Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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

12 May 2006, 12:54pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: The Sacked-and-Looted 1986 Eagles

In our new feature exploring weird stats of NFL history, Mike Tanier explains that it takes more than a bad offensive line to give up 104 sacks in a season. For the 1986 Eagles, it took a cocky coach, three shell-shocked passers, lots of rookie blockers, and a failed experiment in quarterback rotation.

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104 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2006, 3:17pm by Justin Zeth

01 May 2006, 08:38am by Mike Tanier

Mike Tanier Chat Transcript

Click. Clack. Football Outsiders are in the house. Here's a transcript of our second draft chat from BP.com, conducted Sunday at noon in the middle of the fourth round.

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40 comments, Last at 03 May 2006, 12:02pm by Pat

18 Apr 2006, 11:44pm by Mike Tanier

FO on FOX: Beyond Size and Speed

Combine numbers are swell, but they don't give you football instincts. To get you ready for this year's draft, Mike Tanier takes a look at some of the less talked-about skills that scouts and coaches are analyzing as teams build their draft boards. New: pocket presence. Also being discussed here: Offensive line footwork and leg strength.

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86 comments, Last at 02 May 2006, 10:33pm by cjfarls

30 Mar 2006, 01:06pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

A cone of silence has descended over the AFC West. Priest Holmes is mum on his health status. The Chargers' top brass has muzzled Marty Schottenheimer and A.J. Smith. The Broncos made some noise by trading up in the draft, but they are hush-hush about who they are taking. And the Raiders are keeping quiet about their new philosophy: a Commitment to Queen-Sized Beds.

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87 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2006, 2:09am by EVinSD