Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Jul 2007, 01:33pm by Mike Tanier

Play of the Day: Goal Line Tight End Passes

The best way to score in goal-to-go situations is to run the ball, but no playbook would be complete without a few goal line pass plays to keep the defense guessing. Today, we'll draw up two passes for the tight end: one a traditional rollout, the other designed to leave a Hall of Famer wide open in the corner of the end zone.

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30 comments, Last at 09 Jul 2007, 12:58pm by MRH

25 Jun 2007, 11:54am by Mike Tanier

Play of the Day: Empty Double Slants

It's third and short. Time to go with two backs, three tight ends, and a power running play, right? Heck no! We're going no-huddle and empty backfield for today's play: a Colts gamble that, thanks to a crazy bounce, paid big dividends for the Titans.

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32 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2007, 11:54pm by josh

21 Jun 2007, 01:09pm by Mike Tanier

Play of The Day: Shotgun Fake Option Seamer

Vince Young is in the shotgun. Will he handoff? Rollout? Run? Throw? Norm Chow doesn't want you to know. Today's play is a fake option pass that would look right at home in Mack Brown or Urban Meyer's playbook.

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30 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2007, 6:36pm by xmenehune

19 Jun 2007, 01:42pm by Mike Tanier

Introducing "Play of the Day"

Summer is here, and the time is right to start installing new plays. Over the next few weeks, Football Outsiders will take you on a tour of some of the NFL's most interesting plays, from rollout options to end arounds. In this introductory column, Mike Tanier explores how NFL coaches are creating exotic formations out of ordinary personnel groupings.

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34 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2007, 4:03am by lobolafcadio

14 Jun 2007, 12:16pm by Mike Tanier

FO Re-run: Walking the Walk

Statistics don't measure everything. Take "swagger," that mysterious, manly saunter that separates winners from losers in professional sports. In this Football Outsiders re-run from November 2005, Mike Tanier tackles the tough swagger questions and learns how to walk like a champion.

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31 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2007, 6:34am by Jake

31 May 2007, 05:49pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: Hard Luck Hampton

How does a running back rush for 995 and 997 yards in consecutive seasons? Dave Hampton’s struggle to reach 1,000 yards is a tale of bad luck, bad coaching, and perseverance for a gifted running back on an often terrible team.

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38 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2007, 11:34am by Dennyworld

30 May 2007, 01:03am by Mike Tanier

Bad Behavior By the Numbers

Sick of the Vick B.S., Mike Tanier brings us the VICK BS: the Violent, Immature, Criminal, or Knuckleheaded Behavior Statistic.

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46 comments, Last at 19 Jun 2007, 6:48pm by Bobman

27 May 2007, 04:14pm by Mike Tanier

Bad Behavior By the Numbers

Quite possibly the most ingenious statistic Football Outsiders has derived. Introducing: VICK BS. (Click link to read more.)

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29 Apr 2007, 07:55pm by Mike Tanier

2007 Draft Round 7 Analysis

Who says the seventh round of the draft is boring? This year's final round featured a workout warrior from Whitworth, a 245-pound bowling ball from Hawaii, a sticky-fingered video game pilferer, two guys named C.J., and Seth Joyner's godson.

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15 comments, Last at 04 May 2007, 2:52pm by PaulH

29 Apr 2007, 07:13pm by Mike Tanier

2007 Draft Round 5 Analysis

Mike Tanier introduces us to the latest AFC West kicker who likes to drink and drive, the linebacker who will freak out Washington fans, and the new badass of the St. Louis Rams.

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5 comments, Last at 02 May 2007, 2:12pm by Tim R