Bill Simmons has some doubts about Al Saunders’ legendary playbook:
[A]llow me to be the 10,000th person to chime in on Al Saunders’ 700-page playbook. I’d like to think that I’m a relatively smart person — did well on my SATs once upon a time, haven’t had a job where I had to shower before 10:30 a.m. in my entire life, feel like I’m reasonably well-read, and so on. With that said, the thought of memorizing a 700-page playbook gives me the shakes. I don’t feel like I could do it. So how does someone like Clinton Portis or Chris Cooley pull it off? Wouldn’t there be screw-ups all the time? We’re forced to read 25 stories a day about Terrell Owens, but I’d love to read one explaining why it’s a smart idea to have a 700-page playbook. Just one.
I’ve been assuming this “700 pages” business is some kind of bullshit for much that reason; either there is not 700 page playbook or else there’s some kind of counting trick happening here.