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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Dan from parts unknown writes: I don't care how bad they played in their opener. you honestly believe the colts are the 10th-best team in NFL? If so, I am not sure I ever want to visit espn.com again because if you're experts, I'm the freakin queen of england!
Mike Sando: Thanks for writing, your majesty. I do care how poorly teams played in their openers. That likely explains our disagreement. The power rankings do not reflect which teams we think will be best in Week 17. They reflect which teams we think are best heading into Week 2. Sorry for any confusion.
Mike Sando: Perhaps when the fans demand it, according to Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mike Sando: Thanks, Matt. Another reader thought I was really "sugar-coating" it to suggest the 49ers' offense had made strides. But my comments were all relative to just how poorly the offense performed last season. With that in mind, the progress seemed undeniable to me. Glad you agreed.
Mike Sando: Sandstorm is a new one to me. Not bad. Kent and Forsett both have practice-squad eligibility because neither has been on the 45-man game-day roster for nine games in a season. Once a player is waived, other teams have 24 hours to submit a waiver claim. If no claim is made, the team that waived the player is free to re-sign him to the active roster or practice squad (if eligible).
I could see Seattle bringing back both players on the practice squad, but I would not speculate on which player might be released.
Mike Sando: Better than even? That might be a little strong. I do give the 49ers a chance because they can run the ball, and because Seattle's offense has some issues.
Mike Sando: The Cardinals are on the record saying they are not trading Boldin. There is nothing to talk about right now. Also, the Cardinals presumably would not trade a top play to their primary division rival.
Mike Sando: Adding a big-time receiver isn't always an option. Which team is going to trade a big-time receiver after Week 1? I cannot think of one right now. Lots of teams signed stopgap veterans to patch for injuries after the first game. The best players are already signed and starting elsewhere.
Mike Sando: Your frustration is understandable following such a bad Week 1 game for Seattle, but the league might disagree with you. Alexander wasn't even on a roster last week. If Seattle cut Julius Jones, someone would sign him quickly, in my estimation. Justin Forsett has potential. He is not a proven return specialist. The Seahawks would like him back at some point. I would personally rather have Forsett than a second kicker, but no one is offering me jobs as a general manager, either.
Mike Sando: The 49ers consider themselves to be a hybrid defense. Justin Smith is a big part of what they want to do. He has also been a 4-3 defensive end. The 49ers have listed him as a weak outside linebacker. In a 3-4, Spikes would be the strong inside linebacker, but he would have to beat out Jeff Ulbrich.