NFC West: Chris Myers

On the air: 49ers in Week 2

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
12:40
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call when the 49ers visit the Seahawks for a Week 2 game at Qwest Field. Kickoff is at 1:05 PT. I'm tracking which crews work specific games within the division to see how the networks perceive national interest.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1SFARIFoxSam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers5 of 7
2SF
SEAFoxKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7

CBS and Fox each have seven crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

On the air: Cardinals in Week 2

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
12:35
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bill Mcatee and Steve Beuerlein of CBS get the call when the Dolphins visit the Cardinals for a Week 2 game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:15 MST. I'll track which crews work specific games within the division to see how the networks perceive national interest.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1ARISFFoxSam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers5 of 7
2ARIMIACBSBill Mcatee, Steve Beuerlein7 of 7

CBS and Fox each have seven crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

On the air: Week 1 lineups

September, 2, 2008
9/02/08
4:20
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Raiders were consistently on TV in my local market when I was growing up. That meant tuning in Bill King on the radio at the expense of the national broadcast. Perhaps you do the equivalent for whatever team you follow. Sometimes it depends on which TV broadcast team is working the game, or how well your favorite team is faring that day.

Either way, here's a heads-up on the Fox crews working NFC West games:

  • Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli and Charissa Thompson are working the Seahawks-Bills game.
  • Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa are working the Rams-Eagles game.
  • Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Chris Myers are working the Cardinals-49ers game.

I wind up watching games in person and then re-watching on video without as much regard for the audio. Which broadcast teams do you like? Which ones really do their homework?

 

Mailbag: Cards' optimism reaches Alaska

September, 2, 2008
9/02/08
10:53
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jose from Anchorage, Alaska, writes: Alright, I have been a hardcore Cardinals fan for a long time. And boy have I been through some bleak years. However, I really do think this year it is different.

I mean, honestly, the defense is one of the best in the league. We got playmakers like Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett and Antrel Rolle's move to FS should pay dividends. Also, the additions of a healthy [Bert] Berry and [Chike] Okeafor on top of the rookies [Calais] Campbell and [Kenny] Iwebema should only help. The only problem I see is our DB depth. So my question to you is, barring any huge injuries to key players, are the Cardinals poised to have a top ten defense this season?

Mike Sando: The Cardinals ranked 17th in yards allowed last season and 27th in points allowed. I'd be surprised if they finished in the Top 10 for either category, but I do expect their defense to improve. As far as this season being different, hey, last season was different. The team got to 8-8. I see a similar record this season if the final seven games wind up being as difficult as they look from this vantage point.


Foggidew from Boonville, Mo., writes: Who was the 49ers' all time best defensive player? I'm "old", but I remember Dave Wilcox. At the time, before Joe Thomas, he was the premier middle linebacker in the league.

Mike Sando: I would rank Wilcox among the top two, with Ronnie Lott, based on what I know. Both are in the Hall of Fame. Wilcox played before my time. The impressive thing about Lott was that he dominated from the secondary, which is very difficult to do. He played both cornerback spots and both safety spots. He landed a spot on the 75th Anniversary team, and he won all those championships. I would be interested in hearing the case for Wilcox.

For the uninitiated, Joe Thomas was the 49ers' general manager during some lean seasons.

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