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
It is also worth mentioning that the early chapter(s) capture the same ground as The Education of a Coach though in signific ...more
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.
This bo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.