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A Must Read for the SERIOUS Fan
on March 11, 2012
This book is indispensable for understanding whats really happening. What is the A Gap? B Gap? Why was Warren Sapp the best 3 Technique in 4-3 but was useless as a 3-4 Defensive end? Why has Brandon Jacobs production declined since 2007-08, to the point he has just been cut by the Giants? Spoiler: Because defenses know the big back can only run in only 2 gaps, unlike Bradshaw and the usual faster (and less overpowering) Running Backs. The Giants also usually only use 11 personnel (1RB, 1TE) unlike the 21 personnel (1RB, 1FB, 1TE) standard in those Run Heavy 07-08 Giant seasons.
If you found my opening paragraph interesting, than you NEED to own this book. This book is for those smarter fans who already know the basics, and are totally unsatisfied with the glossy media coverage of the NFL, which tells you nothing about what actually happened last Sunday, and what will happen. This book starts to give you a glimpse of whats REALLY going on in the field. Pro-Football is just as Intellectually demanding as chess, and its strategic elements are fascinating. I knew this before the book, but I had no idea how far.
The conventional view most fans have is that its all about the talent of the players, bad teams are bad because they lack the famous stars. Its a match of strength and speed. But its not, everybody on the field is fast and strong...Its a chess match. The NFL is ALL about Gameplanning, half the game has been won during the week before by how the opposing coaching staffs have decided to attack eachother. I realize NOW why coaches are hired and fired so frequently, its not about Personality and "Leadership Skills" - Its how the team's talent is being used or misused every week, often what is happening is a result of being outsmarted and figured out, they must innovate or die. Than they make guesses as to how the opposing staff will react to their reaction.
For those who are going to buy this book, there are some great web resources to keep up with what's happened each week, once you've learned whats in this book. Footballoutsiders, Smartfootball, Profootballfocus. Reading this book began my learning process, and there's tons where that came from. Im looking into purchasing 'essentials of smartfootball' as Ive gotten into that sites archives. If you're the above average intelligence fan, and have had enough of ridiculous media talk of the same old junk, I cant stand hearing or listening or reading junk like this or that QB 'has what it takes to win'. NFL Network Playbook during the season is great, but Im never home for it. Ive heard Jaworski has a good show too. His book 'Games that changed the game' is worth a read. Also: While waiting for this book to arrive in the mail, Google NYTimes "Guide to NFL Defenses Part 1" - Its a 7 part series they published on the 5th Down blog last september, it was the first thing I ever read that REALLY taught me something. This book filled in the rest.