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Developing an Offensive Game Plan (The Art & Science of Coaching Series) Paperback – March 1, 2001
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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.
Still, it is a great starting point for a high school or college offensive coordinator wanting to organize his gameplans more cohesively.
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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Very helpful in helping you understand the frequency of situations you will see during a game to help develop a game plan, practice, and implement into a game.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It flows really well, super easy to read. Lots of basic organizational skills that aren't taught at coaches clinics. It's a rookie OC's dream!Published on April 21, 2013 by Nolle R. Smith III
The book did a great job of explaining how to build a practice plan around your offense. It will help you prioritize the concepts you want to run, and build your practice plans... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Larry Luthe
Anybody that wants to be an OC must read this book and think about the things that are presented in it. Great readPublished on March 8, 2013 by Keivon Liburd
Part of an ongoing technical series that breaks down specific facets of the game, coach Brian Billick masterfully explains the vital aspects in developing and implementing... Read morePublished on September 11, 2008 by Best Of All
Billick does a great job hear of showing the reader how to organize an offense. It is useful for ANY system and ANY run/pass ratio desired as he explains ways to script your entire... Read morePublished on March 15, 2008 by Casey J. Donovan
This inside look at developing an offensive game plan revealed some statistical analysis that I had never considered.Published on March 2, 2008 by John R. Gibson
Excellent book. A must have for any offensive coach. TremendousPublished on March 8, 2007 by Michael A. Agostino