Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Nov 2016

NFL Mirror Images

A classic Mike Tanier conversation-starter here, as he looks at today's NFL starts and their historical comparables. Plus, it has neat art! So: Is Russell Wilson just Fran Tarkenton? Is Cam Newton just early-career John Elway? Is Antonio Brown the new Tim Brown? Dicsuss.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 30 Nov 2016

12 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2017, 11:11am by fileorgin


by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:05pm

AP isn't Jim Brown.

Earl Campbell probably had the best claim to being Jim Brown.

Of course, maybe Jim Brown was just Marion Motley.

by PatsFan :: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:27pm

As a NE fan I hope Tanier had a newspaper from 6 Feb 2017 when writing the Graham/Brady segment of that.

by theslothook :: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:31pm

I'm not sure Tom Brady has a true mirror image. His early career probably mirrored some level of Bradshaw, but he's since left that way behind. Curiously, I would argue that Tom Brady's true mirror is Peyton Manning, but the career playing out in reverse.

by JohnxMorgan :: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:04pm

The promo text seems either auto-generated or farmed out. Not attempting to troll though I know a troll is often the worst possible judge of that, but I specifically refer to the illeism, the phrase "classic Mike Tanier conversation-starter," and of course the exhortation to "Dicsuss."

Mike was nice to me when few were and I promise I am not trying to slag on him, only point out the promo made me much less likely to click on the link.

by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:41pm

Well I dobf think a troll or bot created the extra point.

Anyway. Will reaf this thing tomorrow and respond accordingly

by RickD :: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30pm

Is Mike Tanier a Westworld host?

by Jimmy Oz :: Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:36am

A classic Jimmy Oz conversation-starter here, as he makes you think about how people appearing to dicsuss their work in the third person is a bit weird.

by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:46pm

what a pitiful visual aesthetic in that "art"
The standard is the standard!

by SteveJones :: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:12am

Well, it is too soon to compare these players with some of the well-known icons of the game. It is not about getting options about writers in http://www.topreviewstars.com/, where one can compare between two writers to choose the best. This is NFL where every player can create history and every second is a part of history.

by RoninX :: Fri, 12/09/2016 - 6:24pm

That was something, that's for sure. It is unclear to me why Cam Newton is compared to John Elway when his greatest skill is falling forward for 1 yard. Lorenzo Neal or Larry Czonka might be more apt?

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by fileorgin :: Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:11am