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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. When two years is an NFL eternity

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams have four new offensive and defensive coordinators this offseason. That includes two in Arizona and one apiece in St. Louis and Seattle. NFL Coordinator Longevity Hired Offense Defense 2013 13 12 2...

    Blog | February 26, 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. Initial look at Brady against the 49ers

    Mike Sando

    2012 Tom Brady vs. 49ers Defense QBs Brady SF Opp. Action plays 578 564 Dropbacks 517 494 Comp. 319 267 Att. 495 446 Pct. 64.4 59.9 Yards 3,833 2,643 YPA 7.7 5.9 ...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  5. Seahawks' defense ready to contain 49ers?

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Trailing 17-16 deep into the fourth quarter at Seattle last season, the San Francisco 49ers faced an increasingly desperate set of circumstances. 2011 Alex Smith vs. Seahawks Down 1st/2nd 3rd Action plays 44 ...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  6. Following up on 49ers' third-down defense

    Mike Sando

    2011 49ers 3rd-down Nickel D vs. Giants Stat Wk. 10 Playoffs Total Plays 12 19 31 Yds./play 10.7 3.9 6.5 Passes 10 15 25 Pass yds. 127 108 235 YPA 12.7 7.2 9.4 TD 2 1 ...

    Blog | October 12, 2012
  7. NFC West: Injury situations that matter

    Mike Sando

    Arizona Cardinals: Life without the injured Ryan Williams at running back begins Sunday against a Buffalo defense that allowed 621 yards to San Francisco, including 311 on the ground. Utility back LaRod Stephens-Howling expects to return from a hip i...

    Blog | October 10, 2012
  8. Stacking up against Super Bowl defenses

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Significant defensive improvements have given the NFC champion New York Giants a boost during their run to Super Bowl XLVI. AFC champion New England has fared better in scoring defense than by traditional yardage measures. Overa...

    Blog | February 02, 2012
  9. 49ers, Seahawks tough on Rams' Williams

    Mike Sando

    New coordinator Gregg Williams inherits a St. Louis Rams defense that ranked seventh in sacks per pass attempt this season. That ranking seems high for a team that finished with a 2-14 record. But with Chris Long and Robert Quinn, the Rams do h...

    Blog | January 26, 2012
  10. Where 49ers appear vulnerable vs. Giants

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The New York Giants' Eli Manning led the NFL this season with 18 pass completions covering at least 40 yards. The San Francisco 49ers' defense, though among the very best in most key statistical categories, gave up 12 of these pla...

    Blog | January 22, 2012
  11. Sando's best guess: Giants-49ers prediction

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers play violent defense. They dominate on special teams. They limit turnovers by design and through impeccable decision making. They are good enough on offense to win close games against teams with flawed defenses. Put it all ...

    Blog | January 20, 2012
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Video: From Gore to Cardinals' QBs

    Mike Sando

    Our latest NFC 411 video features Dan Graziano's thoughts on the New York Giants' run defense against Frank Gore, plus my thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' quarterbacks. Teams from the NFC East have gone 4-0 against the St. Louis Rams. They have ...

    Blog | November 10, 2011
  15. NFC West Stock Watch

    Mike Sando

    FALLING 1. Ray Horton, Cardinals defensive coordinator. The Cardinals' defense hasn't made the necessary improvements five games into the season. Arizona allowed 172 yards rushing and fell behind 28-0 during the first quarter of its 34-10 defeat a...

    Blog | October 11, 2011
  16. Chat wrap: Complaints on play-calling

    Mike Sando

    The latest NFC West chat moved up and down the field without much resistance. Thanks for those who made the key plays. The Seattle Seahawks' defense, the St. Louis Rams' personnel approach, the San Francisco 49ers' linebackers and the Arizona Card...

    Blog | October 06, 2011