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Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  537 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Renowned NFL analysts’ tips to make football more accessible, colorful, and compelling than ever before

More and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, but many of them don’t know exactly what they should be watching. What does the offense’s formation tell you about the play that’s about to be run? When a quarterback throws a pass toward the sideline and the wi
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by Triumph Books
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: football fans who want a deeper understanding of the game
Shelves: sports
I had been looking for a football book which explains player selection, game strategy, play calling, running and pass patterns. I found it here in this book that I bought at the Bear Pond Book Store in Stowe VT. The author , Pat Kirwan, has spent his adult life working as a football commentator and in coaching staffs and front offices of NFL teams.

This is a book that tells you the difference between a nickel package & a dime package, the Will & Sam Linebacker and a 3-4 defense & a 4-3 defense.
Ryan Howell
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This a great book for people who want to expand their knowledge of football. A deep dive on strategies, terminology, football culture, and team building. It’s a little dated with examples but still relevant. Not too dense and well written and accessible for every football fan. Highly recommend.
Justin Orman
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I grew up bored by football. Several years ago I started watching more after joining a fantasy football league with some friends. Seeing this book on Amazon recently I was interested in reading it to better understand the game of football. While I'm not enough of a details person to observe all that the author describes in the book while watching live, knowing the information helps me appreciate more what I'm watching. Being the type of person who enjoys analytics in sports and background inform ...more
Sampath Duddu
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for people looking to take their football knowledge to the next level. I came into it knowing the rules of football, and some basic strategy but came out with a much more greater appreciation for the sport and its intricacies. It is crazy to think about how complex a sport it really is.

I like that Pat goes position by position in most of this book and talks about the qualities needed in a certain type of player as well as what the player is responsible for when on the field. There is
Andre Siregar
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love watching American football as a hobby and this book made me appreciate the sport so much more. The very first time I watched a football game, it looked like chaos. This book does a great job in peeling the onion and explaining the different aspects of the game to make sense of the "chaos". The book does not just cover how the game is played by the players on the field -- it also talks about game-planning and preparation by the coaches and even management of the teams by the people in the ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
Reading this book completely changed the way I watch American football. I already thought the game was a strategic one full of complexities but I had no idea just how much there is to this sport when you really understand it.

I’m in no way a professional after reading this but now I definitely understand all the lingo that coaches and broadcasters are saying about the games and I’m able to better understand what might lead to the success or failure of a given play. Pat has written an incredible
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came to this book thinking that I already knew pretty much all that I needed to know about the American variant of football. How wrong I was. This book took my preconceived notions, ripped them up and threw them away: in a word this book is essential.

I would say that a relatively advanced knowledge is required before you tackle this book. This goes quite low level which is excellent for those wanting that detail, but not so good for a beginner.

My only regret is buying the kindle version of thi
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The good news is this book does exactly what it says it will; watching football now for me is an exercise in recognizing personnel packages, nickel coverage, zone versus man, and zone versus angle blocking. My disappointment was that most of this practical, in-game strategy education was confined to the first half of the book, and the second half was not a deeper dive but a diversion into draft strategy and other off-the-field matters. In these later sections of the book, the tone becomes decide ...more
Tyler Johnson
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The book made me more knowledgeable of football strategy, which I found helpful, but it doesn’t go into any detail in places I would have expected. For example, defensive coverages are discussed only at a very high level, and technique in general is rarely covered at all. Significant portions are rants about NFL rules or procedures, which I found less interesting. The book should also use more diagrams to explain concepts.
Tom Richmond
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I don’t believe this is a good choice for a reader new to the sport, Take Your Eye Off The Ball offers an excellent insight for the NFL fan into how those in the business view football both on-field and off-field. It gives a deep dive upon the responsibilities of each position, and uses real world examples to demonstrate how a scheme, formation or theory can be successfully employed.

The book loses a bit of its intrigue in the later chapters which, while providing interesting information a
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was looking for a book that would make me a little smarter in my football watching and (okay, I'll admit it) my Madden play. This was great for that. In depth explanation of all the position groups, how schemes work, and what to watch for as a fan that wants to be a thinking fan. The chapter titles are cheesy but the insight is solid. ...more
Jose Miguel Guerrero
Un libro esencial para entender más de este hermoso deporte. Pat Kirwan crea un puente para pasar de ser un aficionado observador a uno estudiado. Kirwan utiliza un lenguaje simple, que complementa con casos reales que mantienen vivo el interés del lector. Fue escrito en 2015 así que ojalá pronto haya una reedición. De mis libros favoritos.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun read and I learned a lot of new things from this book. My only criticism is that many of the player references in this version are already outdated (making it difficult for people relatively new to the sport to understand the examples fully).
Nathan Graham
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read

Great read for football fans. Takes you beyond the basic level of the game and makes you hungry for more.
璟農 劉
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book

I learned a lot more about football basics. The part i love the most is that I can be more pro-active on game day rather than just watching the plays~
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
An useful manual how to analyze and watch a Football game as well as everyting that happens beyond game day, such as training, draft and evolution of the game.
Madison Thornton
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really informative read! Helped me really understand the game more.
Jero Östilä
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eyes for details!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic way for a fan of NFL football to get a deeper insight into the game. Not suitable for beginners, though.
Pete Welter
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've watched football my whole life as a fan, and I know enough to enjoy watching games and to spend countless hours evaluating stats for fantasy football. However, I was somewhat unsatisfied because I felt like my knowledge was surface level and didn't know much about the deeper levels of the game. Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look proved to be just the right level I was looking for.

Kirwan is knowledgeable about the game, having been part of NFL orga
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
Written for an audience that already is quite familiar with football already and wants to get a start into looking at it on a deeper level on the playing field, game plan, and franchise management. Kirwan gives a healthy look at each position group and introduces key concepts to help the reader start to understand more.

Probably the most salient point about this book is that even weighing in at over 300 pages, it's not, and cannot, be an authoritative tome on all things strategy. Instead, it work
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very solid explanation of a lot of things I knew, and significantly more that I didn't know. Helps to understand what's going on and at a recent trip to a game it was much clearer what was going on down on the field and why then it had been previously... ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
A decent intermediate football primer. The sections on personnel groupings and basic strategy were helpful. Some of the other "insider" info on NFL customs and culture could be better picked up in reading a more narrative non-fiction book. ...more
Brian Gagnon
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great contribution to game

I listen to PK on Sirius NFL Radio often. His energy is infectious and insights are on-point. This book is consistent with what we've come to know. When does the graduate level class come?!?!
Carey Wells
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic info if you want to know the intricacies of the NFL

If you want to know how a football organization functions, fro, front office types, to scouts, to the practice schedule, this book has it all
Chad Reinhardt
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Awesome look at the intricacies of the NFL and provided a good primer for diving deeper into football studies.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
It turns out there's a lot more that goes on after the snap than opponents running into each other. An eye opening guide for the casual football watcher. ...more
Timothy Lankford
Great book -

Great Book - gets to all the details of the modern game without being dry. Really updates the whole draft and salary cap.
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