The Birth of Football’s Modern 4-3 Defense (Rowan & Littlefield, 2014)
T. J. Troup
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Listed: Pro Football Journal Top 100, #94

The 4-3 defense evolved in the early 1950s as a way to slow down the passing attacks that had enjoyed success against five and six-man defensive fronts. TJ Troup’s book looks in detail at seven NFL seasons, from 1953-1959. Each year is broken down by team and, for each team, Troup details its coaches, personnel, strategy and looks at a key game. The result of exhaustive film analysis, this books is ideal for fans of the NFL in the 50s or those who are interested in the evolution of strategy.

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