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28 Apr 2005, 09:36am by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC West

In the latest edition of Four Downs, Mike Tanier reviews the draft and gives you the lowdown on rookie free agents from around the NFC West. Plus: Arizona Cardinals fashion advice from teenage girls.

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07 Apr 2005, 09:44am by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

The Chiefs are courting Patrick Surtain, the Broncos are stockpiling former Browns linemen (can Michael Dean Perry be far behind?), Antonio Gates is angling for a new contract, Will Shields is pondering retirement, the Raiders are signing spare parts, and Chiefs defenders are grousing. Four Downs takes a tour of the AFC West with Mike Tanier.

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15 Mar 2005, 02:07pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC West

The Cardinals are early winners in free agency, the Niners signed an anchor for the offensive line, the Rams have taken steps to upgrade the defense, and the Seahawks are just trying to hang on to what they have. Mike Tanier takes us out to the NFC West, where the contenders are trying to make the modest improvements that could lead to a division title.

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24 Feb 2005, 01:28pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

Journey out west to the division that defense forgot. Oakland adds one of the game's best receivers but will he bring Geritol for the defensive line? Is Arrowhead Stadium now the Coors Field of the NFL, scaring off defensive free agents? Plus, Denver joins the march to the 3-4, and finally, the People's Champion has come back... to San Diego?!?! Mike Tanier whips through the AFC West in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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10 Feb 2005, 12:55pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC West

In the first edition of our new offseason feature, Four Downs, Mike Tanier takes a team-by-team look at the NFC West through the eyes of Football Outsiders, and examines the key questions facing each club. Four Downs will be regular feature on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the offseason.

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01 Feb 2005, 07:16pm by Mike Tanier

Life-Long Lessons in Losing

Mike Tanier goes deep inside the psyche of Philadelphia sports fans as they hope for a championship on Sunday but secretly prepare to have their winter ruined by the Eagles. Guaranteed to be the only column in Football Outsiders history with a Charles Shackleford reference.

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27 Jan 2005, 01:30am by Mike Tanier

Adaptation, or Surviving Super Bowl Hype

We told Michael Tanier that we would add him to the official Football Outsiders staff if he could come up with a unique angle on this year's big game. Can one solitary Eagles fan make it through two weeks of non-stop Super Bowl hype without either going insane or getting nominated for the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay?

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11 Jan 2005, 03:02am by Mike Tanier

Rest Stopped: The 1996 Denver Broncos

They clinched home field advantage with weeks to spare. But when an offensive superstar was hurt in the clinching game, coaches had to decide whether to bench regulars and risk losing their competitive edge, or let the starters play in the waning weeks and risk injury. Do the 1996 Denver Broncos foretell playoff failure for the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles? Michael Tanier revisits those long ago days when John Elway was just a guy with great stats who couldn't win the big one.

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22 Dec 2004, 11:01pm by Mike Tanier

Marino vs. Manning

There's a lot of talk out there about the Peyton Manning breaking the passing touchdown record, but very little talk about how Dan Marino set it. Michael Tanier compares the two seasons to find out if Manning is guilty of padding his stats -- or if Marino was guilty of padding his. Or neither.

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07 Dec 2004, 04:47pm by Mike Tanier

Skin of the Teeth: The Worst Playoff Teams Ever

The term "playoff race" is a bit of a misnomer when every team in the NFC seems to be running away from the playoffs. We could have two 8-8 teams in the playoffs this season, maybe even a 7-9 team. Michael Tanier looks at the worst teams to ever make the postseason, and what the histories of those teams say about the feeble NFC playoff contenders of 2004.

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