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The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
For years, the New England Patriots were a certifiable joke of a franchise. They were run on the cheap and were once the very example of how not to manage a team. They hired inept coaches---one of whom (Clive Rush) was nearly electrocuted when he grabbed a microphone at his introductory press conference. In 1968 their scouting director, Ed McKeever, suggested they draft a ...more
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Published November 5th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published October 16th 2007)
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C Baker
Nov 01, 2014 C Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book lays out the reason the New England Patriots have been able to sustain a high level of excellence over the past seven years in an era of salary cap limitations that aggressively promotes parity. Despite this, the Patriots have appeared in four of the last seven Super Bowls, winning three of them. This year they posted an 18-0 record before being defeated in Super Bowl XLII 17-14 by the New York Giants in a rather poorly played game on the Patriot's part.

How do they do it?

First, Robert
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Nathan Cordero
Sep 22, 2010 Nathan Cordero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has told me a lot about the football organization the New England Patriots. The rise to success of where the Patriots are now wasn't so easy to get to. There were many bumps in the road to get where they are today. Being a Patriot fan wasn't easy from about 1960-2000. During this time frame the Patriots didn't win a single super bowl. It wasn't because they were a bad football team. In the 60's there wasn't much success at all but that changed in the 70's. During the 70's they were a g ...more
Harry K
Jan 13, 2015 Harry K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book, The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower, by Christopher Price was very informative. The Patriots in the book are the opposite of the Denver Broncos of today in a way. The Broncos got top of the line free agents such as Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, and Peyton Manning. The Patriots, on the other hand, only went out and got quality veteran free agents toward the end of the players’ careers. The writing ...more
David Roche
Not badly written. Just horribly edited. Was it edited at all? I'm always stunned when I buy a book or get one from the library and find a ton of grammatical mistakes, typos and words omitted from sentences. These are professionals, aren't they?
At one point there were quotes from Bill Belicheck. And two paragraphs later, almost the exact same quote. Shouldn't someone have caught this.

It's not a bad book. But it doesn't cover much of what I didn't already know. And there are NO new interviews; j
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Brett
Feb 02, 2008 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A workmanlike account of the New England Patriots' rise to football greatness written by the Sports reporter for the Boston Metro (who knew such an august paper of record even had a sports reporter?). One for the Belichick is a genius crowd.
Jim Bouchard
Dec 31, 2010 Jim Bouchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that really helps apply the lessons of sports to business and real life. After all, pro-football is big business; but it requires some translation to get to the lesson and this book does a great job of it!
Jeff Raymond
Marketed as Moneyball for NFL fans, it's more of a neat history of the Pats with some interesting, but not relevatory, information on how the Pats do business now. Probably not a great read for someone who follows the team closely.
Erin
Jan 03, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love the Patriots and are interested in learning about how they pick their players, management, front adm. staff this book is for you. It also tells the ridiculous history of the Patriot's organization.
Gary
Feb 24, 2009 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must for a Pats fan...It give a great insight into Belichek's philosophy on building a TEAM not just compiling a collection of players...It really does explain the patriots dynasty.
Mike
If I read this book before Patriot Reign, I would have loved it but it was a repeat of Patriot Reign and Tales from the Patriot Sidelines.
Wallyts
meh.
some good stuff, but it dragged out.
not much insight into team building rather than talking about it over and over.
Shelley Sherman
Jan 24, 2008 Shelley Sherman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book for me, a PATRIOT fan!! (especially during their rotten years)
Matt Quesenberry
Probably one of the better books out there on the New England Dynasty.
Molly
Jun 07, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've seen an advance copy, and man it is going to take the world by storm!!!
Ja
Jul 11, 2012 Ja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as it should have been.
Sean
May 04, 2010 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A rehash of other books....
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