28 Jun 2011, 07:47am by Mike Tanier
A few weeks ago, I attended two minor league indoor football games and interviewed dozens of players, owners, and commissioners associated with the Indoor Football League and the Southern Indoor Football League. Here's a brief account of my journey. There were a lot of out-takes from this project, and I hope to use them in an upcoming Walkthrough. For example, I had a great conversation with Jared Lorenzen that was cut for space issues. (Write your own joke.)
10 comments, Last at 09 Jul 2011, 2:05pm by jebmak
20 Jun 2011, 12:46pm by Mike Tanier
Part Two of my miniseries on the simplest and most complex systems in the NFL. Gauging defensive complexity is even harder than it was for offense, but this method provided some results that both meshed with common sense and provided a surprise or two.
10 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2011, 12:13pm by Joseph
09 Jun 2011, 07:32am by Mike Tanier
This has nothing to do with football, but it covers just about every other sport you can think of. On Friday and Saturday, I will be running my own version of the New York Marathon. I will cover a Red Bulls soccer game, the Central Park mini-marathon, a Yankees-Indians game, the adidas Grand Prix track meet, the Belmont Stakes, and the New York Liberty WNBA home opener. This link to the Bats blog shows my teaser video. Check in on Saturday to chart my progress, and follow me @FO_MTanier to get regular updates on how lost and confused I am.
9 comments, Last at 18 Jun 2011, 7:23pm by Anonymous1
02 Jun 2011, 03:54pm by Mike Tanier
Figuring out what makes a "complex" offense is impossible without knowing each team's terminology, playbook size, concepts, and so on. Still, we can make some good guesses using Game Charting. In this article, I come up with a Simplicity Score, which I think is a pretty good indicator of how complicated an offense really is, despite some obvious limitations.
25 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2011, 3:44am by the cat in the box is dead
05 May 2011, 08:18am by Mike Tanier
My post-draft take on the NFC South. I really like what the Falcons and Bucs did, and I am cool with what the Saints did.
22 comments, Last at 16 May 2011, 7:14pm by Parmenides
25 Apr 2011, 11:38am by Mike Tanier
Mike Tanier analyzes the Auburn offense to point out why Cam Newton should scare the Carolina Panthers.
32 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2012, 9:19pm by jordan 3
03 Apr 2011, 09:12am by Mike Tanier
More observational humor on the lunacy of this offseason.
6 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2011, 3:15pm by Mike Tanier
31 Jan 2011, 12:35pm by Mike Tanier
The Fifth Down blog at the New York Times will have a Walkthrough flavor all week long. In addition to regular features from the real reporters, I will be checking in several times per day with observations about the absurdity of Super Bowl coverage and ancillary topics. Make sure to keep checking back!
4 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2011, 4:25am by tuluse
27 Jan 2011, 04:33pm by Mike Tanier
Not ridiculous as in "it is ridiculously good," although it is. More like ridiculous as in "it is ridiculous that we are judging modern-day quarterbacks using a passer rating from 1970."
70 comments, Last at 10 Feb 2011, 3:43pm by Bright Blue Shorts