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Football’s Most Dangerous Play

2 Feb

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Its origins are found on the hard courts of basketball; its strategy based on the simple mathematics of the 2-on-1 fast-break.  Football’s most dangerous play was first conceived by Dan Faurot back in the 40’s while watching a game of round ball.

What he saw was that, in a 2-on-1 fast-break, the lone defender was placed in a no-win situation.  He had to make a split-second decision who to defend to prevent a score: either the ball handler or his teammate running along side but some distance from him.

Spacing, Faurot noted, was critical.

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