American Football 1921

American Football 1921

Smashmouth Football.   That term came from the way the game of American Football was coached and played at the end of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century. This book was written by Charles Dudley Daly who played Quarterback at Harvard 1898 - 1900. He then transferred to West Point and played Quarterback there in 1901 and 1902.  In 1907 he became an assistant coach at Harvard and in 1913 he was hired as the head coach at West Point where he coached until 1922.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

    Coach Daly compared the game of football to war and that's how he played and coached the game. Almost all of the well-known, best coaches of the time, used the principles in training and game planning as Coach Daly describes in this book: 

    "The defensive line man may take a low position inside his opponent and make a straight charge with one hand on the throat and the other on the face, thus moving the opponent by steering his head. Or he may, in charging, step to the outside, striking a blow on the side of the opponent's head."   Charles Dudley Daly

 

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