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The Perfect Pass – Air Raid Offense- Book Review

The Perfect Pass

Great Book, Highly Recommend!

I just finished reading S.C. Gwynne’s; The Perfect Pass; An American Genius and the Reinvention of Football.  The Perfect Pass is a brief history of football’s passing game and the development of the Air Raid Offense by it’s iconoclast alchemist Coach Hal Mumme. ESPN called Mumme one of the most influential football coaches in the last quarter century. Coach Mumme wanted to create a passing first offense and buck the system of run heavy offensive systems prevalent in football prior to the 1980’s.

Many people might be more familiar with Mike Leach.  Texas Tech’s ex Head Coach Mike Leach coined the term Air Raid Offense while an assistant to Coach Mumme at Valdosta State College in 1992 and helped Coach Mumme revolutionize the modern passing game of football.  Coach Mumme was the actual inventor of the Air Raid Offense and taught the concepts to Coach Leach.  Over their years coaching together at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta and Kentucky they developed and honed Mumme’s  progressive wild far-out passing concepts and ideas into the Air Raid Offense of today.

The book is a great history of the modern passing game.  The book reviews the early football era and the passing rule changes helped along by President Teddy Roosevelt.   The book introduces The Spread Offense, The Run and Shoot, West Coast Offense, No Huddle and Two Minute Offense and the teams and coaches that made them great.  Some of the names you will remember like; Pop Warner, Knute Rockne, General Eisenhower, Dutch Meyer, Sammy Baugh, Norm Van Brocklin, Otto Graham, Sid Gillman, Ken Stabler, Jerry Rice, Roger Staubach, LaVelle Edwards, Jim McMahon, John Elway, Joe Monata, Bill Walsh, Don Coryell, Dan Fouts, Mouse Davis, Tiger, Ellison, Jack Neumier, Warren Moon, and Dennis, Erickson.  I had heard all these names and seen them play but to understand how they all intertwined to influence the modern passing game was very interesting.

The book is also a very good biography in the life of a football coach and the trials and tribulations that they must go through to become a NCAA coach.  It was very eye opening to learn about the salaries, time, recruiting, etc that it takes to be a high school or college coach.  This book should be read by anyone that is thinking about becoming a professional football coach.

The book also has some interesting technical passing concepts explained in the book.  A few of Coach Mumme’s favorite plays are reviewed and discussed in detailed about the development, tweaks and game results which influences how the final version of the plays come about.  The book also discusses drills and how he runs his practices.

And finally in my opinion The Perfect Pass is an adventure story, much like  Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer trying to find the pirate treasure. Coach Hal Mumme with the help of  Mike Leach set out to find the Perfect Pass.  They found it in the Air Raid.

“Now and then we had hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”  Mark Twain.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  I highly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  If you read it please leave me a comment below.  I would love to hear your opinion of the book.

Remember to play for fun and winning is funner,
Coach Parker


 

 

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Youth Football Coach’s Reading List

It’s almost a new year, 2012.  Can you believe it?  No, me either.

If you are like me, you are starting to think about your next youth football season and developing your plans. Since we play Spring ball here in Keller, TX, we’ve already had a few coaches meetings .  What did we do right, wrong, and should have done?

It seems like each season after these meetings and before tough games, I will pull out one of the books below and reference one or two things, or just re-read or scan the book again for ideas and or answers.  I probably have 50 or so books in my youth football library, but these are my favorites and trusted stand bys:

  1. The Toss by Jerry Vallotton
  2. Coaching Offensive Lineman by Dave Christensen
  3. Coaching Team Defense by Fritz Shurmur
  4. Directory of Football Defenses by Drew Tallman
  5. Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football – Michael D. Koehler
  6. Coaching Youth Football by John T. Reed
  7. Winning Youth Football – Dave Cisar
  8. Coaching Football by Tom Flores
  9. Football Scouting Methods by Steve Belichick
  10. Football; principles and play by David M Nelson

Check out my youth football coaching books too…. Click here…..

I usually buy these books used on Amazon.  I wait until I can get a good copy for around $10 plus shipping.  Many of these books are out of print and sometimes demand a high price.  Wait a few months and you may find a copy on Amazon or Ebay.  Also, Google the author and they may have an old copy for sale or an ebook copy.

Yes, I know many of these books are older books.  But think about it, youth football is mainly a running game like football was in its early days before passing became so popular in the mid 1970’s.  Trust me these are great football books.  This is my top 10 best coaching youth football books as of today.

Other good web resources that I frequent are Gregory Double Wing , DumCoach Boards and USA Football.

Have a great New Year.

Cheers,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth, TX  / DFW


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What is the most you would pay for a 200 page Youth Football Coaching eBook?

I just finished my first rough draft of my youth football coaching book for youth football players 6-12.  I am trying to decide what is a good price for an ebook.  Please help me decide what’s a fair price and what you would pay for a 200 page Youth Football Coaching ebook.

POLL Closed

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Thanks for your help in advance.

Coach Parker
Fort Worth / Keller Texas

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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.

Thanks
Coach Parker
Keller, TX
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