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Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion

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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' ...more
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Published October 11th 2005 by It Books (first published 2004)
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I'm a born and bred Boston sports fan, but mostly I'm a Patriots fan, so I found this book fascinating--although even I'll have to admit it bordered on fawning on occasion. Sportswriter Michael Holley spent two seasons "embedded" with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. He gives us a biography of Belichick from son of the football coach for the Naval Academy to winning his second Super Bowl ring in 2003. But it is still only a peak at the man under the sweatshirt with the cutoff arms. W ...more
Scott Bocchio
Probably the best football book I've ever read. Author Michael Holley gives you an inside the locker room view of how the New England Patriots became a dynasty in the 2000s. Patriot Reign is focused on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and how he developed a knack for winning game after game, with his system in New England known as The Patriot Way. In the book, the football seasons are recounted with respect to Belichick, and explanations on why he does things so very different from the rest of ...more
Owen K
In the nonfiction story Patriot Reign by Michael Holley, the story of the dominant Patriots team in the 21st century is explained. Bill Belichick is the coach of the team, and Tom Brady is the man who runs the show as the quarterback. These two would combine for three Super Bowl wins. What made it all possible were the draft picks, trades, and behind the scenes moves that helped the Patriots become a dynasty in the 21st century. A possible theme throughout the story is that you must put forth yo ...more
Patriot Reign
By: Griffin Anderson

Former Boston Globe columnist writer Michael Holley gives readers an unprecedented look at how the New England Patriots built a Championship caliber team in the early 2000’s in “Patriot Reign”
The book begins with the author giving a biography of Bill Belichick the main character and Head Coach of the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick has been known to give the media the cold shoulder so him granting Michael Holley the access he did was a bit shocking.
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Feb 09, 2014 Evan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sports
This book was published after the Patriots won their second super bowl. Hindsight being 20/20, some statements now seem out of place. Particularly, "The 2004 Patriots would have to protect their championship and their standing as one of the smartest, fairest franchises in professional sports." I just don't know about the word fairest. Anyway, I think I am too far removed from the 2001-2003 Patriots teams to really enjoy this book. It seems to be more of a book to be read in the moment. There are ...more
Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the players who Built a Champion is the story of how the New England Patriots established a dynasty in the early twenty first century. This was do to one big reason: the addtion of Bill Belichick. Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time ranking among Vince Lombardi and Jimmie Johnson. Belichick created greatness out of an underachieving football team. He helped draft Tom Brady the most efficient and accomplished quarterback of th ...more
Caden Gatherum
The story is about the New England Patriots. It was about Robert Kraft and his life long dream was to own the New England Patriots. Kraft bought the Patriots back in 1994. The main characters are Robert Kraft, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady.

The main characters in this story took a team with one of the worst records in the league and built it into one of the best teams in the NFL. The main characters ran into lots of problems, Coach Bill Parcells was a great coach but t
Sean C.
Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion
Michael Holley
272 Pages

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. How did one coach change the team from a laughing stock, into a dynasty? Bill Belichick was a fantastic coach, and when the Patriots got a new quarterback in the 6th round draft pick, picked number 199, they got more than
Alyssa Chamberlain
The nonfictional sports book, Patriot Reign by Michael Holley, is an informational book about the up and coming New England Patriots. Bill Belichick was hired to be the head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000. He took over for Pete Carroll, who was the head coach for two seasons. He had a team with a losing record and would not be expected to win a Super Bowl. The New England Patriots were a team that was full of players that did not play to their full potential and were overpaid. Bill Be ...more
Hitch a ride to one of the greatest football dynasties in NFL history. Reporter Michael Holley provides powerful insight from behind the scenes of the Patriots organization as he documents Coach Bill Bellichik's masterful overhaul of an under-achieving team, bringing three championships to the Patriots and their fans.

The front cover features a photo of Bellichik on the sidelines during a game, with his players standing behind him. This should attract any students interested in foot

In't kort: de auteur volgt het American Football-team New England Patriots (toevallig één van mijn twee favoriete teams), en meer in het bijzonder zijn coach Bill Belichick gedurende drie seizoenen. We maken het kampioenenjaar 2002 mee, het gevreesde 'season after', en het seizoen 2004, waarin de Patriots opnieuw de SuperBowl wonnen. Ondertussen krijgen we een beter beeld van de werking van een succesvol football-team, de auteur neemt ons mee achter de schermen van de draft, de contractonderhand
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This book was fine. But it suffered in comparison to Collision Low Crossers, which I read over Christmas. Is it just that the Jets are so much more insane than the Patriots that it makes for a better book? Possibly. But CLC also went much deeper into the people in the Jets organization, and at more than 600 pages still left me wanting even more. This book is basically just a straightforward recounting of the season and also a love letter to Bill and 250ish pages was plenty. And I say that as som ...more
Shaun Connor
I didn't check when this was published before I bought it so I was dissapointed to find that the "Reign" in question was only the first 2 Super Bowls. Would have been nice to read something about the whole 14 year stretch. That being said, the parts about Bellichick's draft process were fascinating. This book is worth reading for that alone.
Brianna Peterson
I semi-enjoyed this book; it had a few good stories in it, but the language. Oh my, the language. Too many F-bombs and all the other swear words on the planet. The only reason I didn't give this book more stars was because of this. Other than that, it was well written.
Seth Wallace
Great informative book and I'll read it again, but just kind of plain to read! Huge patriots fan though since I was 7
Katie Thiboutot
Must be honest, I didn't think the writing was particularly good but the subject matter saved it.
I have to imagine the author tried to have sex with Belichick. In between his words, you can clearly see the fact that he wants to make sweet, sweet love to him. That's how biased the account feels when you read it.

But, that being said, it's a pretty interesting book. Football coaching is a bit of a black box to me. I constantly wonder how certain coaches can make a team great no matter where they go. What does it? I think Belichick has been a pretty solid coach with a variety of different types
Jul 23, 2008 Russ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any sports/Patriots fan
It isn't a coincidence that the New England Patriots won three Super Bowls and continue to be successful. Bill Belichick and his coaching staff stick to specific guidelines when forming their teams each year, and the results speak for themselves. This book gets inside the war rooms in Foxboro stadium where players are drafted, signed, and cut, all to the benefit of your New England Patriots. Michael Holley was given some pretty rare access to the usually private New England Patriots, so enjoy so ...more
Read Education of a Coach first. Then read this one. Not living in New England I read some things in this book that I may have read in articles from a Boston sports page if I was there. Am always interested in how successful people deal with others and in particular their staff. This book gave a little insight into Coach Belichick's method. Also found the description of the Patriot draft system interesting. Overall well worth the read. Education of a Coach was a better book as a Belichick biogra ...more
Rodrigo Diaz
Great reading and a must read book for a Patriots fan.
Fritz Arseneau
Pretty good fluff
This is a must-read book for any New England Patriots fan who really desires to know where their favorite team came from. This book allows you to spend some time in the minds of Kraft, Belichick, Pioli, Parcells and many others. The story covers the journeys of each of the minds responsible for the championship team as they began their adventures in the world of NFL. Detailed descriptions of unforgettable games and plays that led the Patriots to a dynasty wrap any reader deep into the amazing st ...more
Nov 13, 2009 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: diehards only
Shelves: sports-fitness
Considering that Holley had unfettered access to Belichick for about a year, I found this book to be a missed opportunity. There really wasn't much more than you'd get out of Coach's press conference, which isn't saying much. If looking for a good Patriots/Belichick book, I'd reccomend The Education of a Coachby David Halberstam instead. Much more interesting and insightful.
I prefer mr. holley's sports columns from the Boston Globe. His voice is noticeably absent from the book, which may have more to do with the confines of book publishing versus having your own column. But his writing style is such a treat, that coming to this book I was disappointed by its absence. Still, he does a solid journalistic job of recounting the repercussions of being a Super Bowl Championship team.
Matthew Frets
Grade: B-

Although I did gain some insight regarding the Patriots, I felt that this was an inconsistent read. Some parts of the book were very engrossing, while others felt like they were perhaps written by someone else, as the sentences got very short and choppy. Not a recommended read unless you're a Patriot fan.
Josh Bousquet
I couldn't not enjoy this book ... it's about the Patriots winning two Super Bowls.

And it did present some behind-the-scenes vignettes that added to my knowledge of the team's run.

At the same time, though, it has no real narrative strain in it. It moves chronologically, but with no real vision beyond that.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This was a Christmas present some time ago. Upon re-read ... it seems so cheesy in its uncritical praise of the Patriots organization, and I think we can say that the love affair of non-Patriots fans with Bill Belichick is over. The only really interesting parts are the parts that deal with scouting and drafting.
It's not easy to break thru the Belichick fortifications to get a glimpse of what really goes on behind the scenes. But Michael Holley does a pretty good job in this book. It's not quite a literary work of art, but for Patriot's fans (or any diehard football fan), it's a must-read.
A fantastic inside look at one of the best-run organizations in professional sports. How are the New England Patriots more successful than virtually any other NFL team? Plus, every team has interesting characters and stories, and Michael Holley doesn't miss any of them.
Jim Bouchard
Holly is remarkable storyteller and captures the energy and spirit of the people behind the creation of a championship. These lessons are applicable whether you're building a Super Bowl contender, a state champion or a corner market.
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