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Football Scouting Methods Paperback – December 1, 2008
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Originally teams were allowed a certain number of visits in order to scout the opposition. Steve Belichick was a master at this skill and always found small ways to give his teams an advantage. His skills were passed onto his son Bill who developed an even keener eye for scouting opponents tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses.
Today teams of course exchange game film, input data into a computer database and study that content instead of exchanging visits. The basic things they watch for however are still the same although the exact formations and play types change every decade of course. None the less the original questions and points of study that are outlined in this book were influential in their hey day and still of relevance today in concept.
Since the media mentioned this book it has become a hard to find commodity and has become something of a collectors item. I have an old copy that I keep in my football library. The schemes and diagrams are somewhat outdated (e.g. defense examples include a wide tackle six, split six, stacked 6-2, 5-3, and an eagle 5-4 type of alignment. Offense examples include T formations and Winged T alignments) but the basic thought process is still relevant even today.Read more ›
If you really want to take away information and become a better scout, this is the book for you. But as I said you need to study it. Take notes, underline, and reread passages as you need to.
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Great book! Wish someone would write an updated version with how the game is played today (Spread, HUNH, 4-2-5, 3-4)Published 9 hours ago by Michael Lee
If you want to learn how real football works, this is a must-read.Published 3 months ago by Greg S. Schwartz
Known as a bible of scouting. I imagine learning football from this coach, and watching Roger Staubach up close, made quite an impression on young Bill.Published 5 months ago by Dan Barkley
Great book for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of the game.Published 6 months ago by RLantz