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Past articles by Mike:

'The most toxic environment I’ve ever been a part of': Inside Urban Meyer's disastrous year with Jaguars

According to coaches, players and staff, Meyer crossed the line from tough and demanding to belittling, demeaning and leading by fear. → Read More

2021 NFL Quarterback Tiers: 50 coaches and evaluators rank the league's starters

The eighth annual rankings find two quarterbacks above all others and the oldest player in the game returning to the top echelon. → Read More

NFL free agency wins, losses and questions for all 32 teams: Execs on Pats and Giants' spending, Bucs' strategy, more – The Athletic

Who is the early favorite for Russell Wilson in 2022? Who will the 49ers pick at 3? Could the Jets hold onto Sam Darnold? → Read More

What is driving the rift between Russell Wilson and Seahawks? 'Power and control'

Wilson wonders if the Seahawks see him as a player who has earned greater control over his situation, his future, his legacy. → Read More

Is the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce having the greatest tight end season in NFL history?

The Kansas City tight end creates first downs, touchdowns and wins. All trends point to more of the same in the Super Bowl. → Read More

Aaron Rodgers has reason to be cranky as Packers' postseason defensive failures continue

The defensive coverage call enabling Tom Brady's 39-yard touchdown pass to Scott Miller was only the latest piece of damning evidence. → Read More

Matthew Stafford's best trade fits: Saints, Colts, 49ers?

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have agreed to part ways. Our experts see plenty of NFL suitors for the quarterback. → Read More

Sando’s Pick Six: Dak vs. Romo, how the Saints can win without Drew Brees and Morten Andersen on Adam Vinatieri – The Athletic

A look at Prescott's first 50 starts vs. Tony Romo's final 50, plus a look at the No. 1 difference — which could be critical for Dallas. → Read More

Recap: NFL Q&A with Mike Sando on Tuesday, Sept. 10

Recap: NFL Q&A with Mike Sando on Tuesday, Sept. 10 The opening week of the NFL season is in the books and NFL writer Mike Sando will be here from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday to answer all of your football questions. → Read More

Jameis Winston shows off slimmer look on beach before training camp

Jameis Winston's dad says the Bucs QB has lost roughly 20 pounds this offseason, and he showed off the results during a vacation in Turks and Caicos. → Read More

Meet Team USA's roster for the Rio Games

Some of the game's best might be sitting out, but plenty of star power remains to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics. See who will be donning the red, white and blue in Rio. → Read More

Sando: Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs

The Super Bowl MVP winners are a most eclectic group: 20 quarterbacks, nine defenders, seven running backs, six wide receivers and, yes, one return specialist. Here's how the MVP performances stack up against each other. → Read More

Sando: Grading every NFL team in free agency

Mike Sando produces free-agency grades for all 32 NFL teams with the help of ESPN NFL Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson and Field Yates. → Read More

Sando: QB upgrade will be tricky for Eagles

What's next at quarterback for Chip Kelly and the Eagles? Mike Sando examines the available options for 2015 (including trading up in the draft), and serves up nine other takeaways from Week 16 of the 2014 NFL season. → Read More

Sando: Would Eagles trade up for Mariota?

Chip Kelly's former QB at Oregon could be the top prospect in the 2015 NFL draft. Would the Eagles consider trading up to pick him? Mike Sando polls coaches and executives from around the league on the most intriguing hypothetical of next year's draft. → Read More

Sando: Handicapping the NFC East race

Mike Sando handicaps the race to win the NFC East and runs through the rest of his Week 5 takeaways, including why Tom Brady isn't going anywhere and why the Niners' decision to replace Alex Smith at quarterback won't hurt them going forward. → Read More

Sando: Chargers didn't 'expose' Sherman

The Chargers didn't "expose" Richard Sherman in a Week 2 win over the Seahawks, writes Mike Sando. He enlists an NFL QB, WR and defensive coach to explain why, and reveal the tactics the Broncos could try to employ to have success against Sherman Sunday. → Read More

Sando: Ranking NFL head coaches by tier

Mike Sando had 30 NFL insiders grade every current NFL head coach by tier, then ranked them 1-32. Here are the results. → Read More

Sando: Execs, coaches rank 32 NFL QBs

Mike Sando has 26 anonymous NFL coaches, GMs and evaluators grade every starting quarterback by tier, producing a 1-32 ranking. → Read More

Kubiak among critical new coordinators

New coordinators for the Ravens and Giants, as well as the Browns, Titans and Rams could shape their respective 2014 seasons. → Read More