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Return to Book Page. By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Equal parts Paper Lion, Moneyball, Friday Night Lights, and The Office, this absorbing, funny, and vivid narrative gets to the heart of a massive and stressful collective endeavor. Here is football in many faces: the polarizing, brilliant, a By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language.
Here is football in many faces: the polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach; the general manager, whose job is to support and suppress the irrepressible coach; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; and of course the players. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and a well-read nose tackle-they make up a strange and complex family. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike in a book about football that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Collision Low Crossers , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Collision Low Crossers. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 23, victor harris rated it it was amazing.
An excellent in depth look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the New York Jets during the season, with a concluding section that takes readers through the Tebow fiasco in the subsequent season. This was a little heavy on the Rex Ryan worship but seems balanced in the rest of its coverage. What I found striking is how Ryan as head coach had so little to do with the actual game preparations and game management.
He serves as more carnival barker than hands-on director. The commentary and An excellent in depth look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the New York Jets during the season, with a concluding section that takes readers through the Tebow fiasco in the subsequent season.
The commentary and excerpts give an unflattering view of the juvenile Mark Sanchez and thin-skinned Antonio Cromartie; neither of whom are with the team now.
It confirms other negative portraits of players such as Santonio Holmes, who is part of the "me first" self-absorbed diva trend among NFL wide receivers. He and others made for a very dysfunctional Jets organization where players pretty much march to their own beat and management and coaches are at their mercy. Ryan plays the sympathetic father figure who tolerated it because of the " boys will be boys" attitude.
One of the major defects of this otherwise impressive account is the annoying habitual use of initials for people rather than using their real names.
Nevertheless, it is a very good detailed narrative of the intricacies of the preparation for the NFL draft and week-to-week game planning. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway!
I was very excited to share it with my Hunky Hubby! We actually read the book together and we both really enjoyed it. Although my hubby is the NFL guru in our household, I thought it would be fun to read together The author Nicholas Dawidoff had a very unique idea when coming up with this book.
Spending an entire year with the New York Jets and writing about it from the inside out was truly brilliant. Even my husband learned I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! Even my husband learned a lot about how the wheels spun from an inside look. I would recommend this book to the hardcore fans more than the casual observer. Even though I am stereotypical casual football fan, I really enjoyed reading this. Mar 04, Scott Sykes rated it really liked it. A truly engrossing portrait of what life in the NFL is like.
When first picking this book up, I thought it would be more from the players standpoint versus the coaches, but it truly was based from the coaches point of view. Seeing all the behind the scenes work that goes into an NFL team before the players hit the field truly is amazing.
The amount of work these coaches do is equally inspiring and terrifying. Nights spent at offices. Barely any days off. Missed family obligations. You truly have to be of a different ilk to be in the NFL in any capacity. Dawidoff writes not just as a fly on the wall but as someone who has been taken in as a family member of the Jets, getting both coaches and players to open up to him, truly humanizing the sport, and it's not always pretty.
When the book ends, you feel as if you too have spent a year with the Jets, feeling the ups and downs they've been through, saying goodbye to friends as they move on to different teams. It's as if you don't want the book to end, because you don't want to lose or miss that camaraderie, like the end of high school or university.
This book really proves that football is a sport like any other and can equally bring out the best and worst in people, both providing better lives to some and destroying others. But those involved in the building of a team to those who play it, and even to those who watch, wouldn't have it any other way.
Nov 22, David Miller rated it liked it. It's hard to write a thorough review of a book on here for several reasons. Most pressing currently is I'm on my phone and I would rather move on to my next book anyway. I thought this book deserved a few words though- both good and bad.
On the plus side, I have watched hundreds of nfl football games in my life and yet found myself on the Sunday just before finishing the book watching them somehow 'differently'. It's hard to finger what had changed exactly but I was paying more attention to the It's hard to write a thorough review of a book on here for several reasons. It's hard to finger what had changed exactly but I was paying more attention to the personnel groupings and the setups than before.
More appreciative of the diligent preparation required for this ballet consistent of hyper athletic , hyper aggressive , very large ballerinas. So this book definitely gave me more of an appreciation about the coaching and preparation. Unfortunately it's pages long. If I could summarize the main insight of the book in one sentence it would be 'coaching nfl football takes long long hours and endless meetings and is incredibly tedious most of the time'.
As you can imagine, pages to convince me of the tedium of nfl coaching can get.. At least it's a much quicker read. And funnier. Jan 25, Mary rated it really liked it. The big story about the NFL these days is how brutal playing the game can be on the players. The story told in this book is how brutal life off the field can be not only for the players who endure what they do on the field in return for close to zero job security and long-term prospects but also for the coaches.
The latter are the main characters in Dawidoff's book, which usefully reminds us that the 16 sixty-minute games per season 20, if you're really lucky represent only the tiniest part The big story about the NFL these days is how brutal playing the game can be on the players. The latter are the main characters in Dawidoff's book, which usefully reminds us that the 16 sixty-minute games per season 20, if you're really lucky represent only the tiniest part of a coach's life and that even the season itself is just a subset of a year in the NFL.
I've certainly heard about coaches working around the clock and sleeping in their offices while perfecting game plans and making decisions about personnel; Dawidoff's accounts of how they put together these plans and make these decisions are fascinating.
The early sections about the combine, the draft, and training camp are more interesting than the coverage of the season itself, which seems like something of a slog--a narrative echo of reality, I suspect, at least for a team whose year ends in disappointment. Jan 04, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: experienced-as-audiobook , reallypointstars.
The audiobook is great, though—the narrator has an excellent delivery and reads quotes by both black and white players believably without it being insulting. Though I cared nothing about the New York Jets before reading this, I found myself looking up some of the team members to see what they are up to now and if by some miracle any of them are still playing. It was! I kept waiting for him to say something slyly funny, based on his portrait in the book, but he did not.
There are fun tidbits here and there about other football notables, like what makes Tom Brady such a good quarterback, and good in a different way than Peyton Manning was really good.
I learned of other great players who are not household names. For instance, I had never heard of Darrelle Revis before—one of the stars of the Jets team, and a star cornerback in his own right. Dawidoff does these guys a great service by immortalizing them through narrative instead of just leaving their achievements for the football wonks to know. Maybe some readers will even go ahead and watch some of the game tape so pored over by these poor obsessed coaches!
Sure, the violence might be problematic, especially in light of recent head trauma studies. But did you see that hit in the 49ers game?! Pass the bean dip. The allure of the N. It is an instant classic of the genre. The Jets use the phrase to describe linebackers whose job it is to smash opposing receivers as they cross the field 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. An accomplished author and magazine writer, Dawidoff was given vast entree to the Jets facilities in Florham Park, N.
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football
COLLISION LOW CROSSERS
They have to look at the film. What appears to be an obvious mistake might actually be a scapegoat for a bigger error obscured in the scrum. We howl and point fingers, unconcerned about the relevant information we have no way of knowing. Just the scoreboard. Without 18 hours a day to reverse engineer each play into its component parts, the results have to suffice as a means of evaluation. Even though it is whether you win or lose that ultimately matters, how a football team is built provokes more curiosity than the process of tightening the bolts on a new Toyota. He wanted to pierce the myth and mystery surrounding the sport that has long since displaced baseball as the national pastime but remains almost impenetrable.
What I’m Reading: Collision Low Crossers, Nicholas Dawidoff