Take Your Eye Off the Ball by Pat Kirwan: Too Basic for Avid Football Fans

Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look by Pat Kirwan
Triumph Books 2010

For avid football fans this book is pretty much useless. It’s too basic and really not that interesting. Almost everything in the book the avid fan will already know.

There are some decent chapters in the book. Chapter 4 on running backs, especially the differences in skill sets and what makes one running back better suited to a team’s scheme than another was well done.

Chapter 6, with it’s explanation of zone blocking schemes was well done as well and should help the average fan understand the differences in line technique.

And Chapter 8’s explanation of the differences between a 3-4 and 4-3 defense were nicely done.
Otherwise, if you know your football, there is not much here for you.

Take Your Eye Off the Ball

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