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QBs, O-linemen have the most to learn

Think football players are dumb jocks? You might feel differently after trying to decipher an NFL playbook, Liz Merrill writes.

Originally Published: August 29, 2007
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

"Remember, don't panic."

The line comes at about the midway point of the 2004 Arizona Cardinals offensive playbook, in a section of two-minute drill coaching points. It says the quarterback needs to be aware of his situation, avoid being a hero, and go to a referee standing behind him if the team needs a timeout.

To the layman, this may be the only decipherable page in 300 turns.

The 34 pinch, the 62 gap, the pinto triple. Base protections, scat protections, the ...

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