The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL

The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays From the advent of the vertical passing game to the development of ever sophisticated blitzing schemes on defense, 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 words of Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, The film does not lie In The Games That Changed the Game, Ron Jaworski, a one time NFL MVP turned Monday Night Football analyst and pro football sgame tape guru, breaks down the film from seven of the most momentous contests of the last fifty years With an eye toward the brilliant game plans and seminal strategic breakthroughs that revolutionized play on both sides of the ball, Jaworski offers readers a drive by drive, play by play guide to the evolutionary leaps that now define the modern NFL, as well as portraits of the seven men who exhibited both creativity and courage in bucking established strategies From Sid Gillman s development of the Vertical Stretch, which culminated in the San Diego Chargers victory in theAFL Championship Game and 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 interviewed for this book Writing with the same vivid, passionate, and accessible style that has made him television s go to X s and O s maven, Jaworski fills in the blanks for fans who aren t satisfied with merely dropping the terms West Coast offense ordefense into conversation, but want to understand them fully, in context, as they were experienced by the men who played the game You ll never watch the NFL the same way againForeword by Steve Sabol, president, NFL Films

10 thoughts on “The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays

  1. Mike Mike says:

    This book deserves 3.5 stars Ron Jaws Jaworski describes seven key games in the past fifty years of professional football, which, according to him, changed how the game is played It is a quick paced, engaging read You can almost hear Jaws talking about thes

  2. Brian Brian says:

    Are you a geek Do you also love football Then boy, oh boy, is this the book for you If you ve ever seen Ron Jaworski breaking down film on NFL Matchup or one of his other many ESPN shows, you know there s no one better In this book, he takes a look at seven

  3. Trevor Wetzel Trevor Wetzel says:

    I read the short story Bill Belichick s Bull s Eye Game Plan The story starts out by explaining the events that had occurred earlier in that NFL season It explains the certain events that caused this main event to occur The story then goes into giving informa

  4. Steven Steven says:

    Great read Jaws is the man This walk down memory lane was fun and enlightening His players perspective really adds to the descriptive nature of the chapters.

  5. Nicholas Sangiacomo Nicholas Sangiacomo says:

    Very good book The play by play can get a little dry at times particularly during the beginning when the schemes are a little less complex , and at times I found myself skimming them looking for the occasional big moments which Jaws highlights.The real strength

  6. Pat Pat says:

    This book s concept is intriguing Ron Jaworski analyzes seven games through different eras 1964 2002 that revolutionized the National Football League Overall, the author provides sound rationale for each game he selected and is pretty thorough with his analysis

  7. David Pruitt David Pruitt says:

    Great book that have wonderful insight into the evolution of the NFL game The authors do a terrific job in breaking down thecomplex aspects of the NFL in a way that even a mostly casual fan can understand The book provided a rash of wonderful technical knowledge,

  8. Alan Balch Alan Balch says:

    This book was a little over my head I think it sfor the person who loves the game of football over certain teams, but it was a fascinating look into the chess game that goes on behind the scenes.

  9. Jake Scully Jake Scully says:

    Great book It does a great job of portraying a game that is generally known as a dumb, tough guy sport, in a way that everyone can relate I would recommend this book to anyone who likes football and wants to knowabout the strategy of the game.

  10. Clint Banjo Clint Banjo says:

    Ok so it s not high literature but that s not why you re reading itreally in depth look at tactics and in game chess like moves Worth the read for me Well researched and studied.

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