The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 5, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages

Professional football in the last half century has been a sport marked by relentless innovation. For fans determined to keep up with the changes that have transformed the game, close examination of the coaching footage is a must. In The Games That Changed the Game, Ron Jaworski—pro football’s #1 game-tape guru—breaks down the film from seven of the most momentous contests of the last fifty years, giving readers a drive-by-drive, play-by-play guide to the evolutionary leaps that define the modern NFL. 

From Sid Gillman’s development of the Vertical Stretch, which launched the era of wide-open passing offenses, to Bill Belichick’s daring defensive game plan in Super Bowl XXXVI, which enabled his outgunned squad to upset the heavily favored St. Louis Rams and usher in the New England Patriots dynasty, the most cutting-edge concepts come alive again through the recollections of nearly seventy coaches and players. You’ll never watch NFL football the same way again.

 

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Contents

Sunday No 1 Sid Gillmans Vertical Stretch
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS vs OAKLAND RAIDERS DECEMBER 29 1974
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OAKLAND RAIDERS vs sAN DIEGO CHARGERS SEPTEMBER 14 1980
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NEW YORK GIANTS vs SAN FRANCISCO 49ERs JANUARY 3 1982
155
CHICAGO BEARS vs DALLAS cowsovs NOVEMBER 17 1985
194
BUFFALO BILLS V5 PITTSBURGH STEELERS JANUARY 9 1993
232
Afterword
267
Acknowledgments
287
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Ron Jaworski is one of the broadcasters of Monday Night Football, and one of the most popular analysts covering the NFL today. He appears regularly on a number of ESPN shows and specials. Jaworski attended Youngstown State University, then played seventeen NFL seasons. In 1980, he led the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XV and was named NFL MVP. Jaworski then became a sports commentator and TV show host. The president of Philadelphia’s famed Maxwell Club, Jaworski is involved in charitable activities and a variety of business ventures.

Greg Cosell and David Plaut are senior producers with NFL Films. Cosell is the creator and supervising producer of the NFL Matchup program, as well as a frequent guest on national sports radio programs. He lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Plaut is a multi–Emmy Award–winning producer with NFL Films, former book critic for USA Today, Sports Weekly, and the author of four previous books. He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey.
 

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