The Complete Idiot's Guide to Football

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Penguin, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 341 pages
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Football, Second Edition, provides new and intermediate football fans with all the information they need to understand and enjoy football. From high school to the NFL, coverage includes the basics of offense and defense, players, rules, strategies and even what to wear! New coverage for this edition includes: the draft - how it works for teams and players including parity, new technology on the field including instant replay, dangerous referee flags and rules changes for college and pro ball, XFL, arena league, expansion teams and NFL Europe, and the changing business and team strategy for professional football today.

  

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Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Football (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Walter Straus - Goodreads

Another useless, informationless book on football. It is such a complicated game, but there is so little - that I have found - to make it more comprehensible. Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Football (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

Although it one might consider choosing a more up-to-date book given some recent rule changes in the NFL, in its day this book explained everything you needed to know about football, and it presented it so simply that even a 6th-grader could understand it. Read full review

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Contents

Learning the Rules and the Lore
1
So You Want to Be a Monday Morning Quarterback
3
The Lure of the Game
4
The Passion
5
Why Is It So Violent?
8
The Connection Between Football and Community
9
Looking at the Field and the Ball
13
Why Is the Ball Shaped Like That?
14
The Defensive Line Get the Ball Hit the Quarterback
165
Stopping the Run
167
Pass Rushing
168
Stunts
170
Bull Rushing
171
Linebackers Do Everything
173
Three Linebackers or Four?
174
The Different Jobs in the Middle
175

The Object of the Game
15
What Is a Goal Post?
17
Hashmarks
19
The Chains the Sticks
20
The Imaginary Line That You Can See
21
Artificial Turf or Natural Grass?
22
Indoors or Outdoors?
24
The Red Zone
25
You Get Six Points to Do What?
27
Extra Points
29
TwoPoint Conversions
31
Deciding When to Go for Two Points After a Touchdown Based on the Current Score continued
32
Field Goals
33
Safeties
34
Game Time Doesnt Include Commercials
35
Overtime
36
Play the Game
37
The Anatomy of a Play
38
Every Player Has a Different Job
39
Helmets and Facemasks
40
Shoulder Pads Hip Pads Knee Pads and More
41
Jerseys Pants and Socks
42
Always Eleven on a Side
43
The Offense
44
The Defense
45
Skill Players
46
The Trenches
47
Kickers Are Different
48
Coaching Get Fired or Go on TV
51
Xs or Vs and Os
52
Film Study
54
Motivation
55
Coordinators and What They Coordinate
57
The Progression from Position Coach to TV Personality
58
The Various Philosophies of a BlueCollar Game
59
The Personality of the Coach and the Team
61
Understanding the Lore
63
The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field
64
How It Began
65
The 1960sYou Say You Want a Revolution
67
The 1970sWhen Perfect Was the Standard
69
The 1980sWhen Guys Named Joe Went to the Show
70
The 1990sWhen the Teams Moved
71
Learning the Offense and the Penalties
73
The Quarterback Is the Movie Star
75
It All Starts Here
77
Working the Pocket
79
Spirals
80
Reading Defenses
81
Calling Audibles
82
Looking off Defenders
83
The Bomb
84
The Hail Mary
85
The Evolving Nature of Quarterbacks
86
Joes Top Five Quarterbacks
87
The Offensive Line They Called Mine The Hogs
89
Hogs and Such
90
Who Are Those Five Big Guys?
91
One Line Two Jobs
92
They Get Noticed When Something Goes Wrong
93
Holding Is Only Holding If You Keep Holding
94
Trap Block
95
Double Team
96
The Push Off of the Line
97
The Receivers Glue on Their Fingers and Rockets in Their Shoes
99
Who Are They?
100
Speed Guys
101
Possession Guys
102
Tight EndsLike Hogs with Hands
103
The Patterns
104
The First Five Yards off the Line
106
Leave Your Sanity on the Bench
107
Yards After CatchAlso Called YAC
108
Joes Top Five Receivers Starting with Jerry Rice
109
The Running Backs Great Ones Control Games
111
Leading the Way
112
Ball Carriers
113
Halfbacks and Fullbacks a Great TagTeam
114
NorthSouth Runners and EastWest Runners
115
A Safety Valve and More
116
Split T
117
Offset I Formation
118
The Sweep
119
Joes Top Five Running Backs Starting with Jim Brown
120
Strategies A Lot of Ways to Go Eighty Yards or One
123
Run Throw or Mix It Up
124
Dont Make Mistakes
125
Playing Chess with Giants
126
Four Wide Receivers
127
The Shotgun
128
AirItOut Football
129
The WestCoast Offense
130
The DNA of Offense
131
The TwoMinute Drill
132
The Size of the Field
133
Advanced Offensive Strategies Like Rocket Science
135
The Communication SystemSay What?
136
But Wait Theres More
137
Where Do the Runners Run?
138
The Quarterback Isnt Listening to Elvis
139
Changing the Play
141
Shifting
142
Mismatches
143
Blitzes
144
Tackle Eligible to Catch a Pass
145
The Game Plan
146
Building the Perfect Offense
147
The Guys Who Control the Chaos
149
Who Are These Guys and Where Are They?
150
Head Linesman
151
Fire Judge
152
A Few Basic Referee Signals
153
General Signals You Should Know continued
154
Instant Replay
160
Learning the Defense and Special Teams
163
A Place to Raise Havoc
176
Two Different Outside Linebackers
177
In the Mind of a Linebacker
178
The Spy
179
Joes Top Five Linebackers
180
The Secondary The Last Best Hope
181
Small Quick and Fearless
182
Life on an Island
183
Safeties Are Enforcers
184
Zone or MantoMan Coverage
185
Bump and Run
186
Joes Top Five Defensive Backs
187
Strategies Attack or React
189
Attacking vs Reacting
190
Stopping the Run
191
Zone or MantoMan Coverage
192
Welcome to the Age of Specialization
195
Blitzing
196
Short Yardage and Goal Line Situations
197
The Prevent Defense
198
Advanced Defensive Strategies
201
How Defensive Philosophies Became Important
202
The Over Defense and the Under Defense
203
The 46 Defense
204
The Eagle Defense
205
The Double Eagle Defense
206
The Nickel Package
207
Combination Coverages
208
Nickel Combination Coverage
209
TwoDeep ManUnder
210
Building the Perfect Defense
211
Special Teams Really Are Special
213
Games Can Turn on Special Teams Play
214
Rolling Thunder
215
Anatomy of a Kickoff
216
The Five Parts of Kicking Team Coverage
217
A Flash of Lightning
218
The Onside Kick
219
Your Turn
220
Life on the Edge
221
Field Goals and Extra Points
223
College and Pro
225
College Football More Than Marching Bands and Cheerleaders
227
The Pageantry
228
Divisions IA IAA II III
229
The Conferences
231
The Bowl Games
232
The AllStar Games
233
The College Passer Rating System
234
The Draft
235
The Draft The Best Day for the Worst Teams
237
Finding the Players
238
The 2001 Draft Calendar
239
Testing and Testing
240
Money Dreams Money Jobs Moneyand Did I Mention Money?
241
The Pressure to Be Good NOW
242
The Role of Free Agency
243
Beware the Bursting Bubble
245
Alternative Football Leagues
247
The American Football League Version One
248
The World Football League
249
The Modern Companion Leagues
250
The Canadian Football League
251
NFL Europe
252
Definitely NOT the NFL
253
The NFL The Best in the World
255
The NFL Is The Show
256
The Superstar League
258
The Culture of the Game
259
How Teams Are Built
260
Finding the Players
262
Young Guys or Grizzled Veterans
263
The Road to the Super Bowl
265
The Regular Season Is Too Exciting to Be Regular
266
Cheer Loud Your Team Needs You
267
Sixteen Games Then What?
268
Jack Up the Intensity Level for the Playoffs
270
The Super Bowl
271
The Business of the Game
273
How Many Superstars Fit in the Salary Cap? Its a Riddle
274
Free Agency Isnt Free
276
Defined Gross Revenue
277
How Money Has Changed the Game
278
The Story of a Team Called the Cleveland Browns
280
Gambling
281
Pools
282
900 Lines
283
Television and the Media The Show About the Show
285
Theres No Business Like Show Business
286
The Other Side of Up
287
The Game Is On
288
The Meat and Potatoes
289
The Camera Takes You There
290
Newspapers and Magazines
291
Local and National
292
The Essentials of Fandom
295
Game Gear What to Wear
297
The Ritual
298
Some Logos Never Change Some Do
300
Protect Yourself Against the Elements
301
Homemade Gear
302
Joes Top Five Original Fan Outfits
303
The Joy of Being a Fan
305
Tailgating Is a Profession a Craft and an Art
306
Consumption
307
Greeting Fans from a Foreign City
308
Were Number One
309
Rivalries The Essence of It All
311
You and Me OutsideRight Now
312
A Good Way to Start a Rivalry Is to Meet in the Playoffs
313
The Braggin Bowls
314
Joes Top Five Rivalries
315
Gridiron Talk Glossary
317
National Football League Team Addresses
327
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About the author (2001)

Joe Theismann was the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XVII, a two-time Pro Bowl player, and the most productive quarterback ever for the Washington Redskins. In 1983, he was voted MVP of both the NFL and the Super Bowl. He co-hosts ESPN's popular NFL Countdown and Primetime. He has been inducted into the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame and the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey.

Brian Tarcy has authored or co-authored six books on both sports and business, including a biography of Mario Lemieux for Chelsea House.

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