I played football for 10 years (through HS), have read a little bit about football and have watched every Michigan football game since 1988, but when I watch a game, I pretty much derp mentally and just watch where the ball goes and look for a big hit, run or pass. My only real play calling was knowing that Lloyd would run it a couple of times and then hit a big pass on play action when he got a third down.
What do you look at during a football game and what does it mean?
Do you note the offensive personnel? (12, 21, 22, etc.) What does that mean to you?
Do you recognize the defensive front or defensive back field? Can you tell what coverage they are in?
Can you tell what blocking patterns the line is using on a play during the play? (Inside zone, outside zone)
Can you predict the play based on down/distance/score?
What are your typical pre-snap reads and in-play insights?