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More than a Game: The Glorious Present--and the Uncertain Future--of the NFL
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More than a Game: The Glorious Present--and the Uncertain Future--of the NFL [Format Kindle]

Brian Billick , Michael MacCambridge

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Today's National Football League is more successful, more exciting, and more popular than ever. But the game in the twenty-first century is also ruled by a constant quest for more money. Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick's More Than a Game examines how the relentless competition off the field affects the game on the field, and what it means for the future of America's most popular sport.

One of the NFL's most successful leaders, Billick coached the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2007, leading his team to victory in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. With nearly two decades in the league, and now a Fox game analyst and NFL Network contributor, Billick has experienced the league's enormous pressure to win as well as seen what happens to those who don't.

Following the 2007 season, he took a step back from the coaching life and decided to spend a season examining the game he loved so much from other perspectives. Collaborating with Michael MacCambridge (whose book America's Game is regarded as the definitive modern history of the NFL), he delved into the NFL from every possible angle, spending time with people at every level of the game.

More Than a Game explains how the spectacle that dominates fall weekends in America works, and why it has served all of football's interest groups -- owners players, and fans alike -- so well over the years. We get a glimpse of the changing profile and increased influence of the league's owners. We come to better understand the pressure that players are under to perform for their team and for themselves and their future contracts. We see the challenge facing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who must balance the concerns of owners, players, sponsors, the league's television network "partners," and the fans, whose devotion and dollars make the entire enterprise possible. Along the way, we see how the financial forces are exerting themselves on every level, working their way into the essence of the game itself.

Billick takes the measure of new offensive and defensive strategies, explains refined scouting and team-building methods, and focuses on the elusive quest for the franchise quarterback that can make or break careers.

Packed with the privileged knowledge that comes from a true NFL insider, More Than a Game is more than a look inside the complex system that is pro football. It's an attempt to understand why the game is so compelling, and what it will take to keep it that way. Complete with important developments in the 2009 off-season, the book stands as an absolute must-read for NFL fans.

Biographie de l'auteur

Brian Billick spent nine seasons as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, where he led the team to a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Prior to coaching the Ravens, he served as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. In 2008, he joined Fox as a commentator and the NFL Net-work as a contributor. He lives in Maryland with his wife and family.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 244 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1439109184
  • Editeur : Scribner (8 septembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002NT3B7A
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good coaches book on NFL 17 septembre 2009
Par John - Publié sur
If you want to know what the Cover 2 defense is (and why it is a misnomer), what the zone blitz is (and why it is a misnomer), and what the term "B gap" means, you can find it all here. You can also find out what it is like to be an NFL head coach, after your team loses, and walking into work on that Monday morning ("No one smiles, the coffee doesn't taste as good", etc.). What do coaches think about ? What keeps them up at night ? What defenses in the NFL attack, and which play zone defense ? I liked the mix of history and modern football. Kind of like hanging out for 3 or 4 hours with an NFL coach, and asking him all those questions you have always wanted to ask.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice Pro-Footbal Overview 17 septembre 2009
Par Bill Russell - Publié sur
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This book is better than you think it will be, coming from another former football coach. It provides a nice overview of the sport, both on the field and off, including a good discussion of the potential labor problems on the horizon. Even for a pretty serious fan, I learned new things about the game, especially offense and defensive strategy. Not a path breaking book, but well written and entertaining. A very good primer for anyone wanting to know more about the NFL.

Billick is terrific in the booth on Fox, and shows here that he has a much better understanding of the game than most NFL coaches currently employed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Earth-Shattering, But Solid 21 juillet 2010
Par Matt Coulter - Publié sur
Written by former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick, this book is broken down into chapters that focus on specific topics: Presidents, General Managers, Coaches Quarterbacks, Offense, Defense, and so forth. Then the book ends by tying together a common thread throughout: the future of the game.

The book comes at a critical juncture for the NFL as the owners and the NFLPA attempt to renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement that has served the league well over the past decade plus. Football has never been more popular than it is today, and by and large the NFL has never made as much money as it does today.

Billick does a great job of breaking down the issues at stake in the negotiations. A lot of them are financial in nature: what percentage of revenue should go to players' salaries, what revenue streams should be counted in that calculation, how the salary cap and minimum team salaries should be determined, etc. But many of them are not financial: rules surrounding OTA's, for example. How many can teams have? How often can they have them? What types of practices can they be? What types of drills can be run? What role should the league play in post-career healthcare for players?

Outside of the CBA discussion, Billick does a fine job of showing us what it's like to be an employee of the NFL from an insider's perspective. The differences between owners, GMs and coaches... what a typical week looks like for a coach or for a player... why teams hate Thursday night games so much... how commentators overemphasize the importance of the halftime speech in the locker room (by the time everyone goes to the bathroom and gets to the locker room, there's hardly time for a speech, let alone shifting an entire game plan).

The rest of the book was decent - nothing really earth-shattering that fans wouldn't probably already know, but good stuff. For instance, he writes about the Alpha project, a team of people that were assembled a few years back to examine the possibility of extending the regular season to 18 games. Despite revealing the cool sounding codename, he doesn't give any new information about the project. Turns out the league loves it because it will make them more money but players are absolutely opposed to the idea - something we already knew.

One of the most intriguing sections of the book was toward the end when Billick throws out some pretty revolutionary ideas for additional revenue streams for the NFL. For instance, offering fans watching the games at home the chance to pay to get a live feed from the coach's mic into the quarterback's helmet. How cool would it be to know, a handful of seconds before it actually happens, what play your team is going to run? Or to hear some of the chatter a coach tells his QB? Or offering fans the chance to view the official game film online after a game is over (for an additional charge, of course). This would be the exact same game film used by teams to examine their performance, and the performances of opponents coming up on their schedule. Or, how about an addition to cable packages that allows you to watch the pregame and halftime speeches in the locker rooms, see your team in the tunnel before they run out onto the field, and other behind-the-scenes footage before, during, and after the game? I hope he's pitching these to the NFL and that they make some of them happen, because I'd probably pay for some of them.

If you're expecting truly insider information that will rock your world, this probably isn't your book. But if you just want to learn a little more about the way the NFL works, from someone who worked for the NFL, then you'll really enjoy this quick read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 In-depth and technical 22 juillet 2010
Par Peter - Publié sur
This is an interesting book.

Have always found Brian Billick to be one of the most thoughtful coaches/analysts and in this book, he gives his thoughts on the state of the game today. He discusses the coaching, the management, the NFL management, the players, the business and the future of the game.

It is perhaps not the most engrossing book I have ever read but it is interesting enough to skim through.

I wouldn't rush out to buy it but if you can get it for a good price, get it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect for a football geek 19 juillet 2010
Par Robert Neely - Publié sur
If you're a football geek, this is a must-read. Billick's book (written before the 2009 season) gives an inside look at how the league works on a day-by-day basis and what it takes to succeed. Billick then gives his thoughts on the labor strife that looms larger and larger on the NFL horizon. I found Billick's honest, insider perspective fascinating, and I felt like I knew more about the league after reading the book. Those are both good reasons to recommend this read.
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