The coming of each new year gives us a chance to look back, and 2011 was a productive year here at Smart Football. In addition to my pieces over at Grantland, I had a number of fresh pieces here on the site. Below are links to some of the most popular pieces of 2011, in no particular order.
- Dick LeBeau, Dom Capers, and the evolution of defense.
- Why every team should install its offense in three days (and other political theories on coaching offense).
- What is the inverted veer/Dash read?
- Buddy Ryan’s “Polish Goalline” Tactic.
- Bobby Petrino’s shallow cross concept.
- Snag, stick and the importance of triangles (yes, triangles) in the passing game
- The “Diamond” formation and other mult-back pistol sets.
- Teaching a quarterback where to throw the ball – Grass, leverage, and specific defenders
- Combining quick passes, run plays and screens in the same play.
These pieces were not from 2011 but were still very popular this year:
- Breaking down Boise: How the Broncos use leverage, numbers and grass to gash the opposition.
- Understanding and attacking coverages in the passing game.
And you can go here to see the top Smart Football articles from last year.