“A deeply reported, thoroughly engaging look at what it takes to succeed in the NFL.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Crisply written, the story moves along like a two-minute drill. It also sparkles with interesting anecdotes and tidbits….WAR ROOM is a lively, fast-paced insider’s account that will please ardent and casual fans alike.” (Boston Globe)
“WAR ROOM is going to take you into the inner world of pro football. I recommend it highly.” (Peter King, Sports Illustrated)
“The ultimate book for pro football geeks.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Fans will want to read how Belichick transformed the once-lackluster Patriots into the mostsuccessful franchise of the past decade, which Holley explains in an engaging chronological narrative.” (Booklist)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Bill Belichick is one of the titans of today’s game of football. Now, sports commentator and bestselling author Michael Holley follows three NFL teams—the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and Atlanta Falcons—from training camp 2010 through the Super Bowl and into the April draft, opening a new window into Belichick’s influence on the game. This one-of-a-kind exploration takes football fans behind the scenes of the most popular sport in America, with unprecedented insider access to the head coaches, scouts, trainers, and players who make the game what it is—including new insights from Bill Parcells, Todd and Dick Haley, and Belichick himself. For true fans of the game, and for readers of Badasses, Patriot Reign, and Boys Will Be Boys, Holley’s War Room is not to be missed.
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More about the people than the process20 novembre 2011
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The war room is the NFL nickname for the draft room: where the decision-makers sit during the NFL draft when they pick the college players that are the lifeblood of the team. This book follows three of those decision-makers: Bill Belichick, coach of the Patriots; Scott Pioli, who was the general manager of the Patriots during their championship run and now GM of the Chiefs; and Tom Dimitroff, the director of college scouting for the Patriots and now GM of the Falcons.
The book is a combination of reporting on the lives and relationships between these men, a summary of the Patriots' long run (which is familiar to anyone who follows the team or read a number of other books, including Holley's), and analysis of the team building process. I bought this hoping for a lot of the latter, and there were some interesting anecdotes, but was slightly disappointed by the lack of depth of analysis.
Holley does describe how Bill Belichick establishes a system where potential draft picks are always viewed in context of who they can replace on the current team, and how he uses his job security to often trade this year's draft picks to desperate teams for significantly higher picks in subsequent years. But he omits any discussion of the salary cap, which is a key constraint in building teams in the modern NFL, and the relative talent to value ratio of high draft picks (high draft picks are often carry such expensive contracts that they cripple their team financially). He doesn't talk much about free agency: how did they decide who to sign, who to extend, who to trade, and who to let go - and for how much money? He also mischaracterizes the Patriots' trade for Wes Welker as the Patriots having "cajoled, sweet-talked, and seduced" the Dolphins to part with him. The correct story was that he was a restricted free agent that the Dolphins had failed to properly value and protect, and the Patriots were going to sign him with a "poison-pill" offer which forced a trade. Maybe a relatively small point but not something a longtime Patriots follower like Holley should miss.
The book gets better near the end, as Holley got more real-time access to Belichick, and Pioli and Dimitroff after they left the Patriots. Probably the best discussion is of Dimitroff's big trade for Julio Jones. He sits in on a good conversation between Pioli and Dimitroff. There is some other new information that I hadn't heard before, like Belichick making the call on Laurence Maroney and Chad Jackson (both busts) over the objections of much of his staff. It was also interesting to get a glimpse of the human side of these men. Overall, there was enough good stuff that I felt the book was worth it, even with some shortcomings.
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Why the Infernal Patriots Are So Good24 novembre 2011
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If you are a fan of an NFL team, not the NE Patriots, this book is a bit of a nightmare. Want to know why they are so good so often? This is Holley's second book on the Patriots (Patriot Reign). That and, The Blueprint by Christopher Price are the best books on the topic.
Holley has updated his first book by focusing on Belichick's growing network of front office assistants. The author manages to get busy sports executives to tell tales out of school. Scott Pioli, now with the Chiefs, and Thomas Dimitroff, now in Atlanta, provide quite a bit of detail on how the Kraft-Belichick system works.
Very readable. What is amazing is that they planned it after the first super bowl and they know how to make it work. The war room of course is the NFL draft each team prepares for. The Patriots use free agents and draft picks to good result. The team is constantly being rebuilt. Planning starts in the front office and moves to the coaches, players and the field.
Unless Kraft, Belichick and Brady all retire to take up falconry, this may go on for awhile.
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Best Inside the NFL Book in Print24 novembre 2011
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Michael Holley's WAR ROOM is an expansion of his 2004 best-seller, PATRIOT REIGN. Focusing upon Bill Belichick, Tom Dimitroff, and Scott Pioli, Holley presents the thinking of the Patriots, Falcolns, and Chiefs front offices leading up to and through the 2011 draft. The access Holley obtains is unbelievable. Belichick, Dimitroff and Pioli tell him everything, and the result is the best book ever written on how NFL front offices work.
Belichick is the master, the man who gave both Dimitroff and Pioli their starts in the early 90s in Cleveland. As closed as he is with the media post-game, Belichick is as open with Holley. Holley concludes that Belichick takes a GODFATHER like approach, its not personal its business, but without the dead heart of Michael Corleone. The secret to Belichick's drafting approach is stolen from Jimmie Johnson. Put on a list the 25 players you want on your team regardless of what their potential draft position might be. Stick to that list, and then be patient.
Pioli is the perpetual PH D type, poor, driven and hungry. He never forgots where he has come from and is always thankful for what he has been given. The book goes in depth into his move from the Patriots to the Chiefs and his transformation of the Chiefs operation. Everyone loves Pioli in the NFL, and Holley's detailed look shows why.
Dimitroff is an intense, counter-cultural health nut who is also as an intense, no nonsense NFL GM. Holley develops the relationship that Dimitroff has with owner Arthur Blank and the successful turn around for the Falcons that has resulted.
Perhaps the most interesting, and undoubtedly hidden gem of the book, is the complete background of the Falcons/Browns trade that sent a boatload of picks to the Browns and Julio Jones to the Falcons. Belichick tells Dimitroff openly he's trading too much, but Dimitroff believes there is a window in the NFL for winning and this is a special player that the Falcons need to get there. Dimitroff rolls the dice and seemingly to many talking heads mortgaged the future of his team by paying a king's ransom to Cleveland. But, Dimitroff believes otherwise, that Jones is the type of special talent that the Falcons will never see at the end of the first round.
An incredible read. Highly recommended.
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Great Look INSIDE the "Business"...hhhuuummmm15 décembre 2011
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A pleasant surprise and well written book. Slows down a little but it was worth my investment with my time. A very believable look at this tree of football managers/coaches/scouts and the power they wield over others, along with their decision making. I am soooooo glad that it was not about gossip and tearing people down in the sports world for this has been a rough year regarding my perception of sports. I was always interested and intrigued about decision making in sports, especially on the managerial and coach level and this book does not disappoint and somewhat renewed my faith of sport watching. There are people who make the decisions impacting others that are NOT monsters. They feel, are challenge, and deal with disappointment like I do. Meaning there are good people with hearts in football. My last point is that a creepy feeling came over me of the way the players are looked at; like meat/machines/robots BUT that's the way of the world. It is indeed a game for winners and tough choices have to be made on all levels. I am sure football players know that when they choose to pursue this profession.
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Good, but loses itself trying to stay on Belichick's good side.26 novembre 2011
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This book is a good "bathroom" read, but if you have followed the NFL for a good 10 years, there's really nothing new here, except one or two anecdotes, the author just loses itself trying so hard to remain Belichick's and the Patriots's pet boy, even when discussing Belichick's pick of Chad Jackson; who was a major bust.
The book is full of hyperboles and flattery for Belichick and the team that it's never objective. The author never gets in-depth about the coach's time in Cleveland nor offers any insight as to how Belichick failed there, instead, that period turns into a hyper-detailed tale about the final days of Thomas Dimitroff's father, I mean, it's nice and all, but there was nothing insightful there about the failed chance for Belichick in Cleveland.
The author goes so long about physical descriptions of Pioli and Dimitroff that it borders on schoolgirl's crush! I don't want to know about Dimitroff's boyish good-looks, chiseled physique and his extremely healthy eating habits nor do I care about how tall, handsome and strong Pioli looks!.
I wanted to know how Belichick's style changes every year, how he adapts so well to the NFL's ever-changing rules and how he always seems to adapt to new tendencies, I wanted to know why every coach from his coaching tree fails while trying to be dictators on their new teams, while the man himself is always flexible in style and philosophy. It'd be nice to know why Dimitroff went the other route, created his own style and had success with the Falcons while Pioli is failing miserably with the Chiefs.
I think the author misses some really good opportunities, still it's a good read while sitting on the W.C. and that's not a knock at all, it's entertaining and fun, but not at all enlightening, which if a book carries such a pretentious title, it should be!