the 2011 San Francisco 49ers' success. It helped them swing field position in their favor. As the 2012 season approached, the 49ers themselves wondered whether their strength in that area would be ...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  16. 101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    Mike Sando

    My weekly Tuesday conversation with 101ESPN St. Louis featured thoughts on which NFC West team has the best shot at catching the San Francisco 49ers. 2012 NFL Schedule Strength Team So far To come Cardinals .532 .617 ...

    Blog | October 23, 2012