Swing Your Sword – Football Book Review

I just finished Coach Mike Leach’s Book, Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life.  What a great book. I’ve recently read autobiographies and books from some of the greatest football coaches; Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, Bear Bryant, John McKay, Paul Brown, and George Allen.  Coach Leach’s book ranks up there in my top 3.  Sure it talks about the Texas Tech scandal in the last chapters, but there are three of four chapters in the middle of the book that are laced with football genius.

Here are a few of my favorite passages from the book:

  1. Arm strength is about 6th on the list of what I look for in a quarterback. First I want to know how accurate he is and if he can make good decisions.
  2. I think playbooks are outdated.  Now everything is on video, and you playbook is your cut ups.
  3. You’re either coaching it or allowing it to happen.  

There’s a lot more.  And there is a good quote about making football fun from Rex Ryan.  I don’t want to give it all away.

If you are looking for a nice read on the plane or just looking for a good football book, check out Coach Leach’s new book. I read Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life in two days.  It was that good.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

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