The past week I’ve been going over some of the new football books on my bookshelf, and I wanted to start with this one. Stiff-Arming Football Myths.
If you’re looking for something fun to read and that makes you think about football a little beyond the kind of analysis you hear on the major networks, this is a pretty good read. Emory Hunt and the rest of the guys working on this compilation together do a great job of looking at some of the most common misconceptions about the game.
In case you’re not familiar with his work, Emory is the head of FootballGameplan.com, where he and his group of guys put out a lot of great content, including videos on football schemes and breaking down draft prospects.
The book is available here in paperback and PDF versions, so you can get a copy right away in your inbox.
Without giving too much away, I wanted to go over a few of my favorite things from the book. Below are three of the most interesting football myths in the book
Myth #22 – “Wonderlic Scores Determine Performance”
With as much talk about the Wonderlic test we usually hear this time of year, it’s important to remember that it’s completely hit or miss with this statistic. Every year we hear of some QB prospect scoring high on the test, which is supposed to translate well to the football field. The latest example is Jameis Winston, who is said to have scored just below Peyton Manning on the scale (For some reason people are surprised that a very successful college QB has a good amount of intelligence). The book makes a successful case that the Wonderlic is nothing more than another empty talking point used to fill up time on ESPN in between highlights. » Read more