With unparalleled access to the recruits, coaches, and gurus shaping football’s future, Bruce Feldman has written a modern-day tale about the making of the next superstars in the game’s most important position: the quarterback.
In the world of modern football, with NFL teams worth more than a billion dollars, no position defines a franchise like the quarterback. The QB is the story of a year in the making of those star players, and of the most significant year in QB development in sport’s history… with the meteoric rise of various quarterback gurus finally coming to light. George Whitfield, profiled in the New Yorker and called the “Quarterback Whisperer,” gets a regular spot on ESPN’s College GameDay, Trent Dilfer, former Super Bowl quarterback, starts his own qb business, Steve Clarkson, another qb maker, gets profiled on 60 minutes, among many others. It is also the year 5’10” Russell Wilson wins the Super Bowl and for the first time in over 60 years a sub-6-foot QB, Johnny Manziel, gets drafted in the first round, forcing NFL power brokers to re-examine how they look at the position—and the game.
To tell the story of all that goes on to create the perfect quarterback, bestselling author Bruce Feldman gained unique access to "Johnny Football" (that's Johnny Manziel), George Whitfield and many other players in what has become a specialized and high-stakes business. In the past decade the boom of the private quarterback-coach business, with its pageant-world-for-boys vibe, has changed the position and the game. The QB tells the story of the interlocking paths of the most fascinating characters involved in this secretive world, examining how advanced analysis has taken root in football. Manziel’s portrait is the most intimate look at him yet, detailing all his talents and antics. His guru is a man who has come to be known for making QBsGeorge Whitfield, unparalleled in the business. And then there is Trent Dilfer, the quarterback who never could get to the superstar level, despite winning the Super Bowl. He is the Salieri to Manziel's Mozart. There is the computer/brain analysis company trying to quantify how playmakers think, the biomechanics expert who saved Drew Brees’s career, and many more fascinating behind-the-scenes looks into this world. Never before has the game so relied on the development of the quarterback. In The QB, the stories of these men illustrate how high the stakes of the quarterback’s game really are, taking readers on a compelling journey into the heart of America's beloved game.
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About the Author
BRUCE FELDMAN is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Swing Your Sword, and he is the FOX Sports senior college football columnist, giving him unparalleled access to the new generation of quarterback gurus.
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There are multiple sports internationally that are more popular than American football, but few can compete with the financial success of the National Football League (NFL) and the popularity of the game in the U.S. At the center of football's draw is the quarterback, and making it as a quarterback in the NFL is a boy's dream only few will ever realize. Bruce Feldman has written a book, "The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks" (published by Crown Archetype) that takes you behind the scenes in the NFL and reveals what it really takes to become a professional quarterback. Feldman writes, "Everything in football, of course, operates through the quarterback, now more than ever in a game that went warp speed in the twentieth century, long after it lapped baseball in popularity and meaning in American society. Therefore, there is no position in all of sports that is quite like the quarterback. Not even close. Quarterback is not only sports' most complex position but the most important to a team's success, too. It's also the hardest to evaluate." Over the past decade, a major change that has impacted football is the rise of a nearly $6 billon quarterback coaching industry. And not just for professional QBs. Now, parents of boys as young as eight years old are seeking out quarterback gurus to coach their sons. Steve Clarkson was a pioneer in the QB coaching industry, and is quoted by Feldman as saying ... "... They started to see these younger kids, and then the question became, 'How young is too young?' Well, the market has really changed, and I saw this six or seven years ago. When I first started, I usually didn't get kids till they were sophomores and juniors in high school. But now, with all of these camps and combines and things like that, for the most part, if a kid is not good enough by his junior year, it's already too late for him. And if he is good enough by his junior year, they already spend so much time traveling on that circuit, they really don't have time to train as much. So your work is really done by that point." But that's just in the initial budding development of a potential QB. Feldman introduces readers to QB experts such as Trent Dilfer and his role in the Elite 11, George Whitfield who is known as the "QB whisperer," quarterback coaching pioneer Steve Clarkson, the "mad scientist" Tom House, and others who not only work with the best of high school athletes, but delves into their work developing college level and professional QBs as well. In fact, the book offers (as touted by the publisher) "unprecedented insight into Heisman trophy winning phenom Johnny Manziel" and an "all-access look at the making of the next superstars in football's most important position ..." Feldman shares the behind-the-scenes making of QBs by detailing a recent year in football. If you're a real fan of the game and have an interest in knowing what makes a quarterback successful or not, you'll find yourself absorbed by the stories and personalities detailed in this book. It's a fun and insightful read for football fans interested in knowing more about the inner workings of the dominant position of their favorite sport. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This was my first interaction with Bruce Feldman's writings. I was super impressed with the way that this book was put together. From the title, it isn't difficult to know the subject matter of this book. It is covering the position of Quarterback. I was extremely impressed with the way that this book introduces us to often over sought industry of training the upcoming Quarterbacks for college and NFL teams. Quarterback camps and training is a $5.9 billion industry. This book is laid out in a "yearly" format. Feldman walks us through a typical year in the life of a QB coach. Not only do we get to learn about some of the greatest QB training camps, we also get a glimps into the life of some current QB's. I was super impressed with the interactions that we are able to have with multiple different QB's, coaches, and the game of Football. If you really enjoy football, you will probably enjoy this book. If you like Bruce Feldman on Fox Sports, you will probably like this book. If you are like I am, and you enjoy learning how and why things are done the way they are, you will definitely like this book