Friday, February 4, 2022

Review of "Defensive Football," by Dick Anderson & Nick Buoniconti

 Review of

Defensive Football, by Dick Anderson & Nick Buoniconti

Five out of five stars

Solid fundamentals from two stars

 Nick Buoniconti is in the pro football Hall of Fame and Dick Anderson is in the College Football Hall of Fame, so both had illustrious careers. They were also members of the famous Miami Dolphins “No-Name Defense” that led the Dolphins to an undefeated season. It was the defense that led the way to victory in Super Bowl VII.

 This book is a description of the fundamentals of defensive football as practiced by the Dolphins. Their pass defense was almost exclusively a zone, so the emphasis is on how to do that well. Buoniconti covers the actions of the linemen and linebackers, while Anderson covers the safeties and cornerbacks. Since Anderson was also a punter and punt returner, he covers those two areas as well.

 Since the emphasis is on fundamentals of how to move and react, the information is still valid in the modern game. Defensive players still need to establish an edge on a wide running play, drop back quickly and read the actions of the offensive players and work as a team to stop whatever play is being run.

 Two of the best at their positions in one of the best defenses of all time, Anderson and Buoniconti explain in simple language how to play defense and have that side of the ball make your team a winner.

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