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Title:
Belichick and Brady : two men, the Patriots, and how they revolutionized football / Michael Holley.
ISBN:
9780316266918
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
Physical Description:
vi, 410 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Beating the System -- A New Way of Doing Business -- No One Saw It Coming -- The Greatest Reality Show on Earth -- Leaving the Pack -- The Pelts of Success -- Rolling -- Bonds and Breaks -- Unexpected Endings -- To Catch a Patriot -- The Outsiders -- Franchise Shifts -- Tightrope -- Conscience and Conflict -- Broken Trusts -- Second-Guessing -- "We Are the Patriots. Everything Is a Big Deal" -- Do Your Job -- The Nation versus Patriots Nation.
Abstract:
Bestselling author and sports talk show host Michael Holley gives readers an inside look into the story of the legendary Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and four-time Super Bowl winning New England Patriots. -- Publisher's annotation.

With Belichick as coach and Brady as quarterback, the New England Patriots have won four Super Bowls, six AFC championships, and thirteen division titles. Holley takes us inside their relationship, dissecting how these men and their team came to dominate football. Both men live for football but were otherwise an odd couple-- who somehow rose above controversies and tragedies and have set the bar for excellence in a league designed for parity.
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Summary

New York Times bestselling sportswriter Michael Holley takes readers behind the scenes of the relationship that transformed the Patriots from a middling franchise to the envy of the NFL.

No head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful in NFL history than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. They have won four Super Bowls, six AFC championships, and thirteen division titles. And now Holley takes us inside their relationship, dissecting how these men and their team came to dominate football.

Belichick, a genius as a defensive coordinator, had been a five-year flop as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Upon his controversial arrival in Foxboro, though, he quickly began to remake the team at every level--scouts, coaches, and players. His bold, calculated approach had fans up in arms, sportswriters questioning his intelligence, and players wondering how long they would last on the team.

Meanwhile, buried down in the 2000 NFL draft, the 199th overall pick was a skinny kid from the University of Michigan named Tom Brady who many scouts thought would never succeed at a professional level. The lowest of the four quarterbacks on the team's depth chart, he appeard to be just one of the guys. Like Belichick, though, he lived for football, and he knew the playbook as well as Drew Bledsoe, the franchise quarterback. And when Bledsoe was injured in 2001, Brady took the job and vowed to never give it back.

The handsome Brady became a star, wearing hand-tailored suits, appearing in movies and on magazine covers, and marrying a supermodel. Belichick, with his trademark cut-off hoodies, was the opposite of a fashion plate. Together, the odd couple somehow rose above controversies and tragedies. Draft picks were lost, suspensions given, lawsuits filed. As their legends have grown, so have their critics, with some of those critics operating from NFL headquarters. Despite that, with Belichick's deft and brilliant strategy in the draft year in year out and Brady's exacting decision-making on the field, the Patriots cultivated an atmosphere of success and won a stunning 75 percent of their games together. Respected and reviled, Belichick and Brady have set the bar high for excellence in a league designed for parity. They have rarely been understood. Until now. Based on dozens of interviews with former and current players, coaches, and executives, Belichick and Brady is an eye-opening look at the minds, motives, and wild ambitions of two men who have left an indelible mark on the game of football.


Author Notes

Michael Holley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Patriot Reign, War Room, Never Give Up (with Tedy Bruschi), and Red Sox Rule. He was a Boston Globe sportswriter for ten years, and is the cohost of the Dale & Holley show on Boston sports radio station WEEI. Holley lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.


Table of Contents

1 Beating the Systemp. 1
2 A New Way of Doing Businessp. 18
3 No One Saw It Comingp. 32
4 The Greatest Reality Show on Earthp. 46
5 Leaving the Packp. 67
6 The Pelts of Successp. 88
7 Rollingp. 107
8 Bonds and Breaksp. 126
9 Unexpected Endingsp. 143
10 To Catch a Patriotp. 158
11 The Outsidersp. 183
12 Franchise Shiftsp. 199
13 Tightropep. 215
14 Conscience and Conflictp. 243
15 Broken Trustsp. 262
16 Second-Guessingp. 284
17 "We Are the Patriots. Everything Is a Big Deal"p. 301
18 Do Your Jobp. 330
19 The Nation versus Patriots Nationp. 347
Acknowledgmentsp. 389
Indexp. 395

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