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  1. Defense still key for NFL champions?

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced each other in the 2013 preseason, I remember thinking the game had a regular-season feel to it. There was an edge to both teams that felt misplaced for August. Peyton Manning and Russell W...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  2. Closer look: Defensive starter projections

    Mike Sando

    We interrupt ongoing coverage of Michael Crabtree's surgically repaired Achilles tendon to continue our recent discussion on average ages for projected 2013 NFL starting lineups. Offense went first. Defense is up next. 2013 Starter Age Rank...

    Blog | May 23, 2013
  3. Which defenses got most bang for cap buck

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks ranked seventh in defensive EPA last season. That was very good, but it was even better given the team's No. 30 ranking in salary-cap space allotted for defensive players. By that measure, Seattle led the NFL in bang for the sala...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  4. Jauron in picture: How his defenses ranked

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- The St. Louis Rams are reportedly considering former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron as a candidate for defensive coordinator. I've put together a chart showing where defenses associated with Jauron have ranke...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  5. Wrap-up: Bears 28, Cardinals 13

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 28-13 home defeat to the Chicago Bears in Week 16: What it means: The Cardinals fell to 5-10, moving closer to a second 5-11 finish in three seasons. Arizona again showed its ability to play strong pass defense, ...

    Blog | December 23, 2012
  6. Kaepernick, Wilson vs. same four defenses

    Mike Sando

    Starts vs. Rams, Bears, Dolphins, Patriots QB Kaepernick Wilson W-L 3-1 2-2 Action plays 146 160 Dropbacks 120 138 Completions 69 77 Attempts 103 116 Comp. pct. 67.0 66.4 P...

    Blog | December 19, 2012
  7. Seahawks know they have the quarterback

    Mike Sando

    CHICAGO -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had much to say Sunday about his coaches, teammates and even what he termed a "spectacular" Chicago Bears defense. Everyone else was talking about him. There was so much to say after Wilson...

    Blog | December 02, 2012
  8. 2012 NFC West defense ranks thru Week 10

    Mike Sando

    Measuring NFL defenses by yards allowed will provide a general idea which ones have fared better than others. Measuring them by points allowed can do the same. Both measures have obvious limitations. Sometimes, yards allowed are meaningless. Po...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  9. 49ers present Rams with different challenge

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams' defense could not stop the Green Bay Packers or New England Patriots from flourishing on third down. Those teams converted 16 of 27 chances in recent victories over St. Louis. Early downs could present the biggest challenge ...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  10. Mike Sando's MVP Watch

    Mike Sando

    The Chicago Bears have owned one of the NFL's best records, backed by a dominant defense. They haven't had an obvious MVP candidate. How about Charles Tillman? The 10th-year cornerback earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time last season. He b...

    Blog | October 24, 2012
  11. Every scoring defense ranks among top five

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams rank second through fifth in fewest points allowed through Week 6. That's a big change from this point last season, when only the San Francisco 49ers ranked among the top 18 in that category. The 49ers were second then, followed in ...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  12. Wrap-up: Seahawks 38, Bears 14

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks during their 38-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 15: What it means: The Seahawks (7-7) kept themselves alive in the NFC playoff picture through a mix of big-play defense and special teams,...

    Blog | December 18, 2011
  13. Mailbag: Carroll's approach to building

    Mike Sando

    Scott from Gunma, Japan cited the Seattle Seahawks' approach to rebuilding when reading Mike Wilbon's column about poor pass defense in the NFL. Scott sees the Seahawks emphasizing the run by focusing on offensive linemen in the 2011 draft, a year ...

    Blog | September 17, 2011
  14. Which NFL teams draft for defense early

    Mike Sando

    Ray Horton is the Arizona Cardinals' third defensive coordinator since Ken Whisenhunt became head coach in 2007. He inherits a defense that has struggled despite significant investments. Arizona has used six first- and second-round choices for ...

    Blog | April 27, 2011
  15. You called it: Fearless predictions (Week 19)

    Mike Sando

    710ESPN Seattle radio host Dave Grosby put me on the spot Thursday by asking whether I thought Seattle or Chicago would win in the NFC divisional round Sunday. I leaned toward the Bears, figuring their defense would play too well and force turnove...

    Blog | January 13, 2011
  16. How aggressive was your team's defense?

    Mike Sando

    An earlier item referenced how many times per game the Chicago Bears sent six or more pass-rushers after opposing quarterbacks. The number was 2.8, but what was the context? I asked that question to ESPN Stats & Information. Marty Callinan prov...

    Blog | January 12, 2011