Ranking all the NFL head coaches

1 This is my comprehensive, highly-subjective Ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches, arranged in ascending order and grouped into four tiers. Note: There are only a few accomplished head coaches because owners regularly fire coaches. And there are significantly fewer exceptional coaches in the NFL than in college football because college coaches aren’t restricted to a draft and a salary cap. Click here to read my Thursday column, and don’t forget to check out the slideshow at the top. …

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Ranking the NFL divisions

1 Here’s how I rank each of the eight NFL divisions heading into the 2017 season: 1. AFC West. 1. Oakland Raiders. 2. Kansas City Chiefs. 3 . Denver Broncos. 4. Los Angeles Chargers. Analysis: Three of the four teams — the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos — will make the playoffs. And the fourth team — the Chargers — will be tough. They underachieved last season because Philip Rivers’ weapons were injured. 2. NFC South. 1. Atlanta Falcons. 2. Tampa Bay …

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Ranking 49ers most important 11 players on defense

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The 49ers are dramatically remaking their last-ranked defense from 2016 as they convert to a 4-3 under new coordinator Robert Saleh. The Seahawks’ style scheme will regularly feature eight defenders in the box to allow for the front seven to attack single gaps. It’s a far more aggressive style than the club played in recent seasons in their variations of a 3-4 under Vic Fangio, Eric Mangini and Jim O’Neil. Here we’ll count down the team’s most important 11 players …

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Ranking top-25 49ers: No. 19 Joshua Garnett

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… scheme after playing mostly power at Stanford. Additionally, Garnett was switching to right guard after playing on the left side in college. The results weren’t great. Garnett didn’t break into the starting lineup until Week 6 and he struggled both blocking for the run and pass. Pro Football Focus gave Garnett a 42.4 grade last year, Ranking 70th among 72 guards. So where does that leave Garnett entering Year 2 within new coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense? He’s very much in …

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Ranking top-25 49ers: No. 18 Brian Hoyer

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Before the start of training camp at the end of July, we’ll rank the top 25 49ers based on production at their position, physical attributes, upside and expected impact in 2017. No. 18: Brian Hoyer, QB Much of the talk surrounding the 49ers this offseason has been about their lack of a long-term option at quarterback. New coach Kyle Shanahan hand-picked his starter for his first season, opting for veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer on an affordable two-year, $ 12-million contract in free agency, …

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Ranking top-25 49ers: No. 20 Zane Beadles

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Before the start of training camp at the end of July, we’ll rank the top 25 49ers based on production at their position, physical attributes, upside and expected impact in 2017. No. 20: Zane Beadles, OL Zane Beadles turned out to be the 49ers’ most versatile lineman in 2016, getting starts at left guard, tackle and center. His value lied more in his malleability than his overall production. Pro Football Focus gave him a 40.2 grade for the season, which is far from stellar. Now Beadles, …

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