Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Oct 2005, 10:11pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Breaking the Tackle Code

Bad defenses produce high tackle totals. Good defenses produce low tackle totals. Mike Tanier examines the inverse relationship between tackle totals and defensive quality and wrestles with the difficulty of creating meaningful statistics for defensive players.

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32 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2005, 4:14pm by Gio Loz

07 Oct 2005, 10:24am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: 5th-and-40

You have to cover a lot of ground when you drop into The Zone. This week, Mike Tanier tackles some third-and-forever situations, sets the record straight about the Steelers clock malfunction, reminisces about some major officiating blunders, and visits (figuratively) some Seattle strip clubs.

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44 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2005, 11:39pm by Det. John Kimble

30 Sep 2005, 11:32am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Uncoordinated in Houston

Chris Palmer is out as the Texans' offensive coordinator; Joe Pendry is in. Mike Tanier examines the coaching change in Houston: what led to Palmer's dismissal, how the Texans' offense will be different, and what challenges Pendry faces as he tries to make adjustments on the fly.

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16 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2005, 3:53pm by Carl

23 Sep 2005, 02:21pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Fringe to the Spotlight

Chris Carr, Jordan Carstens, and Mike Labinjo aren't household names, but they've become part of the story of the 2005 season. Mike Tanier tells how a bunch of undrafted rookies and practice squad fillers earned a sliver of the NFL limelight.

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26 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 2:55am by Trogdor

16 Sep 2005, 09:23am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Enemies Enshrined

As they are inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor, Mike Tanier remembers The Triplets the way only a lifelong Eagles fan can: as an unholy trinity of killjoys who dashed his favorite team's hopes at every opportunity.

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106 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2005, 2:42pm by Carl

09 Sep 2005, 12:06pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: The Quest for Perfect Picks

What good is a hard drive full of stats, a pile of preseason annuals, and weeks of research if you can't even pick division winners correctly? Mike Tanier searches for a system to out-pick the experts and learns a hard lesson about the folly of preseason prognostication in the first edition of his new weekly feature, the Too Deep Zone.

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67 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 6:57pm by Bryan

01 Feb 2005, 07:16pm by Mike Tanier

Life-Long Lessons in Losing

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.

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11 Jan 2005, 03:02am by Mike Tanier

Rest Stopped: The 1996 Denver Broncos

They clinched home field advantage with weeks to spare. But when an offensive superstar was hurt in the clinching game, coaches had to decide whether to bench regulars and risk losing their competitive edge, or let the starters play in the waning weeks and risk injury. Do the 1996 Denver Broncos foretell playoff failure for the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles? Michael Tanier revisits those long ago days when John Elway was just a guy with great stats who couldn't win the big one.

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22 Dec 2004, 11:01pm by Mike Tanier

Marino vs. Manning

There's a lot of talk out there about the Peyton Manning breaking the passing touchdown record, but very little talk about how Dan Marino set it. Michael Tanier compares the two seasons to find out if Manning is guilty of padding his stats -- or if Marino was guilty of padding his. Or neither.

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07 Dec 2004, 04:47pm by Mike Tanier

Skin of the Teeth: The Worst Playoff Teams Ever

The term "playoff race" is a bit of a misnomer when every team in the NFC seems to be running away from the playoffs. We could have two 8-8 teams in the playoffs this season, maybe even a 7-9 team. Michael Tanier looks at the worst teams to ever make the postseason, and what the histories of those teams say about the feeble NFC playoff contenders of 2004.

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5 comments, Last at 14 Aug 2012, 5:03pm by BaronFoobarstein