Patriot Reign

Author: Michael Holley

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0061749192

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 6880


When Bill Belichick arrived in New England, the Patriots were a laughingstock, an organization with a losing record and a roster of overpaid, underperforming players. So how did a head coach with a questionable record transform this team, garner three Lombardi trophies in four years, and -- with the Pats' 2005 Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles -- cement the team's place as an NFL dynasty? With unprecedented access granted by Belichick and his staff, author Michael Holley spent two years with the coach, his team, and his brain trust. Holley provides insights into how Belichick and his coaching cabinet prepare for opponents, evaluate talent, run the draft, and design their offensive and defensive schemes. Patriot Reign captures Belichick at his most candid, and what emerges is a portrait of a complicated man who is cerebral, yes, but also tough, demanding, stubborn, funny, profane, and a master strategist. Frank, uncompromising, and stunning, Patriot Reign is required reading for football fans who want to understand what makes a champion tick .

Parcells

Author: Carlo DeVito

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1617495816

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 868


In this new biography acclaimed sports historian Carlo DeVito (Wellington; Yogi; Scooter) digs deep into Bill Parcells' past to unlock the secrets of what made him who he is today, following him from his childhood, through 15 years of college coaching, to his first big chance in the pros and the year that almost broke him. With more than 3,000 interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and scores of primary resources, DeVito's book brings Parcells to life as readers have never seen him before.

Management Secrets of the New England Patriots: Achievements, personnel, teamwork, motivation, and competition

Author: James Lavin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0976203952

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 4934


Definitive account of the 2001-2004 New England Patriots. Analyzes "success factors" responsible for three Super Bowl victories in four seasons. Entertains with humorous, insightful quotations from players, coaches, executives and owners. Essential reading for fans of Bill Belichick's Patriots and anyone seeking to build a great organization. * "Lavin makes a strong... case that the Patriots 'are a better organization than they are a team.'" (Richard Sandomir, New York Times, Jan. 22, 2005) * "Whether you're a New England fan or not, you'll be fascinated by [this] intriguing new book." (John McClain, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 30, 2005) * "Lavin has melded together fascinating quotes, statistics, and revelations that keep the reader entranced throughout the 350-page tome. A wonderful opportunity to [meet] the players, characters, and team... Lavin's remarkable story provides the recipe for championship stew." (Christopher Young, Boston Phoenix, Jan. 31, 2005) * "Fascinating." (Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Feb. 5, 2005) * "An impressive look at what drives the team's success... It doesn't read like some wonkish, academic text." (Greg Gatlin, Boston Herald, Feb. 6, 2005) * "Timely, insightful book." (Peter Finney, Times-Picayune [New Orleans], Jan. 28, 2005) * "Required Reading... If the Colts, Steelers and any other NFL organization would like to get a jump on the Patriots, they should definitely pick up a copy." (Dan Pires and Steve DeCosta, Standard-Times [New Bedford, MA], Feb. 5, 2005) * "A great book. Having read and enjoyed other football-as-a-metaphor-for-life books such as The Packer Way by Ron Wolf, Winning the NFL Way by Bob LaMonte... and Think Like A Champion by Mike Shanahan, I can say that Management Secrets of the New England Patriots is as comprehensive and well-written a book as you can find on this subject. ...It was his intention to merge his studies of high-performance organizations and his obsession with his favorite team. This he has done most admirably." (Doug Farrar, Yahoo! Sports, Dec. 31, 2005) * "Intriguing and exhaustingly researched, Management Secrets of the New England Patriots succeeds at going beyond the headlines into the inner workings of the Kraft/Belichick aura. ...Much more than a look at the Patriots business acumen. Liberally infused with recollections from players, staff and opponents, Secrets will score in resounding fashion with fans of the three-time champions." (Ken Castro, Patriots Insider, Mar. 24, 2005) * "Fascinating read... Gives you a real insight into what goes on in making this franchise what they are. ...I really recommend it." (Ed Berliner, Comcast TV's Sports Pulse, Feb. 28, 2005) * "It's a fascinating read, and I'm sure every general manager and owner in the National Football League has rushed out to get it." (Jack Arute, Sirius Satellite Radio's NFL Rewind, May 8, 2005) * "Must Read... If the word 'management' in the title scares you or makes you think 'academic,' please take another look... A great read." (Stan Jaksina, PatsFans.com, May 30,2005) * "A stunning compendium on the Patriot Way." (Bob George, PatsFans.com, June 12, 2005)

Management Secrets of the New England Patriots

Author: James Lavin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0976203987

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 460

View: 7619


Definitive account of the New England Patriots. Analyzes "success factors" responsible for three Super Bowl victories in four seasons. Vol. 2 covers training, planning, collaborating, and motivating. Entertains and informs with humorous, insightful quotations from players, coaches, executives and owners. Essential for fans of Bill Belichick's Patriots and anyone building a great organization. Author earned his economics Ph.D. at Stanford, where he analyzed "high-performance work organizations" like the Patriots.

It's Better to Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness

Author: Seth Wickersham

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 163149824X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 460

View: 9534


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SPORTS ILLUSTRATED • NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR National Sports Media Association • Book of the Year Kirkus Reviews • Best Nonfiction of the Year “[H]onest, sprawling, meticulously reported, and beautifully written." —Chad Finn, Boston Globe The explosive, long-awaited account of the making of the greatest dynasty in football history—from the acclaimed ESPN reporter who has been there from the very beginning. Over two unbelievable decades, the New England Patriots were not only the NFL’s most dominant team, but also—and by far—the most secretive. How did they achieve and sustain greatness—and what were the costs? In It’s Better to Be Feared, Seth Wickersham, one of the nation’s finest investigative sportswriters, presents the definitive account of the New England Patriots dynasty, capturing the brilliance, ambition, and ruthlessness that powered it. Having covered the team since Tom Brady took over as starting quarterback in 2001, Wickersham draws on an immense range of sources, including previously confidential game plans, scouting reports, and internal studies as well as hundreds of interviews gathered over two decades—with Brady, Bill Belichick, and other players, coaches, and front office personnel—to offer a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the dynasty’s three acts: the initial burst of Super Bowls from 2001 to 2005; the plateau period, 2006 to 2014, stalked by scandal, injury, and near-misses; and the second three Super Bowl victories between 2015 and 2019, which allowed the Patriots to make their claim upon history. At every step, Wickersham demonstrates just how Belichick and Brady shaped the Patriots and reshaped the entire NFL. We are taken deep into Belichick’s tactical mind, odd work habits, and strained relationships, including his sincere but unspoken love for the players and a near fistfight with a former assistant coach. It is an illuminating depiction of a mastermind, and an organization, dedicated not only to winning but to breaking a league designed to prevent the emergence of a single, unbeatable team. Yet it is in Wickersham’s portrait of Brady—from his childhood in northern California to his challenging years at the University of Michigan to his astonishing early superstardom in the NFL—that the source of the Patriots’ sheer endurance comes into focus. Even as he navigated an improbable rise to fame, Brady was driven by a totalizing ambition to be great, not as an endpoint, but as an ever-unfolding process. Sustaining greatness, however, came with a price. Wickersham reveals, to an extent no other journalist has, the clashes among the coach, the quarterback, and the owner, Robert Kraft—conflicts that resulted in the team’s best performances but also, eventually, the dissolution of the dynasty itself. Raucous, unvarnished, and propulsive, It’s Better to Be Feared is an instant classic of American sportswriting, and an unforgettable study of what it takes to reach, and remain at, the summit of human achievement.

Bill Belichick

Author: John Fredric Evans

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 076609796X

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 5992


How is it possible that the century's most successful NFL coach conducts himself as though social media is merely a target for ridicule? While the strategies employed by this gridiron genius seemingly evolve in an eye-blink, Bill Belichick is willfully out of step with our culture. In an age of self-promotion and media manipulation, the five-time Super Bowl champion shows open disdain for reporters' microphones. Personal glory doesn't just take a backseat to team success in Foxboro; it is viewed as vanity. Scandals have convinced some that "win at any cost" is the New England Patriots' mantra, but it's undeniable that their leader instills a timeless set of values in his teams. This book shows students how Belichick's legacy was built on universally applicable principles of preparation, teamwork and adaptability. Love him or hate him, "the Hoody" has much to teach us.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: New England Patriots

Author: Sean Glennon

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1600781187

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 495


Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the New England Patriots documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Patriots highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the impressive Super Bowl seasons but also the horrendous years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.

New England Patriots

Author: Christopher Price

Publisher: MVP Books

ISBN: 1610600975

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 5807


Released in conjunction with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, this fully illustrated history of the New England Patriots celebrates the team from its origins in 1960 through its dynastic success in the new millenium. The book highlights the great players, coaches, teams, and moments that have made the Patriots one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. With chapters organized by era and articles profiling the top players and characters, New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History explores every aspect of Patriots history and traditions. Includes stats and some 200 photos.

100 Things Patriots Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Author: Donald Hubbard

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1617495654

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 9260


All sports fans want to see their team win the championship but being a fan is about more than watching your team win the big game. As part of an ongoing best selling series, "100 Things Patriots" helps New England lovers get the most out of being a fan. Get ready to enjoy your team on a new, more involved, level.