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Smart FootballChris Brownhttp://www.amazon.com/Essential-Smart-Football-Chris-Brown/dp/1470125595This is the first book I recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about modern football, especially at the college level.www.twitter.com/smartfootball
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Take Your Eye Off the BallPat Kirwanhttp://www.amazon.com/Take-Your-Eye-Off-Ball/dp/1600783910/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424440&sr=1-1&keywords=take+your+eye+off+the+ballA bit of an intro look at times, but must-read material from former NFL scout Pat Kirwan. I've read this one a few times.https://twitter.com/PatKirwanCBS
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War RoomMichael Holleyhttp://www.amazon.com/War-Room-Belichick-Building-Perfect/dp/006208240X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424541&sr=1-1&keywords=war+room+michael+holleyAn inside look at the front offices of the Patriots, Falcons and Chiefs. A lot of Bill Belichick notes, but a good learning tool by reading what the GMs have to say.https://twitter.com/MichaelSHolley
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The GMTom Callahanhttp://www.amazon.com/GM-Inside-Story-Dream-Nightmares/dp/0307394131/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424613&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gmInside look at the Giants under Ernie Accorsi. Candid takes about scouting, team building and general football goodness.
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Next Man UpJohn Feinsteinhttp://www.amazon.com/Next-Man-Up-Behind-Todays/dp/B000Y8SDX4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424682&sr=1-1&keywords=next+man+upA great look at the 2004 Baltimore Ravens. Any time I can learn something about/from Ozzie Newsome, I'm buying.
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The BlueprintChristopher Pricehttp://www.amazon.com/Blueprint-England-Patriots-System-Superpower/dp/0312384858/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424792&sr=1-1&keywords=the+blueprint+patriotsA behind-the-scenes look at how the Patriots went from were built-up from pretender to a Super Bowl winning team. Again, when you can learn from Bill Belichick, do it.https://twitter.com/cpriceNFL
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Football Scouting MethodsSteve Belichickhttp://www.amazon.com/Football-Scouting-Methods-Steve-Belichick/dp/0978588150/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424871&sr=1-1&keywords=football+scouting+methodsWritten by Bill Belichik's dad, this is a great tool for learning how to chart games. Meant as a resource for coaches, this handbook taught me how to chart games when scouting too.
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The GeniusDavid Harrishttp://www.amazon.com/Genius-Reinvented-Football-Created-Dynasty/dp/1400066654/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376424946&sr=1-1&keywords=the+genius+bill+walshA bit out-dated, but this book goes back in time to look at how Bill Walsh built the 49ers' dynasty. It's a bit biographical, but there are amazing scouting nuggets in here too.
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The Education of a CoachDavid Halberstamhttp://www.amazon.com/Education-Coach-David-Halberstam/dp/1401308791/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376425082&sr=1-1&keywords=the+education+of+a+coachRead this because Halberstam is one of the best of our time, but also because he got a truly inside look at Bill Belichick. Again, a little biographical, but a must-read.
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Finding the Winning EdgeBill Walshhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1571671722/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1571671722&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisbrownsfo-20Ask for this for Christmas, because it's expensive, but also the best football Xs and Os book I've ever read.
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West Coast Offense Playbookunknownhttp://www.centuryinter.net/midway/chris/westcoast/wco.pdfI can't recall where I picked up this link, or who the publisher is, but if you ever wanted to digest a West Coast Offense playbook, today's your lucky day.
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Daniel Jeremiah's Scouting TermsDaniel Jeremiahhttps://www.facebook.com/notes/daniel-jeremiah/scouting-terms/452543848103860If you want to speak the language, this is a very comprehensive list of terms scouts and coaches use to describe players.https://twitter.com/MoveTheSticks
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Bill Parcells' 11 QB RulesBill Parcellshttp://billyliggett.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/bill-parcells-11-quarterback-commandments/Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells' 11 rules for scouting a quarterback.
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Scouting 101 seriesMyselfhttp://bleacherreport.com/articles/1686933-how-do-scouts-break-down-nfl-safety-prospectsA little self-promotion here, but this series is a look at how to scout each position with nuggets on what to look for from each spot.
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Boys Will be BoysJeff Pearlmanhttp://www.amazon.com/Boys-Will-Be-Cowboys-Dynasty/dp/0061256811/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394160062&sr=8-1&keywords=boys+will+be+boysA look at how Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones built the Cowboys' dynasty of the 90s...and how it fell apart. Good scouting lessons in here, but the stories about the team dynamic and the team's nightlife are epic.http://www.twitter.com/jeffpearlman
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The Packer WayRon Wolfhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Packer-Way-Stepping-Organization/dp/0312193122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394160077&sr=8-1&keywords=the+packer+wayThis may be my new Bible on all things scouting and team-building from one of the greats. There's good Packers history here, but the football info is amazing.
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The QBBruce Feldmanhttp://www.amazon.com/The-QB-Making-Modern-Quarterbacks/dp/0553418459A really great look at how modern QBs are built. https://twitter.com/BruceFeldmanCFB
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