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Football For Dummies, 5th Edition




Football For Dummies, 5th Edition

Howie Long, John Czarnecki (With)

ISBN: 978-1-119-02264-0 May 2015 384 Pages


Tackle everything about football with this comprehensive guide from the pros!

Always wanted to understand football, but don't know your X's from your O's? Football For Dummies has you covered! This fun, easy-to-read guide offers a comprehensive overview of the game. Former professional player and current NFL analyst Howie Long teams up with professional football consultant John Czarnecki to guide you through the game like no one else can, with analysis of football positions, basic and advanced offensive and defensive strategies, and the latest updates to the game and the rules. Learn about the latest NFL stadium technologies, new stars in the game, and get details about football that apply to every level, from pee wee to high school, college, and the pros!

Perfect for both knowledgeable fans as a reference, or to those new to the sport, this fun guide makes learning football easy. Jump in and you'll be talking the football talk in no time!

  • Offers a perfect comprehensive and updated guide to football for both new fans and old pros
  • Provides detailed explanations of positions, offensive and defensive plays, and analysis of approaches to various game situations
  • Includes updated content on new stadium technology, new players, and the latest rules and regulations
  • Packed with information that's applicable for every level

Dive right in to Football For Dummies to get the latest in-depth analysis to the most popular sport in America!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Football 5

Chapter 1: America’s Greatest Game 7

Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron 17

Chapter 3: Them’s the Rules (And Regulations) 31

Part II: Go, Offense! 59

Chapter 4: The Quarterback, Football’s MVP 61

Chapter 5: The Passing Game 77

Chapter 6: Hitting the Ground Running 91

Chapter 7: The Offensive Line at Work in the Trenches 111

Chapter 8: Examining Offensive Plays and Strategies 125

Part III: The Big D 151

Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line 153

Chapter 10: The Secondary: Last Line of Defense 169

Chapter 11: Delving into Defensive Tactics and Strategies 187

Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team 205

Chapter 12: Special Teams, Masters of the Kicking Game 207

Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks 229

Part V: Football for Everyone 241

Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans 243

Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football 253

Chapter 16: College Football — Where It All Started 263

Chapter 17: Taking a Look at the NFL (And Other Professional Leagues) 277

Chapter 18: Playing Fantasy Football 293

Part VI: The Part of Tens 301

Chapter 19: The Ten (Or So) Greatest Defensive Players of All Time 303

Chapter 20: More Than Ten Top Non?]Quarterback Offensive Players 313

Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Quarterbacks of All Time 323

Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest Coaches in the History of the Game 331

Appendix 341

Index 353