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Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL Paperback – October 12, 2006
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A true look "behind the lines" would go into far greater depth about what life is like during the week. We often hear about players who come in early and stay late, but what does that mean? What happens during the film sessions? How do the coaches formulate a game plan? How is the game plan presented to the players? If players are at the complex all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, what is happening? Surely they aren't on the practice field that whole time. Are they in meetings? In the weight room? Working on individual techniques with position coaches? Studying film?
A classic example of a missed opportunity was Feinstein's discussion (p. 182) of the injury to starting center Mike Flynn and how the loss would affect the offensive line because, among other things, "it is the center who makes all the calls for the linemen, which makes him the quarterback of the group". Well, we often hear announcers talk about centers making calls on blocking assignments but none ever explains what that means. Here was a perfect opportunity to take a few sentences to clarify this concept. What are the calls? What do they mean? How do the other linemen hear them in the midst of the quarterback's signals?Read more ›
The devoted NFL fan will not find any startling newsflashes or issues regarding the game, but there are certainly several interesting tidbits and stories throughout the book, such as: the difference between the Raven's owner (Steve Bisciotti) and the Redskin's owner (Daniel Snyder); the Terrell Owens debacle - before the season and the game against the Eagles; the discussions that take place in the draft war room, specifically the GM Ozzie Newsome; the role of religion in the NFL; and many other issues. So this book may be more appealing to the casual fan than the fanatic.
To top it off, Feinstein's writing style is so smooth and so readable, it makes this book worthwhile and I recommend it to any sports fan - even those fans of the Steelers, the Bengals and the Browns!
In any sucessful work of non-fiction, the author needs to distill the essence of real life people into the pages of a book. Feinstein does this by providing endless and monotonous, thumbnail biographies of all the characters that he runs into in his year with the Ravens. "So and so grew up in the Deep South/Inner City/Midwest/So-Cali, his father was a firefighter/Coast Guardsmen/Test Pilot, and from the time he could tie his shoes he wanted to play football." There are literaly endless pages of this drivel. A football team consists of 53 players on the active roster, which is down from 85 or so in pre-season training camps, the coaching, scouting and training staffs combined are 30 to 40 people and it seems like Feinstein has a 2 page mini-biography on each and every one of these people. After awhile you cringe when Feinstein's monlogue shifts to a player he hasn't said much about previously, because you just know he's going to roll into another little biography filled with trivial details about what the player's parents did, how many siblings he had, when he started playing football, what his SAT scores were, what he did in high school, where he went to college, how he got into the NFL, and on and on and on.Read more ›
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A nice inside look at the NFL. Football fans will know the players even if you aren't a Ravens fan(I am not). Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by T.L.
The book was conventional and superficial. "Collision Low Crossers" is far better as a chronicle of the season of an NFL team.Published on June 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
“Next Man Up” is a book based on the year that author John Feinstein spent “inside” the Baltimore Raven’s NFL football operations. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by WryGuy2
Although there is too much information about the politics of the beaurocrats of the league,the stories of the players,and their challenges are fascinating. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Dr. Noel Hershfield
This is an great book for any nfl fan,personally im a panthers fan but still enjoyed the inside look at how teams operate and the way things are done. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by jimmy hill
Provides a great story about coaching and managing a nfl team. Game story lines were just ok. I skimmed those pages.Published on January 17, 2014 by Phillip J. Ardoin