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Next Man Up by John Feinstein
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Sep 09, 09

Read in September, 2009

The problem with this book is that Feinstein gets great access, but he doesn't ever write anything that that might be even vaguely derogatory about the club. When a player is confronted by a teammate about showing up to practice with booze on his breath, that's it -- no indication of more problems under the surface. When a star player quits on the team? A quick afterthought of how he hangs his head on the bench. While I wasn't looking for a tell-all of the season, I got the clear indication that Feinstein was writing the book the NFL wanted to read, not what I wanted to read. However, the interactions between coaches and the front office were interesting.
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