“So…is this like a New York Giants football blog or something?”
That was the No. 1 question I fielded the most when I began working on this project about six months ago. The idea for this site was born long before then, and inspiration sprung like tiny sparks jumping off a piece of flint and into a pile of brush.
I remember a few years ago during the NFL season, I would spend my Monday mornings at my boring 9-5 desk job replaying Giants games in my head that took place the previous afternoon or evening.
I’d usually be asking myself one of the two common questions, depending on the outcome of the game: How exactly did we win? How exactly did we lose?
It was hard to figure out an exact, specific answer, but I was reminded of a valuable piece of information my high school football coach shared with me long ago. He said that if you take about three key plays in a game and turn them the other way, it’s enough to change who gets the “L” and who gets the “W.”
See, the game of football is pretty simple but it moves fast.
The average gameday broadcast spans a little over three hours. But the number of minutes that the ball is actually in play? Eleven.
That’s right…eleven minutes.
A lot different from other major sports leagues like the NBA or NHL, where the ball and players are constantly moving.
And NFL teams consistently play once per week (with the exception of bye weeks and Monday Night/Thursday Night Football scheduling).
So 11 minutes of actual gameplay and about five-to-seven days between each contest. Why do coaches and players need THAT MUCH intense preparation and study for upcoming opponents?
Because football is like a chess game—much more mental than it is physical. And mental study/preperation takes a whole lot of time.
Also, football is a team sport. Eleven guys execute a scheme to outsmart the opposing 11 men on the other side of the line of scrimmage. As I said before, the game is simple—the concept and theory are simple. But coaches and players HAVE to prepare each week by watching hours and hours of game film specific to their upcoming opponent.
You ever see pictures of Peyton Manning throughout the years?
Some people joke that his forehead has gotten bigger and bigger after each season. I don’t know whether that’s true or if it’s purely biological, but if so, it could be because of the amount of football knowledge that rests up there.
His head is literally filled with hundreds of thousands of hours of game film.
You can argue whether he is the best quarterback who has ever played the game of football, but you’d be hard pressed to find another athlete in any sport who prepared better than he did.
Oh, and please forgive me for my long Matthew-Berry-like preamble (and for the record, I love Berry as an analyst, I’m just not as good a writer to pull off what he does); but I promise I’m just about to get to my point about why Big Blue Audible is necessary.
Because I—like some of you football fans out there—had a coach’s mentality instilled in me when I first fell in love with the game at seven years old, I always had the desire to understand exactly WHY and HOW things unfolded the way they did on the gridiron.
“How did the defense disguise itself?”
“Did the quarterback look off the safety before committing to the post route?”
“What about the route combinations? Did something free up underneath or across the field? Down the sideline maybe?”
“What exactly is the defense doing? Why go with the ‘nickel’ package instead of the 4-3, 3-4, dime, etc. in this situation?”
So I was curious about the sport, and I want to share my learning process and make my findings public with you.
Is the purpose of this site just about analyzing game film? And why should anyone really care when we can just watch our teams each week or consume post-game recaps and then move on with our lives?
Well, if you’re like me and you have this nerve in your body that heightens your curiosity for understanding how things work, well then, think of this site as that guide.
And in terms of whether you should care or not, let me answer your question with another equally crude question: Did anyone care about Einstein’s theory of relatively other than the man himself?
Ok, ok, I’m getting waaayyy too ahead of myself, we’re just talking sports, of course, and I’m certainly no A.E.
But what I can promise to try and do is approach sports journalism (more specifically, football journalism) in a different way.
We’re just going under that scantily thin layer of information to access knowledge that we all can engage with—something that transcends the three-plus hour broadcast that consists of 95 percent commentary and commercials to help you get a better understanding of the other five percent of actual gameplay to heighten your appreciation for the sport you love.
And if nothing else, you’ll be better equipped to take on the office’s snarky sports know-it-all who watches 30 minutes of ESPN every morning, patiently sitting in the break room or by the copy machine to force his opinion on you and the rest of the employees who never once asked for it.
So, is this truly just a blog? I guess you can call it that. But one thing is for sure, it will be the best-prepared “blog” you have ever read.