Football Outsiders Staff Writer Mike Tanier

Mike Tanier

Senior Analyst
Since 2004
New Jersey

MIKE TANIER has been writing Football Outsiders Almanac chapters for so long that he feels like Ringo making yet another special guest appearance during a Paul McCartney show. Mike recently wrapped up a six-year run as the NFL Lead Columnist for Bleacher Report; his popular Monday Morning Digest feature will presumably be replaced by TikTok videos, cartoon GIFs of Lamar Jackson, and long apologies. A father of two with almost 20 years of experience as an NFL writer, Mike is proof positive that we all get by with a little help from our friends. You can find his work at, Pro Football Network, the New York Times, and here at Football Outsiders.

Mike Tanier's Archive


Legends of DVOA: The Life and Times of Charlie Garner

Charlie Garner played a minor role in some major controversies, from an all-time Super Bowl blunder to one of the most regrettable post-game quotes in NFL history. He was also among the best running backs of his era on a per-carry basis. Mike Tanier looks back on the rise of Jon Gruden, the fall of Rich Kotite, and the career of an outstanding but enigmatic individual.

Jul 08, 2021

Legends of DVOA: Derrick Mason

From getting drafted by the Tennessee Oilers to missing out on the Music City Miracle to playing for the Ravens between their Super Bowl runs, Derrick Mason had a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet DVOA reveals that he was one of the best receivers of his era. Join us as we look back fondly on the days when Steve McNair was MVP, Jeff Fisher wasn't a punchline, and the Titans were nearly champions.

Jun 30, 2021

Hall of Fame Debates: Frank Gore

Frank Gore ranks third on the all-time rushing list and played for some outstanding (as well as some miserable) San Francisco 49ers teams, but is his long career enough to push him into the Hall of Fame despite never leading the league in rushing or earning All-Pro notice? Part 4 of Mike Tanier's series explores whether a decade-plus of being a very good running back really equates with greatness.

Jun 28, 2021