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49ers win thriller against the Saints breathes New Life into team. posted by 49ers Fan

 The niners came into this game on the brink of a demoralizing season. Jim Harbaugh's job status became a daily talking point, and people questioned the direction of the franchise.

Yet, Harbaugh and the 49ers shut everyone up by winning themselves back into the playoff race with a 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

Although unconventional, Colin Kaepernick led the Niners on a 50 yard two minute drill drive that resulted in a a 45-yard Dawson field goal to tie the game at 24-24 and send the game into overtime, after the Niners defense was able to hold off the Saints Hail Mary throw on a questionable offensive PI call on Jimmy Graham.

With the win, the Niners have breathed new life into their season. From the opening snap, the Niners look determined to win. Antoine Bethea picked Brees off on New Orleans' opening possession, helping set up a four-yard Frank Gore touchdown to give the 49ers' their first of two first-quarter scores.

And while the win was a good step in the right direction for the team, there is still a lot of work left to be done in San Francisco. The Niners are behind the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West and one of many teams, stuck in a dog fight for a wild card spot. It'll be interesting to see how this team responds with a little bit of swagger and momentum as it travels to New York to take on the Giants next week.

Given the controversy surrounding the franchise, players, and head coach heading into this game, the 49ers are just happy to enjoy a win and the relative silence from their fan base and critics that comes after a big win. 

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The 2014 San Francisco 49ers posted by 49ers Fan

The 49ers are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl after falling short last year. It all begins with quarterback Colin Kaepernick who struggled in the first half of the season but torched opposing teams in December 2014. He even totaled 130 rushing yards versus the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship, but was one tipped pass away from leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

The first order of business for the front office was to upgrade Kaepernick’s supporting cast. So they acquired Stevie Johnson from Buffalo for their 2015 draft pick. While Johnson is injury prone, he should perform well as the tertiary receiver this time around. The team also signed Brandon Lloyd and drafted Bruce Ellington.

The franchise also boosted the running back corps by drafting Ohio State standout Carlos Hyde. The team will still rely on Frank Gore but he’s slowing down at 31 and will become a free agent next offseason.

The 49ers will still have one of the best offensive lines in the league. Four of their starters are back on the roster, with center Jonathan Goodwin the only exception. They did draft center Marcus Martin who’ll probably replace Goodwin or compete against Daniel Kilgore.

Defense will not be a problem for the 49ers as they have one of the best  defensive units in the league.  Although the team lost Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers who both left for Oakland, the team did draft rookie Jimmie Ward. He could back-up sophomore Eric Reid and new acquisition Antone Betha. Going forward, expect Ward to start alongside Reid perhaps as early as next season.

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Joe Anello

2013 NFL Draft: Rounds Two - Seven Recap posted by Joe Anello

It was an eventful and unpredictable NFL Draft, even after the craziness that ensued in round one Thursday night. Friday night showcased rounds two and three, while Sunday wrapped up the draft with rounds four through seven. Let’s run through the major storylines that came out of the 2013 NFL Draft!

*Pardon for the delay. This is what happens when life throws the draft, C2E2, and the impetus to change jobs all in one weekend.


-After slipping through the first round despite several reported landing spots, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o became a San Diego Charger. The Chargers traded picks 45 and 110 to the Cardinals for pick number 38, allowing them to move up for Te’o. At that point in the draft, the drama-laden linebacker had great value. The Chargers run a 3-4 scheme, but he can still be a valuable inside presence for them.


-On the very next pick after Te’o was selected, the New York Jets saw a “franchise” quarterback fall right into their laps at number 39 overall with Geno Smith. Smith increases the QB count on the Jets roster all the way up to six, which includes Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and David Garrard. Yeah… someone’s gonna get cut. The obvious cut is Tebow. But then who? Do you cut the veteran Garrard, whom you just brought in? Or do you take the massive cap hit and release Sanchez? Or are you giving up on the idea that McElroy can be anything? The drama is ratcheted up in New York, and I’m gonna love every minute of it.

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2013 NFL Offseason: Quarterback Craze! posted by Joe Anello

Aside from a few relatively noteworthy transactions in NFL free agency, the past few days have been all about the quarterbacks. There’s been news aplenty regarding some premiere and not-so-premiere signal-callers across the league and the ramifications of their movements. Let’s get through all the news!

Dallas Cowboys extend QB Tony Romo with a six-year, $108 million deal ($55M gtd.)

So we’ve all heard about the basic numbers here, but there’s definitely some “fine print” to this contract. The extension does give Romo $55 million in guaranteed money, but that includes the $11.5M he was scheduled to make next season. He did get a $25M signing bonus, which is pro-rated over the life of the deal (which technically ends after the 2019 season).

This is the contract the Cowboys needed to get done. Through an odd contract loophole, Romo could have become a free agent after the 2013 season… but also after the franchising period ended. So he would have been able to simply walk out on Dallas and get into the free agent market directly, without fear of being franchised. So without a better plan in place or being in any sort of position to draft a quarterback, Dallas made the right, sensible move here. They locked up their franchise quarterback for the long-term.

QB Kevin Kolb signs a 2-year, $13 million deal with the Buffalo Bills

WHOAH. Did NOT see this coming. Can I still get partial credit for saying he’d land in the AFC East? Kolb somehow skirts the sideshow that is the Jets quarterback competition and lands in Buffalo, where he currently only has to beat out Tarvaris Jackson, who isn’t exactly Jim Kelly. Don’t expect this move to stop the Bills from taking a quarterback somewhere in the first two rounds. Kolb might be better than Ryan Fitzpatrick. But at least he’s not making a ludicrous amount of cash.

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The Final Drive: Super Bowl XLVII posted by Joe Anello

So you watched the game, right? I don’t need to talk about it at all, right?

Ugh. Fine. Here’s The Final Drive of Super Bowl 47. You owe me.

(14-6) Baltimore Ravens 34
(13-5-1) San Francisco 49ers 31

After an illegal formation penalty killed a 20 yard pass play on the Niners’ first drive, the Ravens came out and took advantage of a short field. A 20-yarder to Torrey Smith and an offsides penalty on Aldon Smith put the ball at the ‘Frisco 13, where Flacco threw a dart to Anquan Boldin, who made a leaping grab to come down with it in the endzone. All of a sudden the Niner defense was on their heels and Phil Simms was already calling the game over at 7-0.

Kaepernick had a few exciting scrambles on San Francisco’s ensuing drive. A 24 yard pass to Vernon Davis found Dannell Ellerbee way out of position and gave my prediction of Davis for MVP with an early surge. But a poor scramble on a misfire to Crabtree and a 10 yard loss on a sack by Paul Kruger led to a David Akers field goal. Hey, he MADE one! That’s a good sign, right?

San Francisco finally got the read option going on their next drive, feeding Frank Gore and LaMichael James. But then James went and coughed up the ball, draining any and all momentum garnered from the few plays they managed to run. Kaepernick never really got into a groove, seeing more pressure than he had in recent weeks. The Ravens were obviously sending a rusher his way if he handed it off to the running back or not. So many times Terrell Suggs would finish a play by contacting Kaepernick in an attempt to get physical with the QB. They were sending a message early and often.

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The Opening Drive: Super Bowl XLVII posted by Joe Anello

The time for talk is over. (Well, almost.) The time for football is now. (Well, a bit later.) The time for beet and food is now? (Yes. That is accurate.) After taking apart the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens earlier in the week, we are now ready for The Opening Drive of Super Bowl 47!


Super Bowl XLVII

(13-6) Baltimore Ravens at
(15-4-1) San Francisco 49ers
6:30 PM ET, CBS 

San Francisco’s Offense vs. Baltimore’s Defense

After seeing Colin Kaepernick tear apart a hapless Green Bay front seven for 181 rushing yards, the Atlanta Falcons overcompensated and kept the QB in the pocket the entire game. Unfortunately, that left Frank Gore in the clear on read-option plays, on which he scored two touchdowns. Kaepernick picked the Atlanta secondary apart in the second half of that contest, proving he has accuracy to go with the arm strength and mobility. The Raven defense excels at maintaining their edges, meaning they don’t let the ball-carrier get outside of them to the sidelines. They like funneling the ball back inside so Ray Lewis can get inflated tackle numbers. (Which he does.) But what do they do against the read-option? Crash the corners and use the safeties to cover? Assign a defensive end to lay out the QB while a linebacker fills in against the running back? The Ravens have had two weeks to prepare for this mobile QB, so I’d be surprised if he busted too many long runs against them. Instead, we’re probably going to see a lot of Frank Gore and LaMichael James used to test Lewis as the game wears on.

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Super Bowl 47 Preview: San Francisco 49ers posted by Joe Anello

In my first preview of the teams facing off in the Super Bowl, I’m going to take an in-depth look at the team representing the National Football Conference, the San Francisco 49ers. Having barely won the NFC West with a regular season record of 11-4-1 over the Seattle Seahawks (11-5), the Niners had their issues and drama during the regular season. Injuries to key contributors and a swap at quarterback highlight a season of significance for Jim Harbaugh’s squad. Let’s break them down as they head for their sixth Super Bowl title!


NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers

The Offense

Had this game been taking place ten weeks ago, I would have been describing to you how the Niners were going to be held back by Alex Smith’s inability to consistently find targets down the field. Instead, Smith was concussed during the season, giving way to former second round pick Colin Kaepernick. The second year pro came into the league with lofty expectations, fronting a team that was dealing with expectations of its own. Colin quickly demonstrated his athletic prowess, becoming one of the most dynamic players in the league. He can run as quick and as effective as any other QB as he showed in their playoff win against Green Bay, but his accuracy isn’t to be laughed at, as he showed when the Niners took down the Falcons. Behind Kaepernick, the Niners won five of their last seven regular season games and stormed through the playoffs.

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The Final Drive: 2013 Conference Championships posted by Joe Anello

Conference Championship Sunday left two teams in sheer jubilation while two other squads will be left at home for the Super Bowl. Let’s take a look at how two road teams pulled out the win in The Final Drive!

(13-4-1) San Francisco 49ers 28

(14-4) Atlanta Falcons 24

The first quarter of this game looked almost exactly the same as the Falcons’ last game, with a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. San Francisco mounted a whopping -2 yards on offense in the opening frame, stifled by a Falcon defense that had a surprisingly decent pass rush in the quarter.

Julio Jones came out ready to play for keeps, racking up over 100 yards in the first quarter. He was held relatively in check for the rest of the game, totaling “only” 182 yards. Matt Ryan seemed to be able to expose the Niner secondary all day, especially safety Dashon Goldson, who was torched by Jones on his first score. A second crazy catch by Jones to start the second quarter made the score 17-0 in favor of Atlanta. Luckily the Niner offense figured it out eventually, getting two touchdowns in the second period to make the game competitive again. But after the Falcons drove right back down in the two minute drill to pull away at 24-14, I was left to wonder: where was that vaunted Niner defense everyone kept telling me about? I think they forgot that this was an elimination game. Someone must have told them at halftime, because San Fran’s defense came out and utterly shut down the dirty birds.

As their Niner defense tightened, recovering a fumbled snap to Ryan, Colin Kaepernick and the offense thrived. Kaep continued to make key passes from inside the pocket. The read-option plays became deadly, especially at the goal line, where Frank Gore scored two rushing touchdowns. The Niners went up 28-24 in the middle of the fourth quarter and never looked back.

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The Opening Drive: 2013 Conference Championships posted by Joe Anello

Okay everybody, Conference Championship Sunday is here and I could not be any more excited. Aside from the drama that is surrounding each of these fantastic games (you know, because whoever wins plays in that little Super Bowl), I’m also 3-5 on my picks going into the day, meaning the only way I get above .500 for the postseason is if I get everything right from here on out. No pressure. There’s been some movement on these lines (San Fran got a lot of juice and is now a four point favorite. Baltimore saw some action while the line was at 9 points, whittling it down to 7.5), so as an FYI I’m picking against the spread as the odds are currently, not where they began. Let’s stop prattling on and get into The Opening Drive!

*As always, lines pulled from 


(12-4-1) San Francisco 49ers at

(14-3) Atlanta Falcons

3:00 PM ET, FOX

You’re going to be hard-pressed to find any unit in this game that favors the Falcons. The Niner offensive line is playing the best of any unit still in the playoffs, as they’ve been utterly dominating defensive fronts at the line of scrimmage. There’s a reason Colin Kaepernick ran utterly untouched against the Packers. Even as he gets a bit older, Frank Gore is the best running back in this game. Michael Crabtree has been stepping up as of late, looking at times like the number one receiver he was always supposed to be. Randy Moss is a somewhat credible threat on the outside, but this team really suffers from the loss of Mario Manningham. But Kaepernick might be able to reproduce a similar performance from last week with the benefit of a dome and faster turf. Without a fully healthy John Abraham (ankle), are the Falcons

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Joe's 2012 Gameday Review: 49ers 32, Bears 7 posted by Joe Anello

In case your various social media timelines didn’t tell you, the Chicago Bears played the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. It did not go well. Specifically, it was one of the most embarrassing performances of football I’ve ever seen. With that in mind, it’s time for the Gameday Review.


(7-2-1) San Francisco 49ers 32

(7-3) Chicago Bears 7 

The opening drive Monday night gave a small preview of what was to come, as Colin Kaepernick completed four passes en route to a David Akers field goal to gain the lead. A sack of Jason Campbell on third and short led to a punt back to San Fran. Kaepernick took that possession, and found Kyle Williams streaking down the sidelines 57 yards, setting up a 3 yard pass to Vernon Davis for the score. That put the Niners up 10-0. And I was worried. Chicago moved the ball 24 yards following the kickoff, but was forced to punt yet again after a third and long. Then came the continued dominance of the ‘Frisco ground game. It wasn’t overwhelming yardage-wise, but it routinely moved the chains and kept the offense on the field. A 14-yard Kendall Hunter run put the Niners up 17-0. And that was all I needed to know that game was over.

If you needed statistical examples of Chicago’s inability to move the ball, let me educate. The Bears garnered 66 passing yards and 85 rushing yards on 28 attempts. That’s 151 total yards, in case you were wondering. They were 3 for 12 on third down and turned the ball over twice (in the form of two interceptions.)

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NFL Power Rankings: The Kansas City Chiefs have good shot at history (Shutdown Corner)

If you thought the Kansas City Chiefs' season was over at 1-5, history was on your side. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the only 1-5 team to make the playoffs was the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals. They were actually 1-6, in a 14-game season, and won out to make the playoffs. That's amazing (also, as a side note, that was the team for which Bill Walsh is credited for devising what would eventually become the "West Coast Offense" ). What the Chiefs are doing is remarkable, as well. Kansas City has won four in a row and is in a four-way tie for the last wild-card spot in the AFC. And they have to be considered a favorite to get a wild-card spot based on this remaining schedule: Week 12: vs. Buffalo Week 13: at Oakland Week 14: vs. San Diego Week 15: at Baltimore Week 16: vs. Cleveland Week 17: vs. Oakland Wow. Not one winning team among the six remaining opponents. Three of the worst teams in the NFL (San Diego, Baltimore and Cleveland) remain. The only .500 team, Buffalo, comes into Kansas City next week off a short week, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor hurt his shoulder on Monday night. Oakland should provide a couple tough games, but you have to figure the Chiefs get at least a split there. A 4-2 finish, given that schedule, is the minimum it seems. A 5-1 mark seems about right and 6-0 might happen. Could we see a team start 1-5 and finish 11-5? Take a look at that schedule again, and you tell me. Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed The Chiefs have saved their season with a formula that has worked through the Andy Reid era: a good running game (even without Jamaal Charles), a safe passing game and a really good defense. Even though that brand of football isn't exciting, the possibility in front of them is. If they win the games down the stretch that they'll be big favorites to win, they're going to become the first team in 35 years to start 1-5 and make the playoffs. And if they do that, who is going to want to play them in January? Here are Shutdown Corner's power rankings after Week 11: 32. San Francisco 49ers (3-7, Last week: 32) The final score didn't reflect it, but for a while in the second half the 49ers were in that game against the Seahawks, after falling behind early. Give them credit for continuing to play hard. 31. Cleveland Browns (2-8, LW: 31) Cornerback Justin Gilbert, a 2014 first-round pick who went ahead of Odell Beckham, among others, has played 32 snaps all season for a bad team. And 23 of those came in one game. Because of the team's other first-round pick last year, Gilbert doesn't get a ton of attention. But he's going down as an all-time bad pick. 30. Baltimore Ravens (3-7, LW: 28) [read full article]

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Marshawn Lynch questionable for Seahawks against 49ers (Yahoo Sports)

Running back Marshawn Lynch is questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers because of an abdominal injury that has limited him the last two weeks. Lynch was active and carried just eight times for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals last week. ''He's questionable with a positive bend,'' Carroll said Friday. [read full article]

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Which teams need to evaluate their QBs for 2016? Browns lead the list (Shutdown Corner)

Johnny Manziel gets the chance he wanted. He'll be the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback the rest of the season. "It's big news for me," Manziel said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I wanted the chance to be the guy and that was always my goal. I couldn't be more excited." Some teams are totally out of it for 2015 (the Browns are obviously in that group) and still have seven weeks to go. That doesn't mean there's nothing to play for. For many teams out of it — and one prominent team that is a championship contender — the rest of the season will be used to evaluate their quarterback options for 2016. That at least makes those teams interesting to watch the rest of the way. So here are the teams who will use the rest of the season to figure out if their 2016 starter is already on the roster: Cleveland Browns: They top this list. Not too many 2-8 teams in recent memory will be so interesting playing out the string. Manziel was a first-round pick, we've seen a few instances in which it seemed like the Browns didn't have a ton of interest in seeing what he can do, but he has been fairly productive. Manziel has 933 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions and an 88.4 rating. He's coming off a 372-yard game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manziel still does things that drive offensive coaches nuts, such as leaving the pocket when there's no pressure, looking down at the rush and not delivering the ball in the rhythm of the offense, but he gets his shot in Cleveland's last six games. Josh McCown is under contract for next year but isn't the future; if Manziel fails badly in this opportunity it's likely back to the drawing board in Cleveland. Denver Broncos: Can a team that is 7-2 and still very much a contender in the AFC look ahead to its quarterback situation the following year? Of course, just take a look at the Broncos. Brock Osweiler gets his first career start this week because Peyton Manning is injured. But as we all know, Manning hasn't played well and it's hard to believe he'll be back next season. What really makes this a really interesting situation is Osweiler is a free agent next offseason. Will Osweiler play so well that he continues to start and prices himself out of the Broncos plans? Will they know enough about him by the end of the season that they'll know if they want to invest in him as their quarterback of the future? There's an incredibly wide range of outcomes for the Broncos and Osweiler, anywhere from him starting all the way through the Super Bowl to him giving back the job to Manning after one start. It's a really unique situation. Detroit Lions: I don't think Matthew Stafford is going anywhere. There isn't much precedent for a move like that in NFL history. But there have been rumors, and I suppose that if the Lions get the top pick it's possible. And it's possible they get the top pick.  Still, Stafford is just 27 and even though he has an 83.7 career rating, people talk themselves into his arm strength and size and think he can be turned around. Hey, Jay Cutler got a good coordinator in Adam Gase, is having a good season and got the Chicago Bears off this list, so anything is possible. Houston Texans: I'm not willing to say that Brian Hoyer is definitely the starter in 2016, but realistically, their options won't be much better this offseason. Hoyer has played well, has 13 touchdowns and four interceptions, and has rebounded nicely after being benched in the season opener. But we've seen Hoyer play well before (don't forget, Deion Sanders was ready to give him a $100 million deal) and falter at the end. So I don't think we're quite past the evaluation stage. New York Jets: Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a nice, solid season. But the Jets have to ask: Is Fitzpatrick, who turns 33 this month, their best option going forward? If not him, then who? Fitzpatrick isn't anyone's idea of a franchise quarterback, but it's not like the Jets will have a ton of great options next offseason. They're 5-4 and even in the unlikely event of a total collapse they won't have a top-five draft pick. The wild card is Bryce Petty, who was drafted this year as a project. But they're in the playoff race and won't be giving Petty any playing time (they hope) this season so it'll be hard for them to know what they have in Petty. Maybe if Fitzpatrick leads New York to the playoffs, it erases all doubt. Philadelphia Eagles: That Sam Bradford-Nick Foles trade didn't work out too well for either side, did it? What do the Eagles have in Bradford and do they sign him to a contract that will undoubtedly be pretty risky? Bradford didn't have a great start to this season. He has played better lately, but now he might miss time with some injuries — and injury history is a big part of the Bradford puzzle too. Either the Eagles are going to gamble and invest in Bradford long term or look really crazy for sending a second-round pick to the Rams for a one-year, expensive and unsuccessful rental. Either way it seems like a losing proposition. The Eagles just have to hope Bradford returns soon and they have a clear opinion about him heading into the offseason. St. Louis Rams: Benching Foles this week is interesting on a few levels, including the 2016 angle. The Rams signed Foles to a two-year, $24 million extension before he started a game for them, with a $6 million roster bonus in 2016 that is guaranteed. You have to think since they have to pay him $6 million, he'll be sticking around.  But benching him now for Case Keenum, at 4-5 and still able to get in the playoff race, doesn't indicate that the Rams are thrilled about the prospect of starting him in 2016. They don't want to start him now when their only other option was Keenum. It's probable Foles gets another shot this season, and if he plays better he can establish himself as the guy for 2016. Though I suppose it's also possible Keenum could play well enough to get himself in that conversation. This situation is odd because the Rams seem stuck with Foles for another year whether they like it or not. San Francisco 49ers: This one will be interesting to track. The 49ers benched Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert, and there was a report that the franchise is done with Kaepernick . It'll be interesting to see if the team's actions play out that way the rest of the season. If Kaepernick doesn't play the rest of the season, it's really hard to imagine they pay him an $11.9 million salary for 2016. Then again, it's really hard to see the 49ers ending this season excited about Gabbert starting in 2016. Their draft position and chances of picking one of the top quarterbacks in the draft might dictate offseason decisions. But it'll be interesting to watch if Kaepernick gets one more shot, and what he does with it if that happens. Washington Redskins: I assume Kirk Cousins has done enough to get another year, but there's one thing to keep in mind about his recent surge: Cousins has had two monster games at home against bad defenses, and not much else. Here are Cousins' ratings the last five weeks: At Atlanta: 69.7 At New York Jets: 57.9 Vs. Tampa Bay: 124.7 At New England: 68.4 Vs. New Orleans: 158.3 Cousins has been incredibly inconsistent. early in the season, he had 68.8 and 69.9 ratings in losses to the Dolphins and Giants and 110.3 and 91.8 in wins against the Rams and Eagles. So yes, he has an incredible 122.6 rating in four wins and a 66.7 rating in five losses. That's hard to completely overlook. Though, with the state of quarterbacking in the NFL being what it is, it's hard to see how Washington could figure out a better plan this offseason than Cousins in 2016. Barring anything crazy, we can probably guess who these teams are starting at quarterback in 2016: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans. Listen to Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast for more NFL coverage: Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab [read full article]

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