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Old 08-30-2007, 02:59 AM   #1
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ESPN: NFL Playbooks Are Sacred

Some players grasp the complexities much faster than others. Redskins backup quarterback Todd Collins, an honors student at Michigan, was called "Rain Man" by his teammates in Kansas City because he almost effortlessly knew the book forward and backward.

ESPN - Packed with info, NFL playbooks are sacred - NFL

We finally have a nickname for Collins!
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:06 AM   #2
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Knowing is one thing, executing is another. I pray "Rain Man" doesn't see the field on game day.
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Knowing is one thing, executing is another. I pray "Rain Man" doesn't see the field on game day.

I thought that he looked pretty decent with the number 1's.
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Wow that was a really good read, nice to see a in depth article about something like playbooks. Thanks SS.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:14 AM   #5
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Re: ESPN: NFL Playbooks Are Sacred

I suppose I shouldn't have excerpted the Todd Collins comment, it wasn't my intention to make this thread about Collins. I just thought it was an interesting piece on playbooks, including the pdf file of the Cardinals playbook.

And no, I don't get a commission for recommending ESPN articles to read.
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I thought that he looked pretty decent with the number 1's.
It's pre-season...and I still remember his performance from last year's pre-season.
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I suppose I shouldn't have excerpted the Todd Collins comment, it wasn't my intention to make this thread about Collins. I just thought it was an interesting piece on playbooks, including the pdf file of the Cardinals playbook.

And no, I don't get a commission for recommending ESPN articles to read.
The playbook is pretty intense, I am surprised players can understand that well.
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Good article. Definitely still preseason. I do appreciate articles like this that show mental aspects of sports and not just bling and dogfighting stories...
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very cool to see some pages from the Cardinals playbook
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:15 AM   #10
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Pete Kendall better be pulling some all nighters
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:51 AM   #11
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Excellent article.... Leinart have fun sleeping on this book
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What amazes me is the complexity of blocking schemes. The guard needs to block the numbers in this situation or the outside shoulder in that situation. We tend to think of it as "you take him, and you take the middle linebacker, and we'll push them back", but it's actually quite an intricate dance they're doing. No wondr coaches are always using the "I need to see the film" out. They really do need to see the film.
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What amazes me is the complexity of blocking schemes. The guard needs to block the numbers in this situation or the outside shoulder in that situation. We tend to think of it as "you take him, and you take the middle linebacker, and we'll push them back", but it's actually quite an intricate dance they're doing. No wondr coaches are always using the "I need to see the film" out. They really do need to see the film.
It's no wonder that offensive lineman are typically the smartest guys on the field. They really do have have a ton of responsibility, and now it's even more obvious just how tough it can be to change positions along the line.
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Wow, I think I have a new found respect for the NFL player's mental responsibilities. No wonder it has taken a fully year plus in Al's system for players to truly know their responsibilities on each play.
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It's no wonder that offensive lineman are typically the smartest guys on the field. They really do have have a ton of responsibility, and now it's even more obvious just how tough it can be to change positions along the line.
I wasn't sure if it was the current Cardinal playbook, but if it is I suspect some of those notes for offensive linemen originated with Gibbs and Bugel since Grimm is down there now. I didn't look at the whole thing but I thought I saw 20 and 30 gut.
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