Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Jul 2007, 10:59am by Mike Tanier

Play of the Day: Bunch Right Skinny Post

Just in case you ever thought about being an NFL free safety, Mike Tanier offers a play designed specifically to confound and exploit you.

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26 comments, Last at 16 Feb 2011, 1:59pm by freeser

15 Jul 2007, 04:08pm by Mike Tanier

FO Ranks All 32 Teams for 2007: Quarterbacks

Yes, it's time for that fun debate, ranking all 32 teams at every position. What, you say, some other website is doing this same thing? Ah, yes, but FOX has been doing this for years, and this is the second year that they've left Football Outsiders in charge. We have an "Inc." in our name, too, even if the only people who ever see it are our accountant and the IRS. Even better, this year's articles feature the always fun FOX reader comments. Mike Tanier kicks things off for 2007 with quarterbacks, led by you know who, followed by you know who.

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38 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2007, 10:42pm by Chris

11 Jul 2007, 07:12pm by Mike Tanier

Play of the Day: Epic End Around

Full house backfield? Check. Dangerous tight end and former college quarterback turned slash receiver at fullback? Check. Reverse to the split end? Check. Today's play has the makings of something special. So why did the Redskins execute it so poorly? Today, we analyze an almost-disastrous reverse to Santana Moss, looking for ways to make it better while preserving its delightful wackiness.

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29 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2009, 4:43am by Dracula Poker

09 Jul 2007, 02:11pm by Mike Tanier

Summertime Blues

Mike Tanier has a look at all the stories (or non-stories) in the NFL this July. (Click link to read more.)

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06 Jul 2007, 05:11pm by Mike Tanier

Leaf: The Film Clip!

A few months ago, Mike Tanier wrote about the new independently-made "mockumentary" Leaf, about everyone's favorite quarterback bust. Mike mentioned that he had a small role in the film, basically playing himself. The folks from Parking Lot Films have put out a film clip from the movie, shown on the NFL Network and other places, and it stars... our very own Mike Tanier! For those of you who always wondered what he looks like, now is your chance.

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6 comments, Last at 09 Jul 2007, 9:00am by Ilanin

05 Jul 2007, 12:25pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: The 1981 Colts

Three words sum this story up nicely: Worst. Defense. Ever.

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53 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2007, 1:15am by DolFan 316

03 Jul 2007, 01:33pm by Mike Tanier

Play of the Day: Goal Line Tight End Passes

The best way to score in goal-to-go situations is to run the ball, but no playbook would be complete without a few goal line pass plays to keep the defense guessing. Today, we'll draw up two passes for the tight end: one a traditional rollout, the other designed to leave a Hall of Famer wide open in the corner of the end zone.

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30 comments, Last at 09 Jul 2007, 12:58pm by MRH

25 Jun 2007, 11:54am by Mike Tanier

Play of the Day: Empty Double Slants

It's third and short. Time to go with two backs, three tight ends, and a power running play, right? Heck no! We're going no-huddle and empty backfield for today's play: a Colts gamble that, thanks to a crazy bounce, paid big dividends for the Titans.

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32 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2007, 11:54pm by josh

21 Jun 2007, 01:09pm by Mike Tanier

Play of The Day: Shotgun Fake Option Seamer

Vince Young is in the shotgun. Will he handoff? Rollout? Run? Throw? Norm Chow doesn't want you to know. Today's play is a fake option pass that would look right at home in Mack Brown or Urban Meyer's playbook.

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30 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2007, 6:36pm by xmenehune

19 Jun 2007, 01:42pm by Mike Tanier

Introducing "Play of the Day"

Summer is here, and the time is right to start installing new plays. Over the next few weeks, Football Outsiders will take you on a tour of some of the NFL's most interesting plays, from rollout options to end arounds. In this introductory column, Mike Tanier explores how NFL coaches are creating exotic formations out of ordinary personnel groupings.

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34 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2007, 4:03am by lobolafcadio