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Understanding The Game: The Mile High Report Way (+Poll)


The game of football is simple. It's no more complex than the Unified Field Theory or the biological functions of the brain. Simple.

To help us each understand the game better, we come to the Mile High Report and share our knowledge. We post, we comment, we rant, we rec; in the end we all grow a little smarter. However, not all information is created equal.

Some of us have unique experiences, philosophies, or backgrounds that make us more qualified to educate. Some of us are doctors, lawyers, statisticians, coaches, business executives, professors, or historians. Whatever his or her credentials are, some posts stand above the rest as educational resources.

The sheer amount of information on MHR can become overwhelming. Sometimes we need a path to find our way through. After reviewing thousands of MHR posts, I've broken down the game into six basic areas: The OffenceThe DefenseSpecial TeamsThe Off SeasonThe Numbers, and The Business. And even though John Bena has specifically requested that people not create posts with just a series of links, I hope that this exception gives authority to the rule. Hell, John alone has posted 2,841 posts! 

Understanding the Game: The Mile High Report Way - Vol. 1, is an attempt to boil down the best posts about the game of football, into one linked location.

To make this as timeless as possible, I have tried to find educational articles that are either more general or cover larger periods of time. To farther narrow down this MHR reference guide, I have not included posts specifically about the Denver Broncos unless the analysis deepens our understanding of the entire sport. While there are thousands of great articles that review highly specific players, games, news events, etc. -- this post is about the forest, not the trees.

 

The Offence

Football University - What is WCO, spread, and Coryell?
http://www.milehighreport.com/2008/2/23/192226/243

Tales of Mythology - The Myths of the West Coast Offense
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/8/29/1005907/tales-of-mythology-the-myths-of

The Shotgun, the Spread, and The Broncos - Part I
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/8/4/977616/the-shotgun-the-spread-and-the

Understanding the Wildcat
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/11/23/1171317/understanding-the-wildcat

MHR University - The 4-4 formation, and Wildhorse (Wildcat) References
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/10/24/1098874/mhr-university-the-4-4-formation

Understand the Passing Game in the NFL
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/11/17/1162288/understand-the-passing-game-in-the

Answers in Search of a Question: Meaningful Descriptor or Useless Label?
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/4/29/1409863/answers-in-search-of-a-question

Quarterbacks (A Non-Draft Related Post)
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/2/10/1305418/quarterbacks-a-non-draft-related

Tales of Mythology III - The Myth of Mobility and the Quarterback
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/7/10/928169/tales-of-mythology-iii

Answers in Search of a Question: The Myth of the Long Ball
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/2/19/1315103/answers-in-search-of-a-question

Understanding the NFL Running Game
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/11/18/1163298/understanding-the-nfl-running-game

The Future of the Running Game
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/8/13/982456/the-future-of-the-running-game

Tales of Mythology Part 1 - The Mystery of the Running Game
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/6/19/899228/tales-of-mythology-part-1-the

Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and the Rise of the Left Tackle
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/5/27/886729/bill-walsh-bill-parcells-and-the

MHR University - Zone Blocking
http://www.milehighreport.com/2008/3/16/1806/32490

MHR University - FB programs versus Singleback Programs (and a shocking conclusion
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/2/5/1296596/mhr-university-fb-programs-versus

MHR University - Offensive Line "gap blocking", running terms, and other thought
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/1/30/1282956/mhr-university-offensive-line-gap

MHR University - Weighted Formations
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/19/1378982/mhr-university-weighted-formations

 

The Defense

Football University - Defensive Theory
http://www.milehighreport.com/2008/2/4/163724/4628

MHR University - Modern 3-4 Defense Systems
http://www.milehighreport.com/2008/5/7/481970/mhr-university-modern-3-4

MHR University - The 3-4; Red-Zone Adjustments
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/5/11/871098/mhr-university-the-3-4-redzone

MHR University - 3-4: Position Responsibilities and Blocking Theory (Part One
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/1/31/742145/mhr-university-3-4-positio

MHR University - The Denver Broncos 5-2 Formation
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/9/2/1010580/mhr-university-the-denver-broncos

5-2 Defenses, Hybrids and the Future
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/5/29/892942/5-2-defenses-hybrids-and-the-future

MHRl University - Cover Two Systems
http://www.milehighreport.com/2008/5/1/471194/football-university-cover 

MHR University - The Nickel Formations
http://www.milehighreport.com/2008/5/12/508021/mhr-university-the-nickle 

Understanding the Zone Blitz
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/11/28/1177216/understanding-the-zone-blitz

Tales of Mythology II - The Myth of the Short Cornerback
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/6/26/919613/tales-of-mythology-ii

 

Special Teams

Special Team's - The Punting Unit
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/2/9/1303319/special-teams-the-punting-unit

ST's- The Kickoff Coverage Unit
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/8/1363617/sts-the-kickoff-coverage-unit

ST's-The Punt Return
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/18/1379497/sts-the-punt-return

The Dude Abides.....The Historical Importance of Field Position
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/5/3/862639/the-dude-abides-the-historical

 

The Off Season

Draft Theories and Systems I - General Theory
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/4/18/1429593/draft-theories-and-systems-i

Draft Theory II - A New Trend?
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/4/19/1430981/draft-theory-ii-a-new-trend

Zen and the Art of Draft Evaluation
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/6/11/901832/zen-and-the-art-of-draft-evaluation

The NFL Draft - A Little Less Crapshoot, A Little More Blackjack
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/24/1386838/the-nfl-draft-a-little-less

The Loser's Curse and the NFL Draft
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/10/1363692/the-losers-curse-and-the-nfl-draft

MHR Draft Resources -- Know Your NFL Combine
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/2/20/759428/know-your-nfl-combine-mhr

Understanding Drafting the Quarterback Position
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/6/1360229/understanding-drafting-the

A Stop Watch, A Scale, and a Prayer - Drafting a Running Bac
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/31/1396155/a-stop-watch-a-scale-and-a-prayer

Off-season Workouts and OTA's
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/31/1399842/off-season-workouts-and-otas

 

The Numbers

The Dude Abides...Turnover Margin and Winning Percentage
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/10/30/1108321/the-dude-abides-turnover-margin

The Dude Abides...a 2008 Lesson in Field Position, Time of Possession, & Turnover
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/5/24/885361/the-dude-abides-a-2008-lessson-in

Who Got Lucky This Year? A Dash of Clint Eastwood, A Pinch of High-School Geometry
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/1/10/1235960/who-got-lucky-this-year-a-dash-of

Never Tell Me the Odds: The Strange Example of Pulaski Academy (Amended)
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/4/12/1414920/never-tell-me-the-odds-the-strange

Answers in Search of a Question: Fast Track to the Super Bowl (The Sequel)
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/8/1335014/answers-in-search-of-a-question

 

The Business

Definitive Guide to Free Agency and the CBA
http://www.milehighreport.com/2010/3/4/1356629/definitive-guide-to-free-agency

A New CBA - Part 1
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/10/22/1096548/a-new-cba-part-1

A New CBA - Part 2
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/10/23/1098467/a-new-cba-part-2

THE CBA Part 3
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/10/29/1107223/the-cba-part-3

THE SALARY CAP
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/8/5/979111/the-salary-cap

Roster Rules
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/7/25/962855/roster-rules

The Practice Squad
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/7/21/957425/the-practice-squad

Franchise Me
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/7/17/953377/franchise-me

Injuries and the NFL
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/11/29/1176582/injuries-and-the-nfl

** This is the first volume of Understanding the Game: The Mile High Report Way. While I've done my best to bring together the "best" MHR educational posts about the game, I'm sure I have missed some or over promoted others. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. What posts have helped you better understand the game? What posts do you think should be on this list? What posts should be removed?

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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