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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. Cardinals' big-play philosophy, continued

    Mike Sando

    The way Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer sees things, his team will need big plays in the absence of extended drives to compete against rugged NFC West defenses. '12 Points/Drive Allowed by Explosive Plays Explosive Plays 0...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  4. 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
  5. Rams let it fly in name of camaraderie

    Mike Sando

    St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Friday he likes what he's seeing from rookie T.J. McDonald, the third-round pick working with the first-team defense at safety. That and other on-field developments will affect the Rams where it counts ...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  6. 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
  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. Tavon Austin's open-field juke, other notes

    Mike Sando

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Rookie receiver Tavon Austin returned a punt toward the right sideline Tuesday and broke into the clear, leaving punter Johnny Hekker as the last line of defense. Austin, the St. Louis Rams' quick and elusive first-round draft c...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  9. '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
  10. Deacon Jones changed game, set standard

    Mike Sando

    Quarterback Johnny Unitas and receiver Raymond Berry had been tormenting NFL Western Conference defenses with the deep ball when along came David "Deacon" Jones and a new wave of defensive linemen to spoil the fun. "The main pattern we were using ...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Thoughts as Cardinals draft for defense

    Mike Sando

    The Arizona Cardinals have drafted for defense with three of their first four selections in the 2013 NFL draft after ranking 31st last season with 25 offensive touchdowns. Misplaced priorities? Not necessarily. The team upgraded at quarterback ...

    Blog | April 27, 2013
  15. Carson Palmer and Cardinals' QB mindset

    Mike Sando

    A.J. from Oakland thinks Carson Palmer could again be an effective quarterback if he were to benefit from decent protection and improved weapons. "Considering how good the Arizona Cardinals' defense is and having good receivers," he writes, "why d...

    Blog | March 30, 2013
  16. 101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    Mike Sando

    Fred Robbins and James Hall combined to start 31 games on the St. Louis Rams' defensive line in 2011. Rod Hood, Al Harris, Ben Leber and C.J. Ah You combined to make another 14 starts for the Rams' defense that year. None of the six was on an N...

    Blog | March 26, 2013