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Ask Farmer: How many play in an NFL playbook, and how many do teams run in a game?

Ask Farmer: How many play in an NFL playbook, and how many do teams run in a game?

Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: sam.farmer@latimes.com

How many different plays are in a typical NFL playbook? And, in the course of a game, how many different ones will a team usually run?

--Jack Erskine, La Cañada

Farmer: Back when he was coaching, Jon Gruden had a playbook thicker than the Los Angeles Yellow Pages — remember those? — so I asked him your question. He said that while there are hundreds of plays...

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