Frantic Francis: How One Coach's Madness Changed Football (Google eBook)

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U of Nebraska Press, Mar 4, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 509 pages
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This book tells the little-known story of the man who forever changed the way football is played--and whose coaching lineage can be traced to such current names as Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Mike Holmgren. Frantic Francis offers an unforgettable portrait of an eccentric character whose paranoid, manic, brusque, and profane ways shocked and confused even his players, but whose speedy, deceptive, and imaginative plays remade the sport of football. Although Schmidt's mania eventually sabotaged his career, his legacy was secure and the style he introduced continues to make football one of the most p.
  

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While the subject may seem a bit obscure, Francis "Shut the Gates of Mercy" Schmidt was renowned in the first half of the 20th century for his innovative approach to offensive football. He coached at ... Read full review

Contents

1 Something Stirring on the Prairie
1
2 Frantic Francis
14
3 The Man from Nowhere
58
4 The OpenGame Movement
87
5 RazzleDazzle
108
6 The Game
150
7 The Immovable Object
197
8 Slingin for Dollars
236
11 The Magic Remains
327
12 The Cost of Odd
356
13 The Final Act
399
14 The Schmidt Effect
409
Schmidt from the Players View
431
Schmidts Coaching Record
439
Notes
447
Bibliography
483

9 On the Edge
259
10 Spreading the Message
294

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