In response to a reader request, Mike Tanier breaks down the difference between the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. What's that, you say? You already know the difference? Well what about one-gap vs. two-gap schemes? The zone blitz? Mike breaks it all down for you.
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The Seahawks defense has a new look, the Rams will soon have a new playing surface, and the Cardinals believe their new stadium will make them the next Eagles. Mike Tanier also has a very different take on that infamous 49ers video as he surveys the NFC West.
Mike Anderson wants the ball, Gunther Cunningham wants to look his players in the eyes, and Shawne Merriman wants some guaranteed cash before he reports to work. Mike Tanier surveys the AFC West landscape in search of free agent news, minicamp rumors, and drivers for Randy Moss' Cadillac (those with smoke allergies need not apply)
In the latest edition of Four Downs, Mike Tanier reviews the draft and gives you the lowdown on rookie free agents from around the NFC West. Plus: Arizona Cardinals fashion advice from teenage girls.
The Chiefs are courting Patrick Surtain, the Broncos are stockpiling former Browns linemen (can Michael Dean Perry be far behind?), Antonio Gates is angling for a new contract, Will Shields is pondering retirement, the Raiders are signing spare parts, and Chiefs defenders are grousing. Four Downs takes a tour of the AFC West with Mike Tanier.
The Cardinals are early winners in free agency, the Niners signed an anchor for the offensive line, the Rams have taken steps to upgrade the defense, and the Seahawks are just trying to hang on to what they have. Mike Tanier takes us out to the NFC West, where the contenders are trying to make the modest improvements that could lead to a division title.
Journey out west to the division that defense forgot. Oakland adds one of the game's best receivers but will he bring Geritol for the defensive line? Is Arrowhead Stadium now the Coors Field of the NFL, scaring off defensive free agents? Plus, Denver joins the march to the 3-4, and finally, the People's Champion has come back... to San Diego?!?! Mike Tanier whips through the AFC West in the latest edition of Four Downs.
In the first edition of our new offseason feature, Four Downs, Mike Tanier takes a team-by-team look at the NFC West through the eyes of Football Outsiders, and examines the key questions facing each club. Four Downs will be regular feature on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the offseason.
Mike Tanier goes deep inside the psyche of Philadelphia sports fans as they hope for a championship on Sunday but secretly prepare to have their winter ruined by the Eagles. Guaranteed to be the only column in Football Outsiders history with a Charles Shackleford reference.
We told Michael Tanier that we would add him to the official Football Outsiders staff if he could come up with a unique angle on this year's big game. Can one solitary Eagles fan make it through two weeks of non-stop Super Bowl hype without either going insane or getting nominated for the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay?