The Art of Smart Football

The Art of Smart Football


Masterfully blending thought provoking analysis with engrossing storytelling, The Art of Smart Football examines football's most innovative and enduring strategies and ideas, through the lens of the sport's best coaches and players. The Art of Smart Football is an eye-opening, fascinating and accessible contribution to our understanding of America's favorite sport.

The Art of Smart Football features analysis of football's top strategists and schemes, including:

Pete Carroll's aggressive defense Chip Kelly's spread offense and new-school methods The roots of Bill Belichick's defensive genius Gus Malzahn's up-tempo offense The strategies Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers use to shred defenses Art Briles and Baylor's wide open attack Nick Saban's defensive evolution

The book also includes explorations of the newest trends in football, including "packaged plays" that combine runs and passes into one play, "pattern match" defenses that blend man-to-man and zone pass coverages, how defenses are responding to the spread offense, and much more.

Praise for The Art of Smart Football

"The Art of Smart Football made me a smarter football writer . . . Football, as presented by these coaches and by Brown, is such an imaginative game. It's a great read: Go buy it."
-- Peter King, The MMQB/Sports Illustrated

"A must read if you are a football junkie."
-- Trent Dilfer, ESPN/13-year NFL Veteran Quarterback

"The best analysis in the game today."
-- Rolling Stone

"Awesome stuff. I recommend The Art of Smart Football to any coach or fan."
-- Matt Bowen, ESPN Columnist/NFL Veteran

"When Chris B. Brown releases a book, you should buy it."
-- Bill Barnwell, Grantland/ESPN

"A deep dive into football. Highly recommended."
-- Field Yates, ESPN

"The Art of Smart Football is a perfect read for anyone looking to take their knowledge of the game up a notch."

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