Found June 25, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
Let's make it hot. 1. Football junkies know Chris Brown as the pigskin savant behind the brilliant strategy site Smart Football and a columnist for Grantland. He added author to his lengthy resume last month with the release of The Essential Smart Football, a compendium of his greatest hits. (Full disclosure: I consider Chris a friend and was provided a complimentary copy of the book prior to its release. I interviewed him about the book last month.) I finally finished the book this weekend, and it didn't disappoint. Brown has a knack for distilling complex football schemes and strategies down to their core. The chapter on the New England Patriots defense under Bill Belichick, for example, breaks down how Vince Wilfork truly makes the Pats' hybrid scheme work. Likewise, the section on Urban Meyer's offense deftly illustrates how Ohio St.'s coach has appropriated offensive schemes that have been around since the dawn of time to get the upper hand on opposing ...
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