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

By Ron Jaworski, David Plaut, Greg Cosell

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.


"I've known Ron Jaworski as a teammate, opponent, and broadcaster. Now you can add author to that list. Jaws brings his contagious enthusiasm and vast knowledge to "The Games That Changed the Game"--a book that football fans will both love and learn from." --Bill Cowher, Super Bowl-winning head coach, and analyst, "The NFL Today, " on CBS "If you want to understand the strategic and cerebral part of this very physical sport, this most fascinating football book of the season is for you." --"Library Journal "(starred review) "In a wonderfully accessible format--even for less wonky fans--he provides the lineage of the coaching philosophy that provides the basis for each selection, describes in glorious detail how it was applied in the landmark game, and then adds a postscript describing how the strategy affected the game in subsequent years. This is crazy good football info. The game accounts are great, but even better are Jaworski's analysis of coaching philosoph



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ISBN: 9780345517968

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Publisher ESPN Books
Publish date 08/30/2011
Pages 312
ISBN-13 9780345517968
ISBN-10 0345517962
Language English

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