Tonight on NFL Turning Point: Saints Notch Huge Win
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Tonight on NFL Turning Point: Saints Notch Huge Win

This week’s episode of NFL Turning Point kicks off with San Francisco @ New Orleans. A 23-20 game might not look like a defensive chess match, but it was defensive coordinators Rob Ryan and Vic … MORE ►

Cosell Talks: The Contrary NFC West
Arizona Cardinals, From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Cosell Talks: The Contrary NFC West

Training camps are now in full swing, and people are focusing, as they almost always do, on offense. That’s not a surprise. In our pass-happy era, quarterback play naturally takes precedence over other parts of … MORE ►

Cosell’s Watching the Championships: Alex Smith Left Plays on the Field
From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

Cosell’s Watching the Championships: Alex Smith Left Plays on the Field

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Championship Sunday coaching tape: Giants defense vs. 49ers offense. 

  • Giants opened the game in their “big nickel” versus 49ers “12” personnel, Blackburn and Boley were

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Cosell Talks: For Alex Smith, What a Difference a Week Made
From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

Cosell Talks: For Alex Smith, What a Difference a Week Made

It’s very easy to blame Kyle Williams for the 49ers NFC Championship defeat. Certainly, without his punt return mistakes, San Francisco had a legitimate chance to advance to Super Bowl 46.

It could be argued … MORE ►

Championships Weekend Thoughts from 1NFL
5 from 1 NFL, Baltimore Ravens, Cara Angelucci, Inside the Game, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Nick Condit, San Francisco 49ers, Tiffany Orbin

Championships Weekend Thoughts from 1NFL

Nick – Wow those two games yesterday were close. Special teams doomed the Harbaugh brothers, otherwise they could’ve easily been playing each other in the Super Bowl. Both of the Championship games could’ve gone either … MORE ►

Blame Doctor Heat: The Saints’ Un-Prevent Undid Their Season
Greg Smith, Inside the Game, New Orleans Saints, Ramblings and Rants, San Francisco 49ers

Blame Doctor Heat: The Saints’ Un-Prevent Undid Their Season

Everyone likes to rip the Prevent Defense. John Madden, the everyman’s everyman, once described it the way many fans would, “All the prevent defense does is prevent you from winning.”

Wikipedia’s entry defines it in … MORE ►

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Alex Smith Made the Difference
From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Alex Smith Made the Difference

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: 49ers offense vs. Saints defense. 

  • Walker was inactive, Peelle replaced him in the 49ers 2 TE sets
  • 49ers utilized NT Sopoaga

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Cosell Talks: Alex Smith
From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, San Francisco 49ers

Cosell Talks: Alex Smith

Drew Brees finished with 462 passing yards against the 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff. That number was truly misleading. The tape told a different story. The San Francisco defense played very well, especially their … MORE ►

Cosell Talks: 49ers vs Saints a Battle of Old vs New
From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers

Cosell Talks: 49ers vs Saints a Battle of Old vs New

The most compelling divisional playoff matchup features the Saints and the 49ers. Two 13-3 teams, two division winners. One expected, the other a surprise. The game is fascinating and significant because it transcends this singular … MORE ►

Cosell Talks: Stafford, Smith, Contending & Pretending
Detroit Lions, From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, San Francisco 49ers

Cosell Talks: Stafford, Smith, Contending & Pretending

The San Francisco 49ers. The Detroit Lions. Both playoff teams for the first time in years. Both with quarterbacks that were chosen number one in their respective NFL drafts. That’s where the similarity begins and … MORE ►