As many of you know, and as I have openly and freely admitted, I am a huge fan of the team and the game, but not knowledgeable enough to really engage in discussions about which offensive/defensive scheme to use, which coach to hire, or what player would make a great [insert position here].
I'm usually more observant than those who I attend or watch games with when it comes to anticipating when or why a penalty flag is thrown or whether a play is destined to be busted up. But other than that, I generally do what I suspect most do, and follow the ball as it's snapped, thrown/handed off, and run down the field.
This summer, in anticipation of being a smarter contributor to this board come next season, I'd like to study up a bit more on the game. I suspect it would be a mixture of reading books ("Football for I'm-Not-Quite-A-Dummy"?) and watching explanatory film. I suppose I could even dust off our XBox and try to play a few games on it, but I am easily frustrated by losing so can't do it when my husband's around!
Short of heading over to Cal and parking myself in Coach Tedford's office, or seeing if Al would let me into his crypt over there in Oakland, I was hoping that readers on this board might have some ideas that would improve my football IQ without going overboard.
I realize that a lot of the nuance is learned by actually playing the game (which I don't think I'll be able to do at this point), and I also realize that I won't learn it all in a few short months. So if I had to choose a focus, it would be the systems run by the Colts and the California Golden Bears. Your guidance is much appreciated - thanks!