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Smart Football

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Growing up in the frozen, football-less tundra of northern Maine, I was blissfully ignorant of the obsession that afflicts the rest of the country. Spending the past decade in Texas, however, I’ve grown increasingly infected interested in the nuances of the game. I could always follow the action on TV but after talking to some friends who coached or played at a higher level, I realized there were many facets of the game which only a trained eye can comprehend.

The Smart Football Blog is my entree to the odd rituals of college football strategery. Try the top Smart Football posts of 2008 on for size:

A quick list of my five* most popular articles of 2008.

1. The Florida Gator/Urban Meyer Offense – Self-explanatory

2. Coaching preview: Alabama’s Nick Saban vs. Clemson’s Rob Spence – I’m guessing that it was Saban and not Rob Spence that drew in readers.

3. Auburn’s offense might be bad, but don’t call it the spread, the Airraid, or the Tony Franklin System - This is the part where I have a hand in getting an entire coaching staff axed … ack.

4. The Divide Route in the Multiple Smash Concept – Pure technical football here; this post won a college football blogger award.

5. The Shotgun, The ‘Gun, and the Shotgun Spread Offense – A brief history of the gun and the rise of the modern spread.

* Actually, the second most popular article was one I wrote several years ago, though it is more salient than ever now: Has the Spread Offense Reached Its Apex?

** Two other rather technical and older (2005) articles dealing with a “conceptual” approach to the passing game finished barely behind these posts: Organizing Pass Plays As Concepts and St. Louis Rams Shallow Cross Concepts.

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