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  • Series: Art & Science of Coaching Series
  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice; DVD Video edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585184071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585184071
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Coach Billick's book does not tell you what the best offense is. He shows you how to best implement your offensive philosophy so you can practice what you are going to use in a game. His percentage charts are very valuble, explaining everything from the importance of positive yardage on first down to the need to create explosive plays. Great for offensive coordinators and helpful for those that coach defense.
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A word of warning: This is not the best place to start for beginning coaches looking to plan and organize an offense. A youth football coach just starting out should probably look to other sources of information, notably Derek Wade and other youth football coaching guide authors.

On the other hand, anyone coaching high school or higher levels MUST have this book. This is how to build an offense from the ground floor up, written by someone at the top of the game's very highest level.

Coach Billick shows you how to determine how much offense (i.e., how many plays and of what type) you will need to achieve offensive excellence during a football season. Then he "deconstructs" that season, taking it apart level by level until you can see how much offense you will need PER QUARTER.

Billick provides a masterly explanation of "situational" coaching. He shows how to take the plays you have determined are necessary, and practice them against the exact situations and defenses that you will actually need them for in games.

You end up with a "3rd and short" offense, a "coming-out zone" offense -- in short, with the entire contents of the "call sheet" you will use during a game, all constructed in a precise and logical manner. This will save you from the greatest sin a coach can commit during your precious few hours of practice -- wasting time.

Again, this isn't for everyone, and probably not for most beginners, but it is utterly essential.

Highest recommendation.
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This book is an excellent window into the mindset of a coach who was probably a better offensive coordinator than he was a head coach. The book does not get much into his personal offensive philosophy. It focuses more on categorizing your gameplan into situations. I found it very helpful in some ways, but I was disappointed that there was not more detail. It is an extremely short book, and I was left wanting more. I wish he would update the book now that he is out of coaching, and really add some depth. I don't need Bill Walsh's 800 page masterpiece (although it would be nice if that was reprinted to become more affordable), but a lot more detail would turn this book into a 5 star very easily.

Still, it is a great starting point for a high school or college offensive coordinator wanting to organize his gameplans more cohesively.
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I have heard many talk about and have seen many more coaches who embrace the title "Coordinator" so they can experience the thrill of "play calling". Coach Billick goes into great detail about the values of a coordinator (well beyond play calling), as well as what "really" is expected when preparing yourself and your team to compete at the highest level. A "Genius" in the art of Offense, this book written by Coach Billick is a "must read" for anyone who is interested in taking their "coaching" to the next level.
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Number, numbers, and more numbers. A very analytic look at what a coach needs for an offense. Like most reviewers said it is probably better for an advanced high school program on up, but its also good for the newer lower level coaches who use a grab bag mentality on system design. This book helps focus on what is needed and less on the "that's a cool play let use it" system of developing an offense.
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Coach Billick has done a strong job of putting together information on the organization and structure of an offense. While much of the info may not seem revolutionary, it will likely help any coach crystalize some of his thinking and organize what he does on a week-by-week basis in a MUCH more efficient manner. He deals with everything from the size and scope your offense should encompass to installation to weekly schedules to staff organization. You're sure to pick up some pretty solid ideas..
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Brian Billick did the research and wrote this back in the mid to late 1990's. Now he is viewed as more of a defensive genius by some fans due to his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens. Those with longer memories however will remember in the 1990's he was viewed as an offensive genius while he was offensive coordinator for the Vikings. During his years there they put up team record numbers between 1994-1998 on offense and were a consistent winning team going 15-1 one year.

Billick apparently was among the first in the NFL to embrace computers and the use of more statistical information to help plan games. This is noted in John Feinstein's excellent book Next Man Up.

In "Developing an Offensive Game Plan" Billick statistically breaks down the average number of plays in an NFL game (64 for example). Then he further breaks them down into situational categories such as 1st and 10, 2nd and long, 2nd and medium, 3rd and long, 3rd and medium, 3rd and short, etc. and determines how many plays fall into each category. This helps determine how much offense and play types you need for each situational category in order to have a healthy run pass balance and not have too many tendencies.

I thought the book was a little dry and hard to read in places but I will still give it 5 stars for breaking new ground. It shows how coaches approach the game which is quite different from the average fans view. It would have been better with some more concrete play type examples and not just data...but I still got a lot out of the book.

Football fans might not get much out of it. I suspect the book is written for coaches and that seems to be the target audience. Even judging by one of the comments below it is more for advanced high school programs, college programs, and up.
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