Game Plan: A Radical Approach to Decision Making in the NFL

Cover-PriceToday I’m proud to announce the release of my new book Game Plan: A Radical Approach to Decision Making in the National Football League.  I’m calling it the ultimate book for the thinking football fan.

I could use this post to tell you all of the good things in the book, but I thought a more productive use of our time (I’m here, you’re here, it is our time after all) would be to tell you what’s in it for you.

  1. The book is super cheap.  Priced at just $0.99, you can buy the e-book for basically the cost of a song on iTunes.  But this is a full book.  It’s over 50,000 words of anecdotes, examples, stories and analysis that cover how NFL teams could improve their decision making.  At just $0.99, this book is cheap enough that you could buy it for the Kindle App on your iPhone and then just read it when you’re waiting in line at the DMV (let’s be honest here… we all know I’m talking about reading it in the john).
  2. The book will change the way that you think about the decisions that NFL teams make.  Football teams are essentially a series of decisions.  They make decisions to hire coaches, they make decisions to draft players.  Getting those decisions right is the key to winning football.  Game Plan will show you where some NFL teams are going wrong and what they need to do to right the ship.

You’re still here…  I really thought the pricing would be enough to send you over to Amazon already… ok, here’s the rest of the sell.

The key comparison I make in the book is between football coaches and poker players.  Coaches and poker players are doing the same things.  They make moves, they anticipate their opponent moves, and they try to give themselves the best chance of winning (a game of football, or a poker hand).  But the example of poker also allows us to illustrate all sorts of problems with the NFL’s current decision making structure.

If you want to understand how viewing the NFL’s coaches as poker players… or how viewing NFL scouts as doctors… or any of the other powerful analogies I make in the book… can help you understand what your team would need to do to get better, then all you have to do is spend 99 cents on Amazon.

  • Andrew

    I’ve read this book. This an easy read, but not a light read. This isn’t a criticism – it’s simply a warning to those that plan on reading a football book at the reading level of your typical The Hunger Games fan. I personally enjoyed this book from beginning to end. After reading this book, you’ll want to keep it handy as a resource/reference guide which is an added value. To oversimplify FantasyDouche’s objective: This book takes a look at NFL coaches: Why the NFL hires the coaches they hire, how their success/failures tend to contradict their paychecks and job security. The book offers examples of how other advances in organizations (Poker, Air Force, Stanford University, for example) have been affected by modern technology and how this could be applied to America’s most popular sport for its betterment.

    If the phrase “Stats are for losers” raises an eyebrow for you, this book is right in your wheelhouse.

    If you were considering spending your 99 cents on a Black Eye Peas song, this book is not for you.

    If you lose sleep over Moneyball-type algorithms running through your head as you attempt to “decipher” a winning formula for an NFL team – this book adds a piece to your puzzle.

    If you’re a Sants fan, and you have been taking antacids due to joyous anxiety when you thought Bill Parcells might be the interim coach of your team, this book is not for you (but you SHOULD read it).