Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Nov 2007, 01:45pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone Blender

Shhh... don't tell anyone, but there are 13 other games this week. Mike Tanier empties his TDZ notebook, examining blitz packages that work and zones that don't. No Pats or Colts here, but you will find out how Joey Galloway goes deep, how the Steelers get angry, and how the Philly D goes soft in the red zone.

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37 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2007, 9:15pm by Matt

19 Oct 2007, 12:23pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Four Giant Aces

The Giants have been driving quarterbacks crazy by putting Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Tuck, and Mathias Kiwanuka on the field at the same time. As Mike Tanier learns this week, there's more to this "Four Aces" package than just speed. Find out how the Giants are using athleticism, creativity, and discipline to make life miserable for offenses.

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28 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2007, 11:34pm by Jaime Speciale

12 Oct 2007, 05:41pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Patriots-Cowboys

Had enough Patriots-Cowboys coverage yet? No? Good. Mike Tanier examines a successful drive by each team to decide who has the edge on offense. Find out how the Patriots shift on the fly from the run 'n' shoot to power ball, and learn more about the versatility of Jason Witten.

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17 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2007, 1:02pm by Jon Coit

05 Oct 2007, 02:43pm by Mike Tanier

Year of the Scab Part II

Our second excerpt from Mike Tanier's "Year of the Scab: The True Story of the 1987 Replacement Games" finds Mike Ditka sounding off, Randy White attempting to run over Tony Dorsett with a pickup truck, and ABC replacing Monday Night Football with "Star Trek III."

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17 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2007, 1:33pm by Saints_just_playin_for_draft_picks

28 Sep 2007, 12:12pm by Mike Tanier

TDZ: Bengal Bungle

The Bengals defense bounced back from a 51-point debacle against the Browns with a good-but-not-great performance against the Seahawks. What went wrong against Cleveland that went right against Seattle? And what problems will haunt the Bengals defense for the rest of the season? Mike Tanier unspools the game tape to find out.

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30 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2007, 11:56am by Podge

15 Sep 2007, 03:21pm by Mike Tanier

Year of the Scab

If you learned everything you know about the 1987 players strike from the movie "The Replacements," then you don't know the true story. Mike Tanier takes you back to the craziest, most contentious month in NFL history with an excerpt from his historical mini-epic, now available for download exclusively here at FO.

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25 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2007, 12:52am by jg

07 Sep 2007, 05:21pm by Mike Tanier

TDZ: Eli Overloaded

The TDZ season kicks off with a new format: all play diagrams, all the time. This week, Mike Tanier breaks down footage of Eli Manning to learn just what the Giants quarterback is doing wrong. It turns out to have nothing to do with funny pregame speeches.

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57 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2007, 12:17pm by Pete

31 Aug 2007, 01:18pm by Mike Tanier

TDZ: On Bended Knee

Last year, Mike Tanier kicked off his Too Deep Zone column by introducing a revolutionary strategy for winning football games. The strategy was so revolutionary, in fact, that we're going to kick off the 2007 season -- and every season to come -- with the same article. Welcome to the column that became somewhat of a FO manifesto.

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35 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2012, 11:46am by Prosolution

01 Aug 2007, 03:03pm by Mike Tanier

Virgil Parks Defends the Original FFHoF

Back in 2005, Mike Tanier wrote the original story about the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame (FFHoF) and its visionary creator Virgil Parks. Since then, ESPN appropriated Parks' idea without his consent. As part of our continuing effort to stick up for the common man, we dispatched Mike Tanier to interview Parks.

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17 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2007, 9:53am by NemoNC

05 Jul 2007, 12:25pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: The 1981 Colts

Three words sum this story up nicely: Worst. Defense. Ever.

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53 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2007, 1:15am by DolFan 316