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The NFL's down months continue to wear on, but as the 2014 preseason closes in, ongoing injury concerns will start to draw more and more attention. Elsewhere, new injuries may—and almost certainly will—surface in the weeks to come.

Last month, this author reviewed several NFL injuries, ranking them somewhat unscientifically—publicly available medical details are incomplete, after all—in order of increasing level of alarm.

Nevertheless, much has changed in the past few weeks—both for better and, unfortunately, worse.

With that in mind—and with another three offseason weeks in the books—let’s take a look at a few more health issues that might affect the way in which the 2014 preseason and regular season unfold.

As before, injuries will fall into one of three categories: Green, yellow or red. Also as before, the following list is admittedly incomplete—and also fluid. As such, more injury reviews and updates will follow as the preseason’s first week inches closer.

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NFL general managers will have a brief break from their vacations Thursday when they have a chance to participate in a supplemental draft.

While the Oakland Athletics are working on a 10-year lease to stay at the Coliseum, the Raiders are in talks to have the aging structure demolished in 2015 to make room for a new football stadium, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The NFL suspended Redskins safety Tanard Jackson yet again for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The indefinite suspension, the second one he has received since 2012, will begin immediately the NFL announced.

The San Francisco 49ers have entered a new era of quality in the Jim Harbaugh era.  After suffering through subpar and disastrous teams from 2003 through 2010, the 49ers have reached three straight NFC Championship Games and are consistent Super Bowl threats.

The fact that Harbaugh took a team that was mired in mediocrity and turned it into a winner without a significant influx of talent is very impressive.  He more than earned his 2011 NFL Coach of the Year award and has positioned the 49ers well for future success.

The question we’re asking today is where Harbaugh ranks among the list of 49ers coaches.  San Francisco has had 18 different men prowling the sidelines dating back to the old All-American Football Conference days in the 1940s, and while some have had fantastic careers, others have seen their fortunes tank.

We’re taking into account success in the standings or sure, but this isn’t just a list of coaches ranked according to their win-loss record.  We’re also gauging their abilities to turn teams around, to maintain from year to year a level of consistently winning football and to succeed in an area where their unsuccessful predecessors had obviously failed: to get the most out of their players.

We’re also looking at their intangible leadership characteristics.  Are they the kind of coach that had players dying to come to San Francisco, or did they oversee a mass exodus of talent?

Of course, at the end of the day, everything boils down to championships, so a lack of rings won’t get you very far.

Let’s start at the bottom with number 18, with recent suffering.

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R.I.P. Charles Henry “Chuck” Noll (January 5, 1932 – June 13, 2014). 

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Sumlin and McKinney did not really have a mobile quarterback to work with in Houston (Case Keenum) to run a true spread option offense. What they did have was one of the more recent evolutions of option football – the package play. The package play, to put it simply, is having three or four plays all going at the exact same time on different parts of the field; the quarterback has the “option” to execute any one of them based on his pre-snap read.

For instance, from a single back/four wide shotgun set, Sumlin might have put a wide receiver screen on both sides of the field, an inside zone run up front, with a fourth option of a quarterback run. If the box is “hard” with six defenders on five blockers, throwing the screen to either side of the field off of play-action becomes a safe play with the potential for a huge gain. If the box is “soft” with both safeties deep to stop the passing game, both the inside zone run and the quarterback keeper become viable choices based on the read from the back side defensive end.

A big reason why package offenses like Clemson and Oregon are able to operate so smoothly at such a fast pace is that they might be running literally the same play four or five times in a row while simply executing a different option each time. On top of that, even when not running screens or package plays, the offense can simply pick out whichever opposing defensive back is the worst in man-to-man coverage and exploit him all game long.

It is rare for a defense to have two good cover corners, let alone four of them that have to keep their receivers in check with little to no safety help. Finding the most favorable matchup in C-USA is often as simple as throwing at the walk-ons.

Or as one NFL coach told me: “You know what’s most amazing about Peyton Manning as a quarterback? Here’s the thing: He is able to take what has been studied for hours on film, process all that information, and instantly recognize a situation in the split-second heat of a game, then get the offense in the perfect play for the situation and complete a throw that makes a real difference. The football he throws might not always be pretty. But the ball he throws has eyes. Manning sees things on the football field other quarterbacks don’t.”
No Plan B, Mark Kiszla

St. Patrick’s Day is the wedding anniversary of Peyton and Ashley Manning. On a Saturday morning, March 17, 2012, with NFL teams anxiously awaiting word from the free-agent quarterback and the Manning family facing one of the biggest decisions of their 11 years of marriage together, Fox texted a simple message to both the groom and his lovely bride: “Happy Anniversary.”

This is the oldest trick in the recruiting playbook. Win the mother’s heart and the player will follow. A gentle tug on the heartstrings in the direction of Denver with happy anniversary wishes makes for a cute story, but the important question was adroitly asked by Sports Illustrated pro football expert Peter King: Where did Foxy get Ashley Manning’s cell number? “Top secret,” Fox told King. “I recruited for 10 years in college. I was pretty good.”

No Plan B, Mark Kiszla.

Look, the truth is, the Broncos had a pretty good idea they were signing Mr. Noodle Arm, yet offered Manning a $96 million contract with full confidence the best QB mind in the business would find a way to adapt.

"No Plan B", Mark Kiszla.

Pero eh, son manías.

Ahora que se acerca  el final de la temporada regular y vienen cambios de personal, leo en varias webs sobre General Managers que deberían o podrían ser despedidos.

A mi entender, el baremo con el que debes juzgar a un GM es diferente del que debes usar para juzgar a un HC, y el margen debe ser mayor. A no ser que el GM en cuestión tome decisiones horribles una tras otra (que de sus clases de Draft no haya nada aprovechable, que no contrate a un solo Free Agent que valga la pena, etc), si se despide al HC no tiene porque despedirsele a él automáticamente. 

Al fin y al cabo, él es quien proporciona las piezas, pero no quien las entrena, hace jugar, y coloca en disposición de rendir. Tu puedes draftear bien pero que tu HC sea un zote, y ahí el GM o le despide, o poco más puede hacer. 

Por cierto, esta reflexión me viene a raíz de leer que Mark Dominik, actual GM de TB, podría ser despedido al terminar la temporada. Se equivocó de HC, si, pero creo que debería dársele otro “régimen” de margen bajo otro entrenador. 

Arm strength is about sixth on the list of what I look for in a quarterback. First, I want to see how accurate he is, and if he can make good decisions. Then I want to see if he’s tough, has good feet, and has leadership qualities. After all of that, then I’ll consider how much arm strength and speed he has. If he isn’t accurate and doesn’t make good decisions, then he isn’t going to be very good at bringing out the best in your other players. If his high school and college coaches couldn’t get him to do these basic things, then it’s unlikely he’d be able to do them in my program either.
Swing Your SwordMike Leach.