09 Jun 2014, 07:16am by Mike Tanier
Lots of FO analysis weaved into these ratings. After years working here in various capacities, I still discover new things hidden right under my nose, in plain sight. The defensive DVOA ratings against running backs and tight ends makes a fascinating indicator of the "shape" of a front seven's performance: maybe they are forcing tight ends and backs to block all the time, or covering them well, or abandoning too much in the name of pass rush (the Browns), leaving the screen and hot read game wide open.
7 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2014, 9:42pm by panthersnbraves
02 Jun 2014, 06:45am by Mike Tanier
It was inevitable that I would give up trying to brainstorm loopy offseason features each week and revert to something more conventional and easier to promote. Going to go unit by unit ranking teams throughout June and into July. In the event that I come up with something loopy, I will just write it midweek.
Also Sports on Earth unveils a 32-team offseason feature this week, starting with the Falcons. My usual co-conspirators, including Rob Weintraub, Russ Lande, Dan Pompeii and Andrew Garda, will be chipping in and breaking down teams throughout the month.
Finally, buy my book.
3 comments, Last at 03 Jun 2014, 3:30pm by CaffeineMan
27 May 2014, 06:53am by Mike Tanier
Something a little frothy for Memorial Day weekend, in part because I am knee deep in FO Almanac chapters! (And also Indy 500 coverage and a video project for Sports on Earth and on and on).
11 comments, Last at 29 May 2014, 12:58pm by Travis
19 May 2014, 06:44am by Mike Tanier
The NFL season hinges on these guys, from Cam Newton and Rob Gronkowski to Ike Taylor and Jay Feely.
4 comments, Last at 20 May 2014, 5:54am by Theo
14 May 2014, 07:49am by Mike Tanier
My wacky "use real pedagogy" draft grades arrive too late to be part of the FO survey, and they don't fit the format, anyway. But that does not mean you cannot hear my long-winded insights about why I hate the Steelers draft class.
NFC grades arrive tomorrow.
6 comments, Last at 15 May 2014, 11:44pm by tuluse
12 May 2014, 06:47am by Mike Tanier
What happens when the Browns ignore an obvious need, Jim Harbaugh forgets Mother's Day, and I try to process the Richard Sherman contract while substitute teaching a religious ed class?
3 comments, Last at 12 May 2014, 10:20pm by dbostedo
07 May 2014, 06:47am by Mike Tanier
Russ Lande and I (Tanier) have gone into something halfway between Beast Mode and a fugue state in the final days of draft coverage. There are tons of articles littering Sports on Earth by one or both of us, but this condenses 3 months of draft babble into a semi-concise roundup.
1 comment, Last at 07 May 2014, 9:47am by tomdrees
05 May 2014, 06:51am by Mike Tanier
Seeing the glass half-full is a great way to understand what teams are truly hoping to accomplish this weekend. This weekend! The draft is just a few days away! Finally!
5 comments, Last at 05 May 2014, 5:49pm by Parmenides
28 Apr 2014, 06:49am by Mike Tanier
A deep, painful dive into the world of Sam Bradford and Brian Schottenheimer. Stick around to the bitter end or check the Tailgater blog to see my Dali paintings of Schotty's melting-clock screen passes.
15 comments, Last at 01 May 2014, 8:23pm by tuluse
22 Apr 2014, 06:42am by Mike Tanier
That's right, folks: TWO historical draft yarns by yours truly on Sports on Earth this week. While researching the story on the Supplemental Draft in 1984, I began following some of the loose threads of George Allen's career. The result: the strange story of the 1970s Redskins and their habit of trading every draft choice they owned, and at least one that they didn't!