Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

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Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

Format:  Paperback,

225 pages

Publisher: Independent Pub Group

Publish Date: Aug 2010

ISBN-13: 9781600783913

ISBN-10: 1600783910

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Publisher: Independent Pub Group
Publish Date: Aug 2010
ISBN-13: 9781600783913
ISBN-10: 1600783910
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 225
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.25

Chapter outline

Forewordp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: tWhat You've Been Missing All These Yearsp. xi
Get In the Game: Uncharted Territory for Fans Looking to Follow the Actionp. 1
The 168-Hour Work Week: Designing and Installing a Game Plan is a Round-the-Clock Occupationp. 7
The Toughest Job in Sports: What a Quarterback Really Doesp. 29
Ground Rules: Running the Football in Today's NFLp. 49
There's Always a Catch: Receivers Need to Be More Than Just Good Hands Peoplep. 65
Laying It On the Line: Why the Offensive Line Makes It All Happenp. 79
You Say You Want an Evolution?: How Innovations Like the Wildcat Catch onp. 95
Why 7 Doesn't Equal 7: The Principal Differences between 3-4 and 4-3 Frontsp. 109
Feel the Rush: Pressuring and Protecting the Quarterback is the Key to Successp. 129
Gotcha Covered: How Defensive Backs Do Their Thingp. 143
FBI: Football Intelligence: Teaching the Game at the NFL Levelp. 157
Getting Organized: The Ideal Chain of Command in Today's Front Officesp. 167
Take Your Pick: Mastering the NFL Draft Can Make or Break a Franchisep. 177
State-of-the-Art Football: A Glimpse into the Game's Futurep. 199
Talk the Talk: Show Off Your New Football Vocabularyp. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
About the Authorsp. 225


Review by Library Journal (2010-10-15)

This book is aimed at the average football fan who wants to understand the intricacies of the professional game a bit better. With sports journalist Seigerman, NFL analyst Kirwan (columnist, NFL.com), a former defensive assistant coach for the Jets, offers insight into all phases of the game, including a method for fans to chart games to gain better recognition of patterns in personnel groupings and play calling. Kirwan outlines the responsibilities and activities of coaches, players, and the front office both in season and out.

He describes the duties and challenges of each position and weighs the pros and cons of different schemes that are widely used on the field, such as the 3-4 Cs. the 4-3 defense and angle blocking Cs. zone blocking. Finally, he considers recent innovations such as the Wildcat formation and looks ahead to what may be on the horizon in the ever-changing NFL.

Verdict: A clearly written primer for NFL fans yearning for deeper appreciation of how the game is played. Recommended for public libraries.

-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Camden Lib., NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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