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

Author: Pat Kirwan, David Seigerman
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by NobleHeavyIndustries   2021-12-10

Read Keep Your Eye off the Ball. Read The Essential Smart Football. Pay for NFL GamePass. Watch the Coach's Film (All-22). They've archives going back to 2011. It's especially helpful if you watch a game (or series of plays) you're already familiar with. Get pen and paper out and take notes. Watch what each player is doing, both before and after the snap, and be ready to rewind over and over and over and over.

There's a lot of good analysis on YouTube too, if you are a learn-by-watching type.

>Start here, on Brett Kollman's channel. He's a former NFL Network production assistant. Most of his videos are story heavy and analysis light, but that video is about how to watch film.
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>Sam's Film Room, with Samuel Gold, a writer for the Athletic. Good for beginners. I think he started out at r/nfl.
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>The QB School, with former Patriots QB, JT O'Sullivan. Focuses on quarterback play, both good and bad.
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>Dan Orlovski's Twitter has a bunch of quick analysis videos, usually focusing on QB play.
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>Peyton Manning's Detail is wonderful show, but is stuck behind a paywall at ESPN.com. There are two short videos free on YouTube. Resourceful people can find it elsewhere as well.
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>Strong Opinion Sports, with Division III NCAA QB Zac Shomler. He has a lot of football video podcasts, but also a QB film analysis playlist.
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>Baldy Breakdowns, with former Cowboys OLineman and current NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger. No true focus, but has great insight into offensive line play.
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>Gamepass Film Sessions. NFL Players and coaches analyze their own plays. The full version is on NFL Gamepass. I'm a particular fan of the one with Joe Thomas.
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>Voch Lombardi. Focuses on talent evaluation and line play. Funny as fuck.
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>The New England Patriots YouTube channel has Belichick Breakdown and Coffee with the Coach. Breakdown is the more analysis focused of the two.

If you're REALLY interested, the resources are out there. Good hunting.

by _edd   2021-12-10

Take Your Eye Off The Ball is pretty much the go to literature on this.

by Seanspeed   2021-12-10

Comes with experience. It's probably the most complex team sport there is, with games being more chess matches than anything.

You can accelerate your learning by reading books like Take Your Eye off the Ball if you're really invested in learning more, but even something like getting into the Madden games can help a lot. Plenty of online resources as well for concepts and formations and whatnot.

While you'll learn plenty just by watching, without a bit of background on the fundamentals, a lot of stuff is gonna be lost on the average viewer.

by bob_3008   2019-11-17

In addition to the previously-mentioned Youtube and Madden, I'll recommend a book, Take Your Eye Off the Ball. It's excellent at explaining the general responsibilities of every player on the field, and what teams look for when drafting them.

by rsmseries   2019-11-17

Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0 - Pat Kirwan

That’s a great one.

by nolookz   2019-07-21

Love Movin' The Chains on SiriusXM. Here's the 2nd Edition of Pat's excellent book:

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

Goes into detail about the game both on and off the field. The book comes with a DVD as well.

by GrundleTurf   2019-07-21

https://www.amazon.com/Take-Your-Eye-Off-Ball/dp/1629371696

by DTSportsNow   2017-08-19

I would check out the slight more up to date version.