Most Popular Books Bought by Smart Football Readers in 2013

What follows is a breakdown of the books purchased over the last year by Smart Football readers. I get very minor referral revenues from Amazon purchases and, as a result, I am able to track which books are purchased by readers. The data is entirely anonymous but it provides, in aggregate, some interesting information. (Click to enlarge the charts.)

The Most Popular Books Bought by Smart Football Readers in 2013

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Below is the same chart excluding my book, The Essential Smart Football (which you can read more about here):


And below is the full list. Note that I simply included the top books and did not include a separate “other” category.

  • IrishBarrister

    There are twice as many readers of “How to Live” by Sarah Bakewell as there are of Bill Connelly’s “Study Hall”? That is … unexpected. Probably says something positive about the readers of Smart Football, but curious nonetheless.

  • David Kilpatrick-White

    Got: RECODED AND RELOADED for Christmas from the wife and finished first breeze by next then went through for fine details last night. Below are my two cents…

    Coach Gonzalez is clearly intelligent and has some great points about attacking coverages and manipulating defenses. His original thesis, up-temp offenses faced with multiple defenses need a better system for teaching simplifying the passing game. However, after he deconstructs the issue he fails to solve it. His answer is essentially a pile of mnemonic devices that are supposed to help kids remember 100 BASE concepts (formations, motions, shifts, personnel, and plays). Gonzalez seems not to realize that there exists an exclusive choice between always having the perfect call available and having near perfect execution on a consistent basis with high school kids. Furthermore, as a teacher I would point the mnemonics and acronyms are tools to help people memorize. Gonzalez conflates this idea with teaching. Finally, one small criticism and one very large one. There are a lot of spelling errors and/or missing words I stopped counting at 25. Now for the biggest issue. Readers of RECODED AND RELOADED who have also read FROM HEADSET TO HELMET: THE R4 SYSTEM will notice Gonzalez has basically recopied and reprinted R4 as “A.C.T.S.” which stands for “Advantage, Concept, Third-Fix, Scramble” barely reworded version of “Rhythm, Read, Rush(hot), Release (from pocket)”….

    All in all a great read because there are lots of nuggets for attacking coverages, but Gonzalez doesn’t have a new method for teaching other than one he stole AND missed a chance to explain a better systematic process for high school coaches to organize their offenses.