I broke down and Bought the Jets Book: Collision Low Crossers

I broke down and Bought the Jets Book:  Collision Low Crossers

So I couldn’t take it anymore.  I kept seeing comments and reviews from the new book Collision Low Crossers, the story of the 2011 Jets. I’m glad I have it on the Kindle because it seems I’m highlighting like every paragraph.  This is probably going to be a quick read as I can’t put it down.  I stopped briefly to start this post, but now I’m going to dig back in.  So far so good!

Nicholas Dawidoff was given complete access and invited by Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum to stay with the Jets all season at their facility.

It was Ryan, and the Jets general manager, Mike Tannenbaum, who invited me to spend the year with their team at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. They gave me a security code, a desk in the scouting department , a locker, and the freedom to roam.

 

Why the Book is Called Collision Low Crossers:

“Collision low crossers,” for example , was a particular favorite of mine. The phrase, virtually unknown outside the facility, was used in their playbook by Jets defensive coaches to describe players, usually linebackers, making legal contact with any potential pass receiver who was crossing the field within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Beyond five yards, collisioning someone became a penalty.

Dawidoff, Nicholas (2013-11-19). Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football (p. 8). Kindle Edition.

I didn’t even get past page eight and I found these gems:

But how a game plan came to be, what a finished plan looked like, I had no idea. I’d heard that all copies were shredded as soon as the game was over.

Dawidoff, Nicholas (2013-11-19). Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football (p. 7). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

Anthony Lynn

(The Jets running-back coach Anthony Lynn had been divorced several years earlier after an eighteen-year marriage . He is now remarried, but he told me that the biggest change he noticed during his second round of dating was that women had come to love football.)

Dawidoff, Nicholas (2013-11-19). Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football (p. 6). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

Bob Sutton

The Jets linebacker coach, Bob Sutton, compared players in their helmets and pads to armored knights on horses—“ You knew there was somebody in there but you didn’t know who the hell it was!” Sutton likewise savored the fact that, to others, a coach was “a kind of mystical person.”

Dawidoff, Nicholas (2013-11-19). Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football (p. 7). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

  • Reverend Bill

    Book is on my Christmas list. I’ve heard from clients that Dawidoff’s library lectures are well worth the time. I’m anxious to read it. I hope Santa brings it.

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      Oh it’s so excellent Bill. I can’t put it down.

  • DHOCOTT

    See Jets in Miami Dec 29… STAY WITH US!

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      Say what?

  • sb3champs

    The best Jets book of all time is SACK EXCHANGE by Greg Prato. Its the definitive oral history of the 1980′s Jets.

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      I haven’t read that one, but this one is VERY VERY good. Gives you great insight to what’s going on (sort of right now), some of the characters have moved on, but as long as Rex is still here…

      • sb3champs

        It tells the stories of the Jets players during the 80′s especially when WALT MICHAELS was stupidly fired. That team felt they would have won SBs with Walt. He was their leader. Klecko and Buttle loved him.