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The Games That Changed the Game

The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays

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Professional football in the last half century has been a sport marked by relentless innovation. For fans determined to keep up with the changes that have transformed the game, close examination of the coaching footage is a must. In The Games That Changed the Game, Ron Jaworski—pro football’s #1 game-tape guru—breaks down the film from seven of the most momentous contests of the last fifty years, giving readers a drive-by-drive, play-by-play guide to the evolutionary leaps that define the modern NFL. 

From Sid Gillman’s development of the Vertical Stretch, which launched the era of wide-open passing offenses, to Bill Belichick’s daring defensive game plan in Super Bowl XXXVI, which enabled his outgunned squad to upset the heavily favored St. Louis Rams and usher in the New England Patriots dynasty, the most cutting-edge concepts come alive again through the recollections of nearly seventy coaches and players. You’ll never watch NFL football the same way again.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 23, 2010 – Jaworski, a former NFL star quarterback and analyst of Monday Night Football, with an able assist from Cosell and Plaut, of NFL Films, suggest the future of pro football was transformed by seven crucial games over 40 years. With diagramed plays and strategies, Jaworski expertly analyzes the selected gridiron contests, showing how the sport morphed through the imagination and daring of unorthodox coaching by Sid Gillman, Bud Carson, Don Coryell, Bill Walsh, Buddy Ryan, Dick LeBeau, and Bill Belichick. Jaworski stresses the strengths and weaknesses of each coach and the team he led to glory through masterful moves and countermoves in a game with masterful players and smart defenses. In the end, Jaworski sets aside his TV personality, and offers a thoughtful explication in these pages.

Customer Reviews


An in depth analysis written in a non monotonous fashion. Great for the Sunday fan or the scheme connoisseur looking to broaden his/her knowledge.

The Games That Changed The Games

Very enlightening. The way Jaws broke down each game, almost each play as a matter of fact, really brought an understanding. An understanding of how each era was changed by just one game. Or more specifically the coaches that were involved in them.
A little surprising not a mention of the Cowboys and Coach Landry. Numerous players in motion before most other teams did that. Shot gun in the mid 70's when no other teams even thought of it. The NFL installed rules about only one man in motion because the Cowboys. Coach Landry's coaching schemes of the mid 1960's through the late 1970's changed the game for ever.
I would like to think that Jaw's time with the Eagles didn't influence his feelings. But maybe it did. Overall a good read.

The Games That Changed the Game
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coaching
  • Published: Oct 05, 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 344 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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