Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 May 2008, 03:07pm by Mike Tanier

Walkthrough: Off the Charts

Do you have off-the-chart intangibles? How can you tell without an Intangibles Chart? If anyone can find a way to measure the immeasurable, it's Mike Tanier. Also, relive the 1983 draft with a very special edition of the Draft in Quotes.

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62 comments, Last at 14 May 2008, 1:08pm by Max

24 Apr 2008, 03:16pm by Mike Tanier

Walkthrough: Special Assignment

In the debut of his new column, Mike Tanier asks scouts which draft prospects will make the biggest impact on special teams. Plus, Ryan Grant's swing pass blues, a Jon Kitna prank gone wrong, and five questions with Scott Wright.

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26 comments, Last at 30 Apr 2008, 12:19pm by RickKilling

29 Jan 2008, 02:55pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Full Circle

The Too Deep Zone season ends as it began: with an analysis of Eli Manning. Eli has grown up in recent weeks, but tape study shows that when it comes to the Giants passing game, simplicity is bliss. Plus, a breakdown of the Patriots run defense and a quibble with a Sporting News play diagram.

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26 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2008, 8:34am by CV

18 Jan 2008, 11:13am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Chess Match

Jason Garrett plays chess with death (or the Giants defense at least), Mike McCarthy bones up for the cold weather, the Jaguars' tealprint isn't precisely a blueprint, Wisconsin television stations try to deny Eli's Seinfeld fix, and Mike Tanier's kid searches in vain for a five-year-old version of Hines Ward. If Too Deep Zone sounds a little brain-sprained, it's because football, unlike chess, is really complicated.

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42 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2008, 10:57pm by JoRo

10 Jan 2008, 02:37pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: The Blueprint

It's been a much-overused word this season, but after watching 20 hours of game tape, Mike Tanier has a developed a blueprint for beating the Patriots. He swears it's foolproof. Has he discovered the secret to stopping the Patriots, or has he lost his mind? Judge for yourself.

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137 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2008, 1:46pm by allsmiley

28 Dec 2007, 03:56pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone All-Rookie Team 2007

Looking for surprises? Look elsewhere. The third annual Too Deep Zone All-Rookie Team has all the names you expect: Peterson, Ugoh, Willis, Edwards, Okoye. But Mike Tanier does have a few tricks up his sleeve, including a snub for a Pro Bowl kicker. Find out who made the cut this year.

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84 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2008, 10:40pm by Chris

14 Dec 2007, 03:16pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Window Dressing

Saints coach Sean Payton likes to baffle opponents with dozens of formations, including straight-from-the-sandlot stack alignments. Colts coordinator Tom Moore uses no-frills formations but gets creative when designing route combinations. The Saints and Colts offenses look different, but Mike Tanier learns this week that the differences are only skin deep.

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29 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2007, 8:55pm by Methodologically Flawed

07 Dec 2007, 05:12pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Sunday Sweeps

LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, Derrick Ward and others performed end runs around the opposition last week. How can a simple sweep turn into a long touchdown against an NFL defense? Mike Tanier discovers that the key to running outside is often the blocking inside.

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22 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2007, 10:27pm by Victor

29 Nov 2007, 04:51pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Protecting Favre

The Packers can beat the Cowboys -- if they can keep the Cowboys' front seven away from Brett Favre. Mike Tanier reviews Packers game tapes to discover the secret behind their league-leading Adjusted Sack Rate. He discovers that slant routes and max protection schemes, not great blocking, are the reasons why Favre's jersey is so clean. NOTE: Now includes a post-game update.

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19 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2007, 1:46pm by Eric

09 Nov 2007, 02:47pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Fanboy's Progress

In their four-day Delaware Valley junket, Aaron Schatz and Mike Tanier watch the Cowboys crush the Eagles from the press box, and then on film with Ron Jaworski. They also saw a gambler risk his house on the Texans and participated in a roundtable discussion with a distinguished sportswriter and a Hall of Fame wide receiver.

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49 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2007, 4:08pm by MattR