Tackle everything about football with this comprehensive guide from the pros! Always wanted to understand football, but don't know your X's from your O's? Football For Dummies has you covered! This fun, easy-to-read guide offers a comprehensive overview of the game. Former professional player and current NFL analyst Howie Long teams up with professional football consultant John Czarnecki to guide you through the game like no one else can, with analysis of football positions, basic and advanced offensive and defensive strategies, and the latest updates to the game and the rules. Learn about the latest NFL stadium technologies, new stars in the game, and get details about football that apply to every level, from pee wee to high school, college, and the pros! Perfect for both knowledgeable fans as a reference, or to those new to the sport, this fun guide makes learning football easy. Jump in and you'll be talking the football talk in no time! Offers a perfect comprehensive and updated guide to football for both new fans and old pros Provides detailed explanations of positions, offensive and defensive plays, and analysis of approaches to various game situations Includes updated content on new stadium technology, new players, and the latest rules and regulations Packed with information that's applicable for every level Dive right in to Football For Dummies to get the latest in-depth analysis to the most popular sport in America!
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Football 5 Chapter 1: America’s Greatest Game 7 Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron 17 Chapter 3: Them’s the Rules (And Regulations) 31 Part II: Go, Offense! 59 Chapter 4: The Quarterback, Football’s MVP 61 Chapter 5: The Passing Game 77 Chapter 6: Hitting the Ground Running 91 Chapter 7: The Offensive Line at Work in the Trenches 111 Chapter 8: Examining Offensive Plays and Strategies 125 Part III: The Big D 151 Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line 153 Chapter 10: The Secondary: Last Line of Defense 169 Chapter 11: Delving into Defensive Tactics and Strategies 187 Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team 205 Chapter 12: Special Teams, Masters of the Kicking Game 207 Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks 229 Part V: Football for Everyone 241 Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans 243 Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football 253 Chapter 16: College Football — Where It All Started 263 Chapter 17: Taking a Look at the NFL (And Other Professional Leagues) 277 Chapter 18: Playing Fantasy Football 293 Part VI: The Part of Tens 301 Chapter 19: The Ten (Or So) Greatest Defensive Players of All Time 303 Chapter 20: More Than Ten Top Non?]Quarterback Offensive Players 313 Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Quarterbacks of All Time 323 Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest Coaches in the History of the Game 331 Appendix 341 Index 353
Howie Long is a former Oakland/Los Angeles Raider defensive end with eight Pro Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl win, and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. John Czarnecki is a pro football consultant.
Learn to: Tackle football basics and enjoy America's favorite sport Grasp the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties Appreciate the different aspects of the game at the professional and college levels Tackle America's favorite sport with the pros If you've always wanted to understand football, but don't know your X's from your O's, this fun and friendly guide has you covered! Written by two football pros, it offers a complete overview of the game, from understanding the positions and plays to making sense of the latest rules and regulations—and everything in between. The basics — grasp the rules and regulations, the game clock, the coin toss and kickoff, the roles of officials, and the meaning behind all those marks on the field Make sense of offense — understand the quarterback's job and get the lowdown on the passing game, the running game, the offensive line, and the strategies used to move the football and score points Go, D! — delve into defensive tactics and strategies that coaches and players employ to stop opposing offenses Meet the line-up — get to know the kickers, punters, coaches, managers, trainers, and others who play a big part in the game Open the book and find: How football works at the college and NFL levels Football rules, regulations, and jargon A plain-English explanation of downs What referee signals mean A breakdown of each position's role in the game Defensive and offensive strategies How to decipher announcers' slang The ten greatest quarterbacks, teams, and coaches in history