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The Essential Smart Football Paperback – May 10, 2012
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About the Author
Chris B. Brown writes and edits Smartfootball.com and is a featured contributor to Grantland/ESPN. He has also contributed to The New York Times, Yahoo! Sports, and Slate. He lives in New York City.
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It turns out that the book is mostly copies of blog posts already on his site. In many cases the only difference between the book chapters and the blog posts are the removal of diagrams and videos explaining certain concepts. The original blog posts were very informative, and I assumed that in buying the book I would get additional material- more diagrams/examples, better organization so that it could be used as a reference, etc. But that's not what this book is.
Despite being disappointed, I didn't mind buying the book because of the enjoyment I have gotten out of his website. However, the information in the book is the same as the website, and, it turns out, the website is a better medium for understanding the concepts. I hope one day Chris does write a reference book on modern football strategy.
I'm sure the book has much to offer for the right reader. Indeed, the parts I could understand were quite interesting. But in my opinion, this is not a book that can be enjoyed by the average spectator fan. It seems geared toward those who have been or are currently involved in playing or coaching the game and know it from the inside. That is not a criticism but rather an observation. Just be aware of that before you purchase the book.