NFC West

San Francisco 49ers Commentary: Signing Mike Wallace Can Get 49ers Back To The Super Bowl

on February 13 2013 11:52 AM

If the San Francisco 49ers hope to return to the Super Bowl and take the next step by winning it, they should sign Mike Wallace in free agency. The fleet-footed Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is the dynamic deep threat the 49ers need.

With youngster Colin Kaepernick now firmly installed at quarterback, the 49ers must expand their offense to suit Kaepernick's skills. The first priority for head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, should be improving the vertical pass attack.

Adding Wallace is the best method for doing that. Despite his troubles in the Steel City, Wallace is a premier game-breaking weapon. Few receivers in football can match his ability to use straight-line speed to stretch a defense.

The 49ers have already experienced what having a true deep threat can do for their offense. Veteran Randy Moss may have not been a prolific performer in 2012. However, his mere presence expanded the 49ers big play potential and created openings for others.

Analyzing The Arizona Cardinals Defensive Scheme Under Todd Bowles and Bruce Arians.

on February 02 2013 1:32 PM
Analyzing The Arizona Cardinals Defensive Scheme Under Todd Bowles and Bruce Arians.

 

Since the hiring of Bruce Arians by the Arizona Cardinals, fans and pundits alike have been awash with praise for the front offise and the staff that Arians has put together, with one small exception—defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

From the moment Arians was hired, it became apparent that, in spite of what many fans had hoped, former defensive coordinator Ray Horton would not remain. Early reports indicated that Bowles and Arians were always a package deal, and it quickly became clear that this was, indeed the case.

Horton and the Arizona Cardinals defense were one of the teams sole high points in 2012, and many had been pulling for Horton to get the top job—it would be hard for anyone to argue that he hadn't earned the chance.

It is not surprising, therefore, that fans are somewhat hesitant about what Bowles may do. On the face of it, it's a legitimate concern—Bowles is coming off an unsuccessful half-season as defensive coordinator in Philadelphia, using a 4-3 scheme very foreign to most Cardinals players. Furthermore, no team has made the playoffs since 2007 while Bowles has been in a senior coaching position.

With Arizona Cardinals Coaching Staff Coming Together, Focus Moves to Draft Preparation, QB Scouting.

on January 22 2013 8:54 AM
With Arizona Cardinals Coaching Staff Coming Together, Focus Moves to Draft Preparation, QB Scouting.

When Bruce Arians was announced as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, he said he hoped to have his coaching staff assembled before the team left for Mobile, Alabama and the Senior Bowl. Against the odds, Arians appears to have made good on his first promise, reportedly putting together his entire staff within days of his appointment, save for the final paperwork—no mean feat considering that tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens is apparently the only holdover from Ken Whisenhunt's staff.

Thus far, only three assistants have officially been named, Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin as offensive coordinator and Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense.

Bowles, a former team captain at Temple, under then head coach Arians, comes as no surprise to anyone. He was reportedly always part of a package deal with Arians, who had apparently promised him the job when Arians was the leading candidate for the Chicago Bears job. 

Bowles was a finalist for the Cardinals defensive coordinator position in 2011 narrowly losing out to Ray Horton at the time, and will likely be a near straight swap for the outgoing Horton. 

Arizona Cardinals Hire Bruce Arians as Head Coach, Reportedly Lose Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton in Process

on January 18 2013 5:45 AM
Arizona Cardinals Hire Bruce Arians as Head Coach, Reportedly Lose Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton in Process

The Arizona Cardinals search is over, with former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce Arians officially named as their new head coach. However, in the process, they may have lost their current defensive coordinator Ray Horton who was reportedly lead to believe that he would get the job.

Arians becomes the Cardinals head coach following a lengthy and thorough search. Arians reportedly interviewed very well, and left the interview very confident about his chances, referring to the Cardinals as "we" during a post interview press conference, even before he was offered the job.

Arians is, in some ways, the most successful former head coach available. In 2012 he lead the Indianapolis Colts on an interrim basis for 12 games while regular head coach Chuck Pagano was undergoing Leukaemia treatment. During that time, he lead the Colts to an impressive 9-3 run to the playoffs.

Bruce Arians Interviews With Arizona Cardinals, Has "Heck of a Feeling" About The Organization.

on January 17 2013 5:31 PM
Bruce Arians Interviews With Arizona Cardinals, Has "Heck of a Feeling" About The Organization.

Bruce Arians is the latest candidate to interview for the Arizona Cardinals vacant head coaching job, and could very well be the last. The Cardinals are the only NFL team remaining without a head coach, and seemingly have their pick of anyone they would want. However, the Cardinals may already have a favorite from amongst already interviewed candidates.

Several coaches have interviewed with the team, and at least one other has been rumored, though not officially confirmed.

The teams defensive coordinator Ray Horton was the first coach to be interviewed, and even got a lengthy second interview to hammer out specifics shortly thereafter. But as interviews have continued to be scheduled with other Candidates, many now feel that Horton is noe, at best, a long shot. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator and Phoenix native Darrell Bevell and now Arians have all had confirmed interviews with the team, and rumors continue to circulate that current Pittsburgh Steelers and former Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley secretly met with the team as well.

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