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This book is an excellent primer for all football fans, short enough to read in a few days but packed with useful information that made me want to read more. I also really enjoy the accompanying blog over my lunch hour at work. If you are not pretty familiar with formations, schemes, positions and basic football tactics you might find this a little hard to follow. But before reading this my only experience with these was the NFL website, specifically the Playbook videos which break down the previous weeks interesting plays, and I was fine (Also I'm British)!
If my quest for football information tactics were a meal, this is just a starter, but a delicious one!
The book will be especially enjoyable to those who are unfamiliar with or new to the site. I had read only two of the older articles, but even there I found new insights after re-reading them. I suspect that even if you are familiar with all of the older content, the book is still going to be a must have based on the new content alone.
My only minor complaint is that I wish some of the articles had been longer, and the older ones expanded on further. Several times I felt like I was getting into the meat of the essay only to find it ending on the next page. Despite that, I would consider this to be required reading for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the strategy of football, at any level.
That said, Brown is absolutely the best writer today at covering football in a detailed yet accessible style. This book is fun for those interested in the history of the game, without resorting to any of the cliche hero-worship often found in sports books. But it's at its best getting into the specifics of plays and offenses. Brown explains mechanics, but also the concepts and philosophies behind modern offenses, as well as how they borrow from and reinvent past ideas.