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


Walkthrough: Bad Situations

What do Deshaun Watson, Archie Manning, Fran Tarkenton, and Jim Plunkett have in common? They were all great quarterbacks trapped in miserable situations, of course. Plus: the Chiefs' short-yardage woes, the Giants; second-down woes, and the woes of an old columnist broken by one too many quarterback controversies.

Dec 17, 2020

Walkthrough: The Consultant

A mysterious figure appeares to help Jack Easterby seize total control of the Texans by taking over the search for a new coach and general manager! Who are they, can they be trusted, and are they completely bonkers? Meanwhile, in this reality: Steelers flaws, Chiefs penalties, Jalen Hurts predictions, and the great Gardner Minshew mystery.

Dec 10, 2020