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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. The fear factor of Kam Chancellor

    Mike Sando

    Fear takes subtle forms in the NFL. An offense fearing dominant defensive linemen can assign additional blockers to mitigate the damage. A defense fearing a gifted receiver can roll its coverages. A quarterback fearful of an elite cornerback can dire...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  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. Bounty suspensions validate DT decision

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks appreciated Anthony Hargrove's contributions to their defense in 2011, including the pivotal safety Hargrove provided during a comeback victory over the New York Giants. That the Seahawks decided to replace Hargrove with veter...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  5. Saints' bounty system and the Rams

    Mike Sando

    St. Louis Rams fans can expect coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to field a defense with a nasty demeanor. Rough Stuff: 2009 to 2011 Penalties Rank Team Team 1 Lions 65 2 Eagles 53 3...

    Blog | March 02, 2012
  6. Spagnuolo, Williams and trading places

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints both fared well in lining up defensive coordinators. Steve Spagnuolo, let go as Rams coach this month, takes over the Saints defense. He replaces Gregg Williams, who is expected to join the Rams under new ...

    Blog | January 19, 2012
  7. How to pressure Brees? Pick your poison

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The best defenses can harass opposing quarterbacks without sending additional rushers. The 49ers have done a pretty good job of it this season. They have sent four or fewer rushers on 80.9 percent of opposing quarterbacks' drop...

    Blog | January 14, 2012
  8. Sando's best guess: Saints-49ers prediction

    Mike Sando

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers, despite fielding arguably the NFL's best defense in 2011, gave up 513 yards to Philadelphia and 472 yards to Dallas in the first four weeks of the regular season. Later, the New York Giants managed 3...

    Blog | January 13, 2012
  9. Saints, 49ers have differences to settle

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints were both 13-3 this season. They will both spent Saturday afternoon at Candlestick Park in a divisional-round playoff game. Most of the similarities end there. I've put together charts showing differe...

    Blog | January 09, 2012
  10. Sando's best guesses: Week 8 predictions

    Mike Sando

    The weekly "Final Word" item scheduled for later Friday includes a note about the defenses NFC West teams face in Week 8. Basically, three of four opponents rank fourth or higher in yards allowed this season. All four have faced NFC West offenses,...

    Blog | October 28, 2011
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The Manusky file: 49ers vs. Cardinals

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers' defense gave Arizona problems even when Kurt Warner was playing at a Pro Bowl level for the Cardinals. Count that among the reasons Arizona is interviewing Manusky as a candidate to replace the recently fired Bill Davis as...

    Blog | January 11, 2011
  14. Grading NFL defenses after the catch

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers tossed three touchdown passes against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. None of the passes were thrown to the end zone. A running back (Brian Westbrook), tight end (Vernon Davis) and wide receiver (Josh Morgan) gained most...

    Blog | December 15, 2010
  15. How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch

    Mike Sando

    FALLING 1. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks RB. Two lost fumbles and two dropped passes (one of them on a pass that was tough to handle) prevented Seattle's offense from exploiting the New Orleans Saints' defense any further. The Seahawks passed the ball ...

    Blog | November 24, 2010
  16. Where NFC West teams rank: Week 11

    Mike Sando

    A few highlights regarding where NFC West teams rank in various statistical categories through Week 11: The San Francisco 49ers fell six more spots in sacks allowed per pass attempt. The team has fallen from 11th to 17th to 23rd in that category ...

    Blog | November 23, 2010