Mike Tanier
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blog August 20, 2014

Johnny On The Spot

After a flippin' up and down night, Johnny Manziel's status as potential Browns starter is still uncertain. No matter what, Cleveland has a bad decision to make -- one that's almost papal-like. Start looking for smoke. More»
roy article August 19, 2014

Baseball's healing power

Being the son of a former big leaguer, Roy Smalley III was better equipped to play baseball than most Little Leaguers of the early 1960s, and after 13 years in the Majors, Smalley now makes sure kids across the country have the same advantages he had. More»
blog August 19, 2014

We Can't Stop NFL Training Camp Fights

There's no real way to eliminate NFL training camp fights or the ridiculous hand-wringing about training camp fights. The only way to eradicate those things is to close training camp for the year. That is already happening. Problem solved. More»
mm081814 article August 18, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Straight Story

Let's rank NFL quarterback prospects on a Preseason Pessimism Index -- who is least likely to find success this season? Plus, get your story straight on some key plotlines, from defensive penalties to Eli Manning's completion percentage. More»
Bills-Steelers-Receivers article August 15, 2014

Bills and Steelers Thinking Young

The receivers we've seen at the Steelers-Bills joint practices combine size and speed into an irresistible and seemingly un-coverable package. Both teams have rookies poised to take the league by storm. Just maybe not this year. More»
Dalton article August 14, 2014

Football's passing explosion

The offensive ground is shifting beneath our feet, and fantasy football gamers must either adjust to the NFL's passing explosion or lose their balance. Last year's quarterbacks, or outdated quarterback strategies, could be killing your team. More»
blog August 13, 2014

Ultimate Training Camp Twitter Timeline

No two NFL training camps are exactly alike, but every camp-saturated Twitter timeline is exactly the same. If you kept your TweetDeck open during a typical midway practice session in the past two weeks, chances are you experienced something exactly like this. More»
blog August 12, 2014

Battle of the Backs

Running back controversies are not half as fun as quarterback controversies, but both fantasy gamers and plain-old fans like to keep one eye on running back committees. Here are some of the most interesting ones of the preseason. More»
mm-rookieqbs1980x1100 article August 11, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Preseason Reads

No rookie quarterback started his team's first preseason game this week. Most didn't even get to take snaps with the starters. How do these rookie cameos from Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater compare to Tom Brady? Or a dud like Blaine Gabbert? More»
blog August 10, 2014

Why the Rams will cut Michael Sam

Michael Sam made his preseason debut on Friday night. He entered the game late in the first quarter, which is surprisingly early for a third-stringer, and now not just the Rams have footage on him, but so do all the other NFL teams. Which may just be for the best. More»
blog August 8, 2014

First Impressions

Many fans may be relieved to see actual football players on actual fields doing football things. But besides the cosmetics, there are a few things to discern from the slate of NFL preseason games. Here are some thoughts on the first night of action. More»
GenoSmith-Preseason article August 7, 2014

Top Preseason Storylines

This collection of rookies, veterans, and role players will all get real playing time this weekend in the NFL's first preseason games, and they are all interesting for different reasons. Some might be fantasy sleepers, others are players who will shape their teams' immediate future. More»
JordanMatthews article August 6, 2014

Mostly Meaningless

We claim to be too NFL savvy to place too much stock in camp depth charts and preseason results. Yet we cannot help ourselves. Depth charts are tangible, practice reps visible. They are concrete things to talk and write about, even if they're mostly meaningless. More»
Foles article August 5, 2014

The NFL's Cambrian Explosion

Welcome to one of the most rapid periods of tactical evolution in NFL history! It's a time when everything from play-calling procedures to roster development is being revised and reimagined. This is not your father's football league anymore, and it might not be your big brother's, either. More»
mm-preseason1980x1100 article August 4, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Early Thrills

The best regular-season matchups make the worst preseason matchups. Fans have known this for years. Television programmers are finally starting to figure it out -- so here's the slate of games to watch, those to avoid and those we wish were on TV. More»
blog August 4, 2014

Party Like a Browns Star

Johnny Manziel stopped for a beer at a joint called Two Bucks in Middleburg Heights, Ohio last week and we leapt at the opportunity to hunker down on Manziel's still-warm barstool and briefly experience life as the NFL's most notorious young socialite. More»
Cameron article August 1, 2014

Shot in the Dark

Somebody will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. He may be pretty good. But he will only be as good as his targets, and without Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer only have tight end Jordan Cameron and a bunch of questionable receivers to rely on. More»
blog July 30, 2014

Dolphins Bull Shirt

Fresh off a bullying scandal involving their offensive line, and bracing for an all-new lawsuit, the Dolphins took a few days to compose a lengthy new credo this offseason, then zero seconds editing it before slapping it on some tees. More»
blog July 30, 2014

The San Antonio Raiders?

Between camp visits, we comment on some of the latest NFL news items, like Trent Richardson and the Colts' running back situation, Ndamukong Suh's contract problems and the Raider's ploy for new stadium improvements. More»
MandatoryMonday-Distractions article July 28, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Shouts & Murmurs

In a week of a thousand hot takes regarding Michael Sam, Tony Dungy, Chris Kluwe, Ray Rice and others, it was a welcome distraction to see actual players do football things. Through all the noise, maintaining focus is essential to sanity. More»

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