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Top Football Coaching Books List – Belichick Collection – 4

do your job - bill belichickThis is the fourth blog post in the Belichick football books collection.  Thanks again to the Naval Academy for sending me the list of books in the rare football book collection donated by Coach Belichick to them.

I have tried to provide links to Amazon and other vendors that are selling these new and used american football books.  Prices are high to low on some of the great football books so shop around.  Sometimes it depends on the quality of the older used books.  I try to by ‘good” or higher condition books.  Acceptable condition you might need to repair some of the older fb books. You can find most of the used books that are not “rare for around $12 to $25.  You can also find some of the older football books in online archives for free to need to “Google It”.

I hope you enjoy the list of some of the top football coaching books. I have many of them and started buying more from the Belichick library list.  Some of the info and football wisdom in these is very good, especially from the older coaching books.  How much would you pay for a priceless gem that helps your team win?  I’ve found many and hope to find many more.  Enjoy….

Post 1   Post 2   Post 3  Belichick Book Page

Belichick Collection Post  4

Author Book Name Date
Jones/Wilkinson Modern Defense Football 1958
Keith Okla. Kick-Off 1948
Kieran Amer. Sporting Scene 1941
Killinger Football 1938
King Inside Pro Football 1958
Kiper 1993 Draft Report 1992
Kramer Complete Book of “I” Formation 1966
Kramer Instant Replay na
Kreiger  Q & Answl. On 1937 Rules 1937
Kroll How to be a TV Qback 1964
Kuharich Football for Boys 1960
Lambert How to Officiate FB 1930
Langmack FB Conditioning 1926
Larson FB Dynasties Michigan 1991
Layden It was a Different Game 1969
Layne Always on Sunday na
Leahy ND Football 1948
Leahy Defensive Football 1951
Leckie Story of FB 1965
Leibovitz Paperback about Firing Paul Brown 1963
Lenser Practical 6 Man FB 1938
Levy Return to Glory 1965
Levy 3 Yards & Cloud of Dust 1966
Lieb Line Coaching 1927
Little, Lou Football 1934
Little, Lou How to Watch FB 1935
Lombardi Football Vol. 1 & 2 1963
Lombardi Run to Daylight 1963
Lowman Practical Football 1931
Luckman Passing for TD’s 1948
Luckman Luckman at QB 1949
Lupica Parcells 1987
Martin End Play 1961
Masin How to Star in Football 1959
Masin Football Laughs 1972
Mather Winning High School Football 1955
Maule The Pros 1960
McDonald They Pay Me to Catch the Football 1962
McGuire San Francisco 49ers 1960
McKay Football Coaching 1963
McKenzie Football Scouting 1955
Metzger Football Winning Plays 1927
Meyer Spread Formation TCU 1952
Miller Truth About Big Time Football 1953
Mills Kicking the American Football 1932
Mitchell The T at North Texas State na
Moore Football Techniques & Tactics 1951
Morris Brian Piccolo 1971
Morton Red Grange Story 1953
Munn Michigan State Multiple Offense 1953

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I find a lot of my old books on eBay.com, Amazon.com, Abebooks.com and sometimes books.google.com. I just found a new place you might some for free; https://archive.org/I hope you enjoy the list of some of the rarest top American football coaching books from the Belichick Library collection.

Stay tuned as I post more of the list.  Post 1  Post 2  Post 3   Belichick Book Page

Thanks,
Coach Parker
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Best Football Books – Belichick Library 3

do your job - bill belichickThis is the third blog post in the Belichick Library Collection series of some of the best football books on American Football. Once again, shout out to the Naval Academy for sending me the list of great football coaching books from a legendary NFL coach.  I must have bought 10 books off the list since I started this series on top football coaching books in his collection.  I hope you enjoy the list of books as much as I have putting this series together.  I love receiving these older books and looking through their notes and sometimes they leave surprises in the used books like old homework from football coaching classes or plays drawn up.  Pretty cool.

Here is the 3rd post in the Belichick Library Collection. Go here for the first post and here for the second post.

Author Book Name Pub Date
Faurot Secrets of Split T  1950
FB Register NA 1973
Finney LSU The Fighting Tigers 75yrs 1968
Fitzgerald Pro QB- Unitas  1965
Fleischer Pro FB at its Best 1977
Fuoss Championship Football Drills 1950
Fuoss QB Gen- Ship & Strategy 1958
George Split T in HS FB 1958
Gergen Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys 1972
Gilbert Kp Off My Turf-Mike Curtis 1972
Gilluly Grizzly Gridiron Montana  1960
Glanville Elvis Don’t Like FB  1990
Gola Hard Nose Giants (Burt)  1986
Goodman Greatest Day in FB 1948
Gottehrer NY Giants 1963
Graha The NY Giants 1952
Grahamm T Quarterback 1953
Grange Zuppke of Illinois 1934
Grant Before Rockne at ND 1968
Graves Guide to Modern FB Defense 1969
Graves Linesmen’s Bible 1921
Graves Guide to Modern Off. FB   1967
Green Detroiot Lions 1973
Griffin 1st 100 yrs of S.Carolina Football  1992
Griffith   My Life with the Redskins 1947
Grimsley FB (Southwest Conference)  1968
Grosscup Fourth & One 1963
Hammett-Lund How to be an Athlete 1923
Hand Great RBs of NFL 1966
Harron Rockne, Idol of American FB 1931
Haughton FB & How to Watch It 1922
Heffelfinger This was FB 1954
Heisman  Principles of FB 1922
Herring 40 Years of FB 1940
Herskowitz Golden Age of Pro FB 1974
Hickman Herman Hickman Reader NA
Hill FB Thru the Years 1940
Holgate Fundamental FB 1958
Holley Patriot Reign 2004
Hornung FB and the Singleman 1965
Huntington 50 years of Colgate FB 1940
Hurt Goals-Life of Rockne 1931
Huston Salesman From the Sidelines 1932
Hyland The Diary of a Line Smasher 1932
Izenbarg Championship NFL 1966
Izenbarg No Medals for Trying  1990
Izenbarg NY Giants 75 Years 1999
Jones, Gomer Modern Defensive Football 1957
Jones, Gomer Off. & Defense Line Play 1961
Jones, Howard How to Coach & Play FB 1923
Jones, Howard Football For the Fan 1929

 

I find a lot of my old books on eBay.com, Amazon.com, Abebooks.com and sometimes books.google.com. I just found a new place you might some for free; https://archive.org/I hope you enjoy the list of some of the rarest top American football coaching books from the Belichick Library collection.

Stay tuned as I post more of the list.  Post 1, Post 2

Thanks,
Coach Parker
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Football Books – Belichick Collection 1

do your job - bill belichickA year or two ago, I read an article in SI  about the Belichick Collection of great football books in the U.S. Naval Academy’s football building’s lounge.  Football books from the 1891 to present.  Belichick’s dad was a coach at the Naval Academy and Bill Belichick was raised on Navy football. He used to play catch with Roger Stauback as a boy.  This is why the Naval Academy is the lucky librarians of the Belichick library of football books.

Since I love reading old football coaching books, I called the Naval Academy and ask for the complete list of books.  They were kind enough to send the list.  I thought I would share the list with you too.  Here are the first 50 football books from the collection.  If I found the book in a Google search I linked the book title to the seller. Enjoy.


Author Title Yr
49’ers Individual & Team Records ’46 1958
AFCA Guide to FB Drills 1984
Aiken HS Football 1934
Aiken Bal Carrying Made Easy 1935
Allen Com. Bk Winning FB Drills 1959
Allen New Handbook of Football Drills 1974
Allen All New FB Drills na
Anderson Make the Team in Football 1961
Anderson Great QBs NFL 1965
Anderson, Ken The Art of Quaterbacking 1984
Antonacci-Barr FB for Young Champions 1958
Asinof 7 Days to Sunday na
Ave-Beu Progress & Fund FB 1948
Bailey The “M” Book of Athletics 1947
Bailey FB at The U of Richmond 1949
Baker FB Facts & Figures 1945
Baker Do You Know Your FB? 1946
Barone Navy’s Joe Bellino 1961
Barr Pre-College FB 1939
Bateman FB Fundementals 1957
Beach/Moore Army vs. Notre Dame 1948
Beach/Moore Army-Navy 1948
Bealle Georgetown Hoyas 1947
Bealle History of FB at Harvard 1948
Bealle Gangway for Navy 1951
Bealle Kings of American FB 1952
Belichick FB Scouting Methods 1962
Bell Bowl Game Thrills 1965
Benezet 3 Yrs. FB Dartmouth 1904
Bible Championship FB 1947
Bierman Winning FB 1937
Biggs Conditioning for FB 1968
Blaik You Have to Pay the Price 1960
Bonder Fundamental Line Drills 1952
Bonder How to Successfully Coach 1958
Bracken Doak Walker 1950
Broadfield 100 Years of FB 1969
Broeg Ol’ Mizzou 1974
Brown Rockne 1931
Brown, Jim Out of Bounds 1989
Browning Bowl, Bama, Bowl 1977
Bryant Bldg. A Championship Team 1960
Buchanan Story of FB 1947
Buchanan Bowl Records ’02- 1968
Burt Hard Nose 1987
Caldwell Modern Single Wing FB 1951
Caldwell Modern FB for the Spectator 1953
Camerer Winning FB Plays 1962
Camp American Football 1891

I find a lot of my old books on eBay.com, Amazon.com, Abebooks.com and sometimes books.google.com.  Enjoy the list.

Stay tuned as I post more of the list. Page 2

Thanks,
Coach Parker

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Spread Offense – Spread Formation Football Book Review

Spread Formation Football Book Review

TCu Spread Book

Spread Offense Book - Dutch MeyerI just finished reading maybe the best Spread Offense book; Spread Formation Football by Coach LR “Dutch Meyer published in 1952.  Coach Meyer was the Head football coach at TCU in the 30s, 40’s and 50’s.  He and his staff created the original Spread Offense used today.  You can read his bio to the right.

The Spread Formation Football book outlines why the Spread Offense works and how it was effective for TCU.  Coach Dutch reviews the two base Spread formations; Basic and Normal.  Basic is a double to one side and trips to the other.  Normal moves the FB below the TB and looks like a traditional Double Double Spread.  What is interesting about this first form of Spread is that what we think of a Quarterback was really the Tailback.  The first Spread formations were what we call in the modern era Wildcat since a “true modern” QB is not used in this early variation of the Spread Offense.

Spread Formations from TCU Spread

Spread Formation Football Coach Meyer TCU

The TCU Spread Offense was a running offense but with equal parts of passing.  “The spread tailback must be a passer. As observed before, the threat of the overhead attack must be constant if the Spread attack is to operate effectively.” writes Coach Dutch in his section on the Tailback position.  The TCU Spread evolved from the wide Double Wing Offense into the Triple Wing into a passing triple and double wing.  The TCU Spread was not an Air Raid but lays the foundation for the upcoming passing revolution in modern football.

I have run variations of the Spread Formation a few youth football seasons over the last 24 seasons, when I had the right talent and skills to do it successfully.  I’ve run a Wide Double Wing in the Spin / Double Wing variation I call Speed and the Beast Jumbo is a overloaded Triple Wing Spread formation.  These Spread like formations have been effective for my youth football Offenses when I had tier 1 Speed at TB and or Wings and a very good shotgun Center.  I was not able to run Spread effectively without Speed and a great consistent Center.

In the book, Coach Meyer talks about the player profiles needed to effectively operate his TCU Spread.  First, the Tailback (Modern QB) must be rugged, fast, intelligent and a good passer.  He says the TB is the “soul” off the Offense.  Basically the TB is a stud because he  wants the TB to be a “natural runner” and a passer.  So you need a Sammy Baugh / Dak Prescott in your backfield to run the Spread effectively.  And I tend to agree.  Your QB / TB position must be a tier 1 stud to really run the Spread Offense.  He must pass and run like a man child if you want to run the Spread in youth football and for that matter in HS.

Spread Offense - TCU Spread Book

I was surprised to find out his Guards must be top linemen with serious speed to pull outside for sweeps.  “On them will depend the success or failure of almost every operation” say Coach Dutch.  He says he wants Guards that can MOVE and THINK.  Speed over strength in the Guard positions.

The FB must also be a pretty good runner for the Spread to work.  The FB is going to carry the short yardage plays.  Your Center must be a stud because sometimes he will pull.  His snaps must be perfect and know how to long snap, medium snap and short snap to the FB either Left or Right.  The Slots or Wings can be average but must be good receivers.  Tackles are basically regular tackles and the Ends must be able to block in the open field and catch the football.

The book goes over many run and passing plays from the TCU Spread against a 5 or 6 man front, which is great for youth football coaches since youth football coaches will see these fronts.  He also reviews the umbrella secondaries common for the TCU Spread at the time.

I loved the theory and strategy of the Spread Formation Football book  I think it outlines exactly what I have been saying you need to run the Spread effectively.  You must have a passing threat  to run the Spread effectively.  Just lining up in the Spread does not mean you have a passing threat.  I’ve watched a ton of youth, middle and high school football games, and the teams should never run a Spread formation the whole game since they did not have a stud QB, great pulling guard, stud FB or anyone that could catch.  There was no passing threat, so those offenses were shut down immediately by Defenses that did not respect the Spread.  I have also faced stud Spread QBs and receivers that shredded me and others for an entire season.  I have also shredded teams with my Spread when I had the talent.

Like Coach Meyer says in his final chapter, “The Spread Formation is no panacea. Football is still football and the team with the best and most skillful manpower will still have the advantage no matter what style of attack is used. As we say in the Southwest, you will have to “have the hosses” to win the race.”

If you are interested in the Spread Offense or trying to defend against the Spread Offense I recommend this book.  I enjoyed the book and the theory of the TCU Spread.  I will be using some of the info both on Defense and Offense.  The book is a little pricey since its out of publication.  I found mine on Amazon for $95.  Spread Formation Football by Coach Dutch Meyer, 1952.

Here’s a winning Extra Point from last Spring.  Enjoy

If you have read the book or run the Spread, I would love to hear your thought below in the comments.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

Thanks,
Coach Parker
Fort Worth, TX

 

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