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  1. 2013 NFL age rankings at reduction to 53

    Mike Sando

    The mandatory reduction to 53-man active rosters Saturday provides an opportunity to pass along average age ranks for NFL active rosters overall as well as for offense, defense and specialists. 2013 Age Ranks: Active Rosters, Aug. 31 Rk. ...

    Blog | September 01, 2013
  2. #NFLRank: A full NFC West accounting

    Mike Sando

    2013 #NFLRank for NFC West Rank Player Poll 3 Patrick Willis Defense 7 Larry Fitzgerald Offense 8 Richard Sherman Defense 10 Aldon Smith Defense 11 Justin Smith Defense 17 Earl Tho...

    Blog | August 31, 2013
  3. Tough decisions are best kind to have

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks arguably had the NFL's best secondary even without Walter Thurmond factoring as a healthy contributor. Thurmond's strong performances through training camp and his work with the first-team defense Monday make an outstanding se...

    Blog | August 05, 2013
  4. West gaining ground on Larry Fitzgerald?

    Mike Sando

    The Arizona Cardinals held a 10-0 lead in Atlanta last season when their defense picked off Matt Ryan, setting up first-and-10 from the Falcons' 18. The team sent Larry Fitzgerald onto the field as the lone receiver in a run-oriented personnel gro...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  5. Eight in the Box: Biggest questions

    Mike Sando

    The major question facing each team in the NFC West as summer break looms: Arizona Cardinals: What form will the defense take? Todd Bowles is the new coordinator after taking over for Ray Horton. Bowles said from the beginning he would only "tweak...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  6. 'Small' details key going into 2013 season

    Mike Sando

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ranked 24th last season in Total QBR (45.7) against base defenses. He ranked 14th with a 61.1 QBR score when defenses subbed out front-seven players for additional defensive backs. Newton ranked among the N...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  7. Implications for Eric Mangini's hiring

    Mike Sando

    Eric Mangini's hiring as a senior consultant, ostensibly to help the San Francisco 49ers' offense prepare for opposing defenses, raises obvious questions about longer-term implications. It's reasonable to wonder whether the 49ers have lined up their ...

    Blog | June 01, 2013
  8. Stacking the box against a loaded question

    Mike Sando

    Defending a running back from criticism has been as simple as blaming defenses for "stacking the box" against him. It's usually not that simple. The subject came up here most recently after we considered why the St. Louis Rams had so few "explo...

    Blog | May 24, 2013
  9. 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
  10. On Dashon Goldson's inevitable departure

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers knew they could not re-sign every free agent after fielding the NFL's highest-paid defense last season. That enabled Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson to reach the market and agree to terms Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Bu...

    Blog | March 13, 2013
  11. Fun with Revis, the story that won't go away

    Mike Sando

    Acquiring Darrelle Revis and making the cornerback one of their highest-paid players would complicate the San Francisco 49ers' efforts to manage and replenish what was the NFL's highest-priced defense last season. For that reason, and because Revi...

    Blog | March 05, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Around the NFC West: Keeping 3-4 base

    Mike Sando

    Around the NFC West: Feb. 8, 2013 Arizona Cardinals McManaman: Parcells, Bowles and 3-4 Somers: Dockett's role in defense Urban: Peterson's returns, Bowles St. Louis Rams Thomas: Bush's birthday surprise ...

    Blog | February 08, 2013
  14. Two players to watch for 49ers vs. Ravens

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- The Baltimore Ravens' defense dominated the right side of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line during a 2011 game in Baltimore. The 49ers made a significant upgrade since then by moving Alex Boone into the lineup at right guard. ...

    Blog | February 03, 2013
  15. Around the NFC West: York on QB, more

    Mike Sando

    Around the NFC West: Jan. 31, 2013 Arizona Cardinals Somers: 3-4 defense, coaching gurus Urban: Bidwill talks training camp St. Louis Rams Thomas: 49ers' thoughts on Rams San Francisco 49ers Maiocco...

    Blog | February 01, 2013
  16. Around the NFC West: Embracing hype

    Mike Sando

    Around the NFC West: Jan. 28, 2013 Arizona Cardinals Bickley: Dockett excited about defense Urban: Staff roundup, Fitz at Pro Bowl St. Louis Rams Thomas: Center Wells as surgery again San Francisco 49ers ...

    Blog | January 28, 2013