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Take Your Eye Off the Ball
Take Your Eye Off the Ball

Take Your Eye Off the Ball

Playbook Edition
By Pat Kirwan, By David Seigerman, Foreword by Pete Carroll, Foreword by Bill Cowher

SPORTS & RECREATION

304 Pages, 7 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600786174

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Aug 2011)

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Overview

Today's NFL fans have more viewing options than ever before. Each and every week, football addicts plant themselves in front of big-screen, high-definition TVs and watch the game they love unfold via slow-motion replays and multiple camera angles, pausing and fast-forwarding the action on their DVRs as they please. Yet while more and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, many of them don't know exactly what they should be watching. Take Your Eye Off the Ball is not a beginner's introduction to football, nor is it a technical manual for only the most studious of fans. Instead, it clearly and simply explains the intricacies and nuances that affect the outcomes of every NFL game.

Author Biography

Pat Kirwan, one of the nation's most well-respected and popular NFL analysts, is the co-host of Movin' the Chains on Sirius NFL Radio and a featured columnist on NFL.com. Since 2003 he has been an editorial contributor to the NFL Today on CBS and makes frequent appearances on TV and radio programs across the country, including ESPN, the NFL Network, and Sporting News Radio. Prior to joining CNN/SI in 1998, Pat spent 25 years working in football, coaching at the high school and college levels before joining the New York Jets' staff as a defensive assistant coach. He eventually moved into the front office, becoming the team's Director of Player Administration. The father of three grown children, Pat lives in the New York area with his wife Janet.David Seigerman is a veteran sports journalist whose writing career began in newspapers (Newsday, Jackson Sun) and moved on to magazines (College Sports Magazine). In 1996 he moved from print to broadcast media, becoming a field producer for CNN/SI and eventually the managing editor at College Sports Television. Since 2003, he has been a freelance writer and producer, and co-wrote and co-produced the feature-length documentary, The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. He lives in Larchmont, New York, with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

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Take Your Eye Off the Ball: Playbook Edition was mentioned in the Dallas Morning News Cowboys blog.
Take Your Eye Off the Ball: Playbook Edition was featured in the Indianapolis Star.
Take Your Eye Off The Ball: Playbook Edition was featured in Randy's Radar Blog for NewYorkJets.com.
Take Your Eye Off the Ball was mentioned in an article for the Sun Sentinel.
Take Your Eye Off The Ball was mentioned on the ESPN Boston web site.
Take Your Eye Off The Ball was mentioned as a "fantastic book" on the Steelers Depot blog.

Cape Code Times calls Take Your Eye Off the Ball (Playbook Edition) by Pat Kirwan "a reference guide that will raise the football IQ of couch potatoes and wannabes alike...Read this book and you'll never see the game the same way again."

SI.com takes a closer look at Take Your Eye Off the Ball.

Press Releases

Take Your Eye Off the Ball: Playbook Edition

How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

By Pat Kirwan with David Seigerman

Forewords by Pete Carroll & Bill Cowher

 

CONTACT: Bill Ames, Independent Publishers Group, 312-337-0747, ext. 326, bames@ipgbook.com

 

Every single play in the course of a football game contains so much action most fans have no idea how to absorb it all. Traditionally, they have had no choice but to follow the ball, and in doing so they miss out on incredible examples of athleticism and strategy and gamesmanship all over the field. Not that it's limited their enjoyment of the game - football is the most popular sport in America. But imagine how much greater the fan experience would be if they could follow and appreciate all the action.

 

Take Your Eye Off The Ball: Playbook Edition by Pat Kirwan, popular analyst for NFL.com and Sirius NFL Radio, and co-author David Seigerman, makes sense of the chaos in this new expanded edition of last year's bestselling title. This updated version features even more of Kirwan's unique insight and analysis, and includes new content examining the importance of special teams, gaining competitive advantages, draft preparation and developing trends in the NFL. This edition also provides fans with more user-friendly diagrams and charts that empower them to track the action the way coaches do. Plus, it features a sturdy new binding that allows fans to use this as the workbook it was designed to be. In addition, Take Your Eye Off The Ball: Playbook Edition includes an exclusive DVD tutorial, containing nearly three hours' worth of Kirwan's football expertise.

 

Kirwan takes readers to places they've never had access to: inside the coach's mind as he prepares his weekly game plans, into the eyes of the quarterback as he reads the defense before the snap. The book and DVD explain what fans need to know to follow each position on the field and understand how off-season decisions shape a regular season roster.

 

Take Your Eye Off The Ball: Playbook Edition teaches readers how to identify all-important matchup advantages and analyze a game the way a coaching staff does. It empowers fans to:


  • Anticipate what play is about to be called
  • Analyze on their own why plays succeed or fail
  • Follow the constant chess match between offense and defense at each position
  • Understand the differences between a 3-4 and a 4-3 defensive front
  • Appreciate how innovations like the Wildcat or Fire Zone blitz catch on in the NFL

 

Take Your Eye Off The Ball: Playbook Edition is not a beginner's introduction to football, nor is it a technical coaches manual.  Instead, it clearly and simply explains the intricacies and nuances that affect the outcomes of every NFL game on any given game day. After reading it, you'll never watch football the same way again.

 

About the authors:

Pat Kirwan, one of the nation's most well-respected and popular NFL analysts, is the co-host of Movin' the Chains on Sirius NFL Radio and a featured columnist on NFL.com. Since 2003 he has been an editorial contributor to the NFL Today on CBS and makes frequent appearances on TV and radio programs across the country, including ESPN, the NFL Network, and Sporting News Radio. Prior to joining CNN/SI in 1998, Pat spent 25 years working in football, coaching at the high school and college levels before joining the New York Jets' staff as a defensive assistant coach. He eventually moved into the front office, becoming the team's Director of Player Administration. The father of three grown children, Pat lives in the New York area with his wife Janet.

 

David Seigerman is a veteran sports journalist whose writing career began in newspapers (Newsday, Jackson Sun) and moved on to magazines (College Sports Magazine). In 1996 he moved from print to broadcast media, becoming a field producer for CNN/SI and eventually the managing editor at College Sports Television. Since 2003, he has been a freelance writer and producer, and co-wrote and co-produced the feature-length documentary, The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. He lives in Larchmont, New York, with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

 

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