Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Jul 2007, 12:25pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: The 1981 Colts

Three words sum this story up nicely: Worst. Defense. Ever.

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53 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2007, 1:15am by DolFan 316

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

19 Feb 2007, 11:31pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: The First Franchise Player

Wilber Marshall was the first player ever slapped with the franchise tag. He was also the first player ever to be ticked off about it. In a Too Deep Zone special, Mike Tanier looks back on 1993, when an angry linebacker threatened the league's newfound labor peace and Redskins-Oilers trades revolved around secret phone calls and midnight faxes.

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52 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2007, 10:02am by Mark Corsino

19 Jan 2007, 12:39am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Four Teams, Four Plays

There's nothing fancy about this week's Too Deep Zone: just four teams, four plays (five actually), and lots of diagrams as Mike Tanier uses tape of last week's games to predict what the Bears, Colts, Patriots, and Saints have planned for the conference championships.

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51 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2007, 12:11pm by mb

11 Jan 2007, 06:14pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Protecting Rex Grossman

Does Rex Grossman have what it takes to win playoff games for the Bears? Maybe not, but he has what it takes to not lose them. Mike Tanier dissects three weeks worth of game tape to learn how coordinator Ron Turner uses simple schemes and short throws to hide his quarterback's weaknesses.

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46 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2007, 1:19am by Fnor

05 Jan 2007, 12:29pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Running Against the Colts

Everyone knows that the Colts run defense stinks. But we've studied the tape to find out why. Mike Tanier breaks down several running plays that have worked against the Colts and looks for the reasons behind their defensive collapse. It turns out that there is no shortage of culprits.

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76 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 5:37am by Dave

29 Dec 2006, 12:04pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone 2006 All-Rookie Team

This year's All-Rookie Team is the most balanced in Too Deep Zone history. Of course, this is only the second year for the TDZ All-Rookie Team, but even if we had been doing this 20 years, this would probably be the most balanced team, with future superstars at the skill positions and no holes on the lines.

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96 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2007, 10:16pm by Chris

15 Dec 2006, 01:49pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Leaf!

Independent filmmaker Tim Carr plans to bring the story of one of the NFL's biggest busts to the silver screen in Leaf: an Almost True Story. Find out what it takes to turn one of the most reviled sports figures in recent history into the sympathetic lead character in an unconventional cautionary tale. (And no, this isn't one of Tanier's gags. It's a real movie.)

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62 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2008, 4:46pm by sam

09 Dec 2006, 02:06pm by admin

Jaws II

FO's Mike Tanier and Aaron Schatz return to NFL Films for another lesson from the master, Ron Jaworski. Learn what coaches' film shows about the Giants defense, Tony Romo, and Rex Grossman. Plus: the NFL Matchup staff answers some reader questions, and Football Outsiders makes its press box debut at Lincoln Financial Field.

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76 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2006, 8:38pm by richabbs