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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown; First edition (1 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600783910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600783913
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To the untrained eye, American NFL football can seem like chaos; the action happens so fast that simply watching the ball gives only a partial picture of what's really going on. In this book Pat Kirwan explains all the roles and strategies in a clear and simple way enabling everyone to get a much better understanding of what's happening and much more enjoyment from watching NFL football games.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dave_holt on 14 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
For anyone who follows American Football Pat Kirwan should be a familiar name. As a broadcaster, coach and front office staffer Pat has collected knowledge of the game from most angles.

In this book he sets out to give the reader an insight into the game of football that most viewers don't always see. This book is certainly not meant as an introduction to the sport. It doesn't cover basics such as rules, positions, teams, etc. This guide is aimed at those who watch and love the game but want to get a player's or coaches insight.

Pat looks at different areas of the game in each chapter covering running and passing offence, rush and pass defence, special teams and the lineman battle to name a few. In each section he breaks down what is happening and why and encourages the reader to look away from the biggest distraction - The ball.

All in all this is an enjoyable read for someone who wants a better understanding of the game, its not for the novice and I would suggest might make great reading for someone starting to play the game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Clegg on 28 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviews about this not being for beginners, in fact if you are new to the sport and want to learn the rules and basic structure of the game DONT buy this book. However, if you, like me, have been a keen student of the game for many years (24 years Browns fan - thick and thin - mostly thin) then this book will only hit some of the marks IMHO.

I think this book is aimed at someone who has not yet looked beyond the obvious rule structure and dynamics of the game. Starting off by telling the reader that they should watch the personnel units coming on to the field, the OL, DL twitches is all pretty basic stuff, I personally wanted more. I found that the book was basically over just over halfway through when the author started talking about teaching in the NFL.

That's not to say that that it does not have some great insights that were certainly new to me but too much was glossed over. I also thought that there was not enough diagramatical support to the schemes discussed in the book which, to someone at a stage in their learning to need a book like this, would have benefitted from greatly.

So if you have been getting in to the game for a couple of years, know the rules, basics of team assignments, but want to know the basics of what the offense and defense does and why, then this is a good book for you. If you know that stuff then I would suggest getting a much more detailed book on Xs and Os.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sergio from italy on 28 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
very competently written, exhaustive, not for beginners. but it really helps understand different aspects of the game that would otherwise be missed. highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Price on 16 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
I've followed football for 25 yrs, this book has made me watch it in a totally different way. Easy to follow, interesting and entertaining Pat Kirwin has taught me more in this book than any other I have read. It's not for the novice but to anyone who has already got a basic knowledge it is a must read.
Brilliant!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 31 Dec 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book to broaden my knowledge of the game and it has done that perfectly.

The only complaint I have is related to the Kindle version of the book. There is a chapter called "Diagrams" which contains several diagrams of the x's and o's from football. The problem is it is almost impossible to decipher them when reading this book on the Kindle. Usually I would just zoom to solve this issue but that does not help in any way.

In summary, great book but disappointed by the diagrams on the Kindle.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this book cover to cover. I will be reading it again before the season as there are a lot of little details that I need and want to stay with me for the seasons to come. You need to have a few seasons of NFL viewing under your belt to get the most out of this book so don't buy this as your first introduction into the sport. There are plenty of other books or Internet offerings for complete beginners. This book comes into its own for fans who have heard the terms 4-3 and 3-4 defense, Nickel and Dime packages but maybe don't fully understand why or when teams use them. The title is very accurate and clearly explains what is happening all over the field whilst you are just watching the snap, QB and the ball. I found that it increased my knowledge to the next level and with another read and the new season coming soon I can't wait to implement my new understanding to my viewing. This is not a coaching manual and there is a whole other level of knowledge down the line for me but it's a great book and perfect for what I wanted. I can maybe understand a little bit more as to why my Minnesota Vikings were so bad last season!!
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Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
If you've been watching football long enough to roll your eyes at the eejits who criticise it with ill-informed comments like "it's too slow", "I bet they don't even feel the tackles because of all the padding" or "it's easy to score when tthe other players are pushing all the tacklers away" then you are ready for this book. It will help take the casual fan up to the next level of understanding, and opens up the whole spectacle of watching a game, by making what happens in between plays just as enthralling as what happens when the ball is snapped.

As a former amateur player, I spent WEEKS learning my playbooks, understanding my keys, reads and assignments, and those of the teammates to my left and right. Kirwan's book, complete with copious diagrams and written in a very accessible style, not only confirmed everything I ever suspected about the linemen being the most important players but also demonstrates how much the fan can divulge from observing the nuances of line play prior to the snap. Furthermore, several off-field aspects of the management of a football team are covered too and Kirwan's extensive knowledge lifts the lid on the drafting process and the importance of the medical and training staff.

This book is absolutely worth every single penny. If someone would be good enough to sit down with Vernon Kay and at least explain the pictures to him, he might not spout so much drivel every week on the highlights show.
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