Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

24 Sep 2005, 11:48am by Mike Tanier

Week 3 Rundown

Golly, Mike Tanier is showing up in the most interesting places.

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9 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 4:45am by Balaji

23 Sep 2005, 02:21pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Fringe to the Spotlight

Chris Carr, Jordan Carstens, and Mike Labinjo aren't household names, but they've become part of the story of the 2005 season. Mike Tanier tells how a bunch of undrafted rookies and practice squad fillers earned a sliver of the NFL limelight.

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26 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 2:55am by Trogdor

16 Sep 2005, 09:23am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Enemies Enshrined

As they are inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor, Mike Tanier remembers The Triplets the way only a lifelong Eagles fan can: as an unholy trinity of killjoys who dashed his favorite team's hopes at every opportunity.

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106 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2005, 2:42pm by Carl

09 Sep 2005, 12:06pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: The Quest for Perfect Picks

What good is a hard drive full of stats, a pile of preseason annuals, and weeks of research if you can't even pick division winners correctly? Mike Tanier searches for a system to out-pick the experts and learns a hard lesson about the folly of preseason prognostication in the first edition of his new weekly feature, the Too Deep Zone.

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67 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 6:57pm by Bryan

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