Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Aug 2005, 02:52pm by Mike Tanier

Extreme Defensive Makeovers

Finally fed up with years of bad defense, Minnesota and Kansas City have both transformed their defensive lineups with numerous free agents and top draft picks this offseason. Mike Tanier looks back at other recent teams that tried the same approach and finds mixed results.

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16 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2005, 11:40pm by MikeT

28 Aug 2005, 07:23pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

The AFC West is where the bad boys go, and we're not just talking about Raiders anymore. Mike Tanier catches you up on all the pot-smokin', bouncer-bashin', league-suin', speaker-climbin', injury-nursin', signing-bonus-skippin' action in his last edition of Four Downs.

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26 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2005, 10:23pm by Todd S.

22 Aug 2005, 01:26pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC West

Mike Tanier reports the hot news from the NFC West as teams break camp: Kurt Warner stumbles, Alex Smith crumbles, Matt Hasselbeck shops, Richie Incognito fumes, Andy Stokes becomes relevent, Mike Martz juggles cornerbacks, Denny Green shuffles centers, and Mike Holmgren gives the boys a day off.

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12 comments, Last at 24 Aug 2005, 8:52pm by MikeT

15 Aug 2005, 10:32am by Mike Tanier

Zone Coverage: Not as Simple as its Seams

As a follow-up to our recent Minicamp on man coverage, Mike Tanier looks at zone coverage schemes, particularly three-deep zones. Find out the difference between Sky and Cloud defenses, learn what it really means to roll coverage, and take a trip into the No-Cover Zone.

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32 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2010, 11:40am by cheap clothes

07 Aug 2005, 09:37pm by Mike Tanier

Man Coverage: You Can't Beat It

Man coverage in the NFL means more than just lining up across from a receiver and following him around the field. Mike Tanier takes a look at the most common varieties of man coverage used in the NFL, as well as the techniques defenders use to keep from getting toasted.

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14 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2005, 2:58pm by Jason

08 Jul 2005, 03:06pm by Mike Tanier

Defensive Line Basics: Mind the Gap

The latest in our series on the building blocks of football strategy discusses the defensive line. Learn about numbered techniques, engagement with blockers, and the difference between one-gap and one-gap responsibilities.

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55 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2005, 6:30pm by Bloomeanie

05 Jul 2005, 09:34pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

Todd Sauerbrun shoots for a punting record, Az Hakim performs a hitch-'n'-go in Kansas City, and the Raiders defense faces an identity crisis. Mike Tanier helps you get caught up with the AFC West in the latest installment of Four Downs.

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38 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2005, 12:17pm by chiefzilla

21 Jun 2005, 12:01pm by Mike Tanier

Going Long in Kansas City

No matter how bad the field position in Kansas City, you know there's always a threat the offense will score. Of course, that goes for both the Chiefs and their opponents. Mike Tanier takes a look at the numbers for short drives and long drives in 2004, and what that tells us about the specific strengths and weaknesses of the Chiefs. Plus, short drive and long drive stats for every team.

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32 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2005, 3:15am by Jason

16 Jun 2005, 04:41pm by Mike Tanier

The 4-3 vs. the 3-4

In response to a reader request, Mike Tanier breaks down the difference between the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. What's that, you say? You already know the difference? Well what about one-gap vs. two-gap schemes? The zone blitz? Mike breaks it all down for you.

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92 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2010, 6:09am by Coach_Espy

07 Jun 2005, 11:18am by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC West

The Seahawks defense has a new look, the Rams will soon have a new playing surface, and the Cardinals believe their new stadium will make them the next Eagles. Mike Tanier also has a very different take on that infamous 49ers video as he surveys the NFC West.

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1 comment, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 1:33am by robert