Matt Bowen played defensive back for seven seasons in the NFL (2000-2006) with the Rams, Packers, Redskins and Bills. A sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2000, Bowen won the Carroll Rosenbloom Award given each season to the team's Rookie of the Year. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Iowa and a masters degree in writing and publishing from DePaul University in Chicago. Bowen's writing background includes the Washington Times, Pro Football Weekly, Washington Examiner, Chicago Sun-Times, National Football Post, Chicago Tribune and ESPN Insider. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and four sons.
I'm a Bears fans so, I've been following your material for a long time from 670 the score to the BR. Just wanted to let you know you put out great material. I think a great segment for you would be ask Matt football related questions.
Matt - First of all, I love your writing. Not just as a Rams fan, but as a fan of all football, especially the strategic aspect of the game.
However: While it's great to see your analyses of various routes versus various coverages, I'd like to see more on how defenses match up to run plays. For example, why would a power play work better than a counter against Cover (X). Just saying, it would be very interesting!
I appreciate the effort that goes into the NFL 101 articles. I've been watching the NFL regularly since 1977 and thought I knew the game pretty well. I'm embarrassed to admit that I find the articles very difficult to follow and comprehend.
Perhaps they could be presented in a video format with a voice-over instead of in writing?
I think the NFL does a good job with their NFL-360.com website in introducing the basics of the game to a new audience by way of a series of short videos. If the same format were used to present the more advanced ideas in your NFL 101 series I think it would be very effective.
I agree, with one of the other posters here; as it stands it is more like NFL 401 than 101 but I think some of the reason for the difficulty is simply the text-based presentation.
I appreciate the effort that goes into the NFL 101 articles. I've been watching the NFL regularly since 1977 and thought I knew that game pretty well. I'm embarrassed to admit that I find the articles very difficult to follow and comprehend. Perhaps they could be presented in a video tutorial format with a voice over instead of in writing?
Just read your story on being on the road for the training camps. I didn't know they had moved WIU to the west of the Mississippi. That would put it in Iowa or Missouri... ;-)
The Cowboys need a coordinater like you lol.
Matt you really should get into coaching. The players are missing out on the knowledge that you have on and off the field. Thanks for the great insight into a game I really love.
I agree with Don W. Your NFL 101 series is like looking into a playbook but with pictures and detailed information. I wish my old playbook looked like this.
If you make a book on your NFL 101 Series sign me up for several copies. They are outstanding and informative. The mental part of football that I loved when I played and still do now!
I really appreciate the NFL 101 series. I've never played the game and have taught myself much about the game by reading articles such as these and dedicated watching of all things NFL. I wish that there was a link or page dedicated to all of the articles for easier access. As it stands, i'm stuck searching through the archives to see what I've missed. Thanks for the articles!