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Football Coaching Books – Belichick Collection 2

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This is the 2nd post in the Belichick Collection of football coaching books.  The Naval Academy was kind of enough to send me the list of his football books in the collection on campus.  Coach B’s dad coached for the Academy so they were lucky enough to house his collection of some of the best coaching books on football.  

The Belichick Collection contains some of the best American football coaching books ever published.  These great football coaching books have some of the top football coaching strategies from decades past to the birth of football. 

Here are the second 50 football books from the collection. You can find the first 50 in the list here. If I found the book in a Google search I linked the book title to the seller. Enjoy.

CampFootball1896
CampBook of Football1910
CampFB without a Coach1920
CarsonPoint of Attack- Defense Strikes Back1987
CavanaughInside Football1919
Cenbaro20 Years of Cleveland Browns1966
CFLFacts, Figures & Records1985
ChadwickThe Winning Touchdown1911
ChristmanSecrets in Passing1948
ChurchUniversity Football1893
ClaassenEncyclopedia of FB1960
Clark, PotsyFB Players & Fans1935
ClaryArmy-Navy 70 Years of FB Rivalry1965
ClaryPro FB Great Moments1976
ClaryPaul Brown Story1979
ClaryPro FB Great Moments1981
CobbGo Gators1966
CohaneGridiron Grenadiers1948
CohaneYale Football Story1951
CohaneBypaths of Glory1963
CohaneGreat College Coaches 20’s & 30’s1973
ConerlyThe Forward Pass1960
Cooke Better FB for Boys1958
CoryellWin With Honor1976
CrislerPractical Football1934
CrislerModern Football1949
CurranThe $400,000 QB1965
CurranPro FB’s Rag Days1969
DaGrosaFunctional FB1946
DaleyPro FB Hall of Fame1963
DalyAmer. FB How to Play It1921
DalyKnute Rockne1960
DanzigHistory of America FB1956
DanzigOh, How they Played Game1971
DaughertyFirst & Ten1961
Davis FB Americ. InterCol Game1911
Davis, JeffPapa Bear1941
DickeyBill Walsh Bldg Champ1980
DoddDodd on Football1954
DoraisForward Pass & Defense192?
DudleyHow Pros Play Game1964
EdsonBlack Knights of West Point1954
EdwardsFootball Days1916
EisenbergCotton Bowl Days1997
EllisonRun & Shoot FB Offense of the Future1965
EngemanAnnapolis, Life of a Midshipman1965
EnglandT Formation From A-Z1952
EplerSix Man Football1938
Evans50 Years of FB @ Syracuse University1939
EvanshevskiScoring Power with the Winged T1957

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.

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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