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The Essential Smart Football [Paperback]

Chris B. Brown
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Book Description

10 May 2012
The Essential Smart Football is an examination of football's most important strategies and ideas, through the lens of the game's best coaches, players, and schemes. Brilliantly written and eschewing unnecessary jargon and technicality, it makes a major contribution to our understanding of football to help all of us -- coaches, players, and fans -- appreciate the game we love all the more.

The Essential Smart Football features analysis of football's top strategists and their schemes, including:

  • Urban Meyer's spread offense
  • Tom Brady's no-huddle attack
  • Bill Belichick's hybrid defense
  • Gus Malzahn's up-tempo offense
  • Charlie Strong's defensive evolution
  • Mike Leach's pass-happy "Air Raid"
  • The most popular scheme for running the ball in the NFL
  • Nick Saban's school of defense.

    The book also includes explorations of modern approaches to the West Coast Offense, evolutions in defensive fronts and coverages, the changing role of the running game in spread and pro-style offenses, and much more.

    "Buy this book if you love football."
    -- Gregg Rosenthal, Senior Editor, NFL.com

    "[Chris Brown] has put together a book that you need to buy if you're a football fan with a pulse."
    -- Bill Barnwell, Staff Writer, Grantland

    "I'm a better coach after reading this book. A must have in every coach's library!"
    -- Dub Maddox, Offensive Coordinator, Jenks High School, Jenks, Oklahoma (12x Oklahoma State champions)

    "Accessibly erudite".
    -- New York Magazine

    "If you're a football geek, this is a mandatory purchase."
    -- Doug Farrar, Yahoo! Sports

    "Advanced stats are great, but they mean a lot more when you understand where the players are moving on the field and why. Nobody has taught me more about where the players are moving on the field and why than Chris Brown."
    -- Aaron Schatz, founder of FootballOutsiders.com, columnist for ESPN.com/ESPN the Magazine

    "Must-have new book for any football fan."
    -- Dan Shanoff, Quickish.com


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    Product details

    • Paperback: 154 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 May 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1470125595
    • ISBN-13: 978-1470125592
    • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.9 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but... 16 Mar 2014
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Not all together original...If you read these sorts of books you will have essentially read many of the chapters before.

    It's good but blood, sweat and chalk is better.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 25 Oct 2013
    By mike
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A really great collection of articles that helps any football an some of the different things that are going on within the world of football strategy.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 May 2013
    By sp189
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Bit disappointing since I'd read all of this on Brown's blog but still nice to have it in book form for reference.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good read however 31 Mar 2013
    By J Beck
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The book was Not as in-depth as I was looking for. The author does a great job with description however I wish there was more meat on the bone.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Football 13 Mar 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Great way to enhance your knowledge and understanding of football. Explained in an easy to understand way and a great reference tool.
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