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  1. Dallas Cowboys among favorites in updated division title predicti...

    Mike Sando

    Will the Cowboys hold off the Eagles in the NFC East? Who will win the loaded NFC West? Mike Sando assigns division title odds for every NFL team.

    Story | Conversation | October 21, 2014
  2. NFL - What traits make a great NFL head coach?

    Mike Sando

    What makes a good NFL head coach? Mike Sando shares insights from his sources on his head coach tier rankings.

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. #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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. '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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Rapid Reaction: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' performance during their 30-28 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC divisional round Sunday: What it means: The Seahawks lost a heartbreaker after their fourth-quarter pass defense faltered once again, a recur...

    Blog | January 13, 2013
  15. What Kaepernick and Wilson are up against

    Mike Sando

    2012 Total QBR Vs. Falcons, Everyone Else Defense ATL Others Gap Matt Cassel 87.0 29.8 +57.2 Cam Newton 86.0 49.1 +36.9 Josh Freeman 77.0 48.7 +28.3 Tony Romo 79.6 61.6 +18.0 M.Staffo...

    Blog | January 11, 2013
  16. Can Seahawks trust defense in late going?

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks might not be able to trust their defense if facing a close finish against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Seahawks D: Fourth Quarters Venue Home Road Comp. 35 51 Att. 74 83 Pct. 47.3 ...

    Blog | January 10, 2013