Yep, just got a few more old football books in today. I like to find them on Amazon in the used books for less than $10. You can find some good info in these old football books. This afternoon, I skimmed through How to Coach Winning Football by Otto D. Unruh published in 1960. Great… Read More
Just received the book Coaching Football and the Split T Formation by James M Tatum and Warren K. Giese published in 1953. I really love these old football books. I read the first few chapters which are related to the history of football, coach’s responsibilities and common injuries with taping instructions. I am about to… Read More
I’ve been reading USC’s Coach John McKay’s book, Football Coaching. He says that he believes that football is a game of legs and the primary excercise should be running. I tend to agreee. If you have strong legs and a strong base then football is easier for that player. This off-season my youngest son is… Read More
Last night I finished reading Handbook of Winning Football by Hall of Fame Coach George Allen. About 450 pages of football wisdom. It was published in 1975 but once you read it, you will realize why Coach Allen is a Hall of Fame football coach. Also if you are a Washington Redskins fan from that era you… Read More
I just finished reading Bear: the Hard Life and Good Times of Alabama’s Coach Bryant, the autobiography of one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. I enjoyed the book. Bear is pretty cocky but his southern charm come through. He is definitely old school and from a different generation. It was interesting to… Read More
I just finished Tom Landry: An Autobiography and it was excellent. I must admit I have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan since growing up in Texas and from the Dallas / Fort Worth area as a young child. I also coach youth football and I love this book. I am definitely a Landry guy!… Read More
I highly recommend this book by Coach Paterno, Paterno by the Book.
A few months back, I read The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh the great football coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-1989 and the innovator of the West Coast offense. This a must read book for any football coach but also any business professional. A major theme… Read More
I just started reading Frtitz Shurmer’s The Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense. This is a must have book simply for the description of outside linebacker / defensive end play. The play of the outside linebacker “starts with a good take off, or explosion, across the line of scrimmage on the snap.” They must “sprint across the line of scrimmage and reacting on the run rather than sitting on the line of scrimmage reading.” Too many time the DE or OLB sit and wait and there is no pass rush or the running back has already gotten a head of steam and its over for contain.
I hope you enjoy The Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense.
Tom Bass in his book Youth Football Skills & Drills: A New Coach’s Guide says one youth football coach to 6 pee wee football players an ideal ratio of coaches. I must agree with Coach Bass. To really teach the youth football player you need multiple drill stations to keep the young little league football players interested.… Read More