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In Depth 2017: San Francisco 49ers

Much like in 2015, San Francisco started the 2016 season with a dominant win. The rest of the season quickly turned into a dumpster fire, however, and the once-proud 49ers are again drafting at the top of the first round. And, with the firing of coach Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke, owner Jed York is, once again, searching for new leadership. How did the 49ers fall apart so quickly? And what will it take – and how long – to get this franchise headed back in the right direction? Al Sacco, writer for 49ers Webzone, joined us to...

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In Depth 2017: Cleveland Browns

The 2016 Cleveland Browns, again, did not win a lot of games. But unlike some recent seasons, it appeared at times that this iteration might at least have a plan. This team lacked talent and lost a lot of leads throughout the season, but under new coach Hue Jackson – the team’s fourth in five seasons – the team never stopped fighting. And when many had written off its chances of getting a win, the team came through in week 16 with a victory over San Diego. So just where does this team stand? Thomas Moore, co-editor of Dawg...

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HOF Voters name 2017 modern era candidates

The Pro Football Hall of Fame voters narrowed the list of contenders for 2017 enshrinement to 15 modern-era candidates Tuesday. They are: K Morten Andersen T Tony Boselli WR Isaac Bruce Coach Don Coryell RB Terrell Davis S Brian Dawkins G Alan Faneca T Joe Jacoby CB Ty Law C Kevin Mawae S John Lynch WR Terrell Owens DE Jason Taylor RB LaDainian Tomlinson QB Kurt Warner They join Senior candidate Kenny Easley and Contributor candidates Jerry Jones, who owns the Cowboys, and Paul Tagliabue, who succeeded Pete Rozelle as Commissioner in 1989. The finalist group includes 12 of...

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NFC Playoff Prediction: 2016

We looked at the AFC playoffs last week. The NFC seeding process wasn’t complete until the final gun sounded Sunday night in Detroit. Now that we’ve got the entire picture, we can take a stab at predicting this mess too. Here’s who, in reverse order, I suspect has the best chance of emerging from the NFC. Rank Seed Team Explanation 6 6 Detroit Lions If you’d asked me around Thanksgiving, I’d have given the Lions a chance of winning a game. Pretty much since then – and definitely since Matt Stafford hurt his hand – the Lions have been...

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AFC Playoff Prediction: 2016

AFC Playoff Prediction While seeding is still in question, we know who will represent the AFC in the playoffs. But who is going to emerge as the Super Bowl team? Quarterback injuries and other deficiencies will play a role. Here is who I suspect has the best shot, in reverse order. Rank Possible seed Team Explanation 6 4 Houston Texans The Texans defense has been spectacular. But with teams like Pittsburgh and New England looming, Houston’s offense doesn’t have the game to keep up, even if they do get past the Wild Card round. 5 5, 6 Miami Dolphins...

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