Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Aug 2006, 12:50pm by Mike Tanier

Stemming and Disguising Coverage

Offensive motion before the snap is tightly regulated. But defensive players can move around as much as they want, shifting formations and creating mismatches. Defensive coordinators call this pre-snap motion "stemming," and it is the subject of this summer's final Strategy Minicamp.

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48 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2007, 6:24am by Cam

19 Aug 2006, 12:49pm by Mike Tanier

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Special Teams

And now, the moment you've been waiting for ... an article where Buffalo and Cleveland rank in the top five!

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49 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2006, 1:27pm by PackMan

02 Aug 2006, 08:59pm by Mike Tanier

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Linebackers

We're back after much technical difficulty, and we come bearing linebacker rankings. The Super Bowl champions finally top one of our rankings, with the NFC champions just a few spots behind. Maybe linebacker is actually the most important position on the field...

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46 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2006, 2:07pm by TracingError

02 Aug 2006, 06:42pm by Mike Tanier

The Great Hall of Fame Debate

Everyone loves a good Hall of Fame argument, including our own Michael David Smith and Mike Tanier. In this Hall of Fame Game special, the two Mikes offer their opinions on Canton hopefuls, from current players to recent retirees, and nearly strangle each other before the Terrell Davis segment is finished.

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261 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2006, 12:37pm by Dan Grum

20 Jul 2006, 12:38pm by Mike Tanier

The Passing Game III: Bootlegs

The third part of our series on passing offense covers the play-action bootleg. Mike Tanier leaves the pocket, rolls right, and gives you the scoop on the waggle.

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26 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2007, 9:21pm by mark

14 Jul 2006, 12:04pm by Mike Tanier

The Passing Game II: Slants and Flats

The quick slant is the pass route that made Bill Walsh a genius and changed the way NFL football was played in the 1980s. Our latest strategy minicamp examines several variations on the classic Slant-and-Flats play. Find out how it works and why it is so darn hard to stop.

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29 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2006, 11:22pm by Vern

12 Jul 2006, 11:59am by Mike Tanier

The Science of Pass Offense

In the first of a four-part Minicamp series on the passing game, Mike Tanier breaks down the basics of pass protection, patterns, and quarterback drops.

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90 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2010, 10:17am by abv

10 Jul 2006, 11:19am by Mike Tanier

Game Review: EA Sports Head Coach

If you like the Madden series of football games but are too clumsy with a controller to take your team to the Super Bowl, EA Sports Head Coach may look like the game for you. Unfortunately, Mike Tanier learns that dopey AI and some poor design decisions make the game a frustrating exercise in micro-management.

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66 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2007, 7:14pm by Geoff

20 Jun 2006, 03:30pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: The Worst Kicker Ever

As a college quarterback, Bob Timberlake was an All American and a Rose Bowl hero. As a pro kicker, his 1-for-15 performance in 1965 was so bad that the Giants risked an inter-league war to replace him.

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23 comments, Last at 31 Mar 2010, 3:07pm by charlesdarwin

19 May 2006, 10:17pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

Hi. Remember us? We're back from insane book deadline week and happy to bring you the second edition of Best Player Available analysis from Sean McCormick, plus the usual AFC West goofiness from Mike Tanier. Who's ready for some Chargers parking news?

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81 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 1:13pm by San Diego Ken