The Education of a Coach
Pulitzer Prize-winner David Halberstam's bestseller takes you inside the football genius of Bill Belichick for an insightful profile in leadership.
Bill Belichick's thirty-one years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success--most recently with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking book, David Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it. He uncovers what makes Bill Belichick tick both on and off the field.
"Halberstam does for the three-time Super Bowl winner what Moneyball did for the Oakland A's Billy Beane."
"If you want to learn about schooling and allegiance and leadership and, most of all, football, by all means--slip inside the sweatshirt."
--The Wall Street Journal
"Halberstam takes the classic sports-bio formula--one stellar performer's rise to the pinnacle of American sport--and transforms it into a nuance-rich story of individual triumph and social history."
"In describing the triumph of 'an unadorned man,' a coach without artifice, Halberstam has created a tale of excellence."
--The New York Times Book Review
Damon Hack, a writer for the New York Times, noted that since Belichick had come to the Patriots, there were fourteen occasions when Belichick had had a second shot in a season against a given team. His record in these second-chance encounters was a striking one: fourteen victories, no defeats. And this time Belichick had studied Roethlisberger, and he knew his weaknesses. The pressure that the New England defense applied was relentless that day. The way they went after Jerome Bettis, the feared
his profession, two Super Bowls won in three years. In the season that followed, a third championship was added. So the given of the book was: How did he get to where he was from where he started, and what did the world of football and coaching football look like to someone who had excelled in it for three decades (and lived within it for his entire life)? Of America’s three main sports, football was the one I had never written a book about and whose inner workings seemed most mysterious to me.
come by the house and we would be talking about our team, and we would be talking about our next opponent,” said Carter. “He would talk about a particular defense we planned to use, a wide tackle six, which was a balanced six-man front, no one over the center, with two linebackers, which he said would be just fine, as long as we were up against a running team; but, if we went against a passing team, if, as he said, they flooded the zone, our linebackers would not be able to deal with it.”
people, Ernie Adams. Perkins and Adams made an unlikely pairing, since Perkins was as hard and tough a man as football produced, while Adams was one of its most genteel citizens, quiet, thoughtful, and cerebral. But Perkins had come to understand Adams’s great value to a head coach. The two men had worked together in New England for two years, in 1976 and 1977, and Perkins had been greatly impressed by Adams’s ability with film, the originality of his mind, and his superior overall knowledge of
one year of college left, and he was not, even in his own estimation, a particularly good player. All he had was a love of the game. By chance, a young woman he knew worked in security for the Giants and was a friend of Belichick’s, so one day she introduced Pioli to Belichick, who was thirty-five at the time. As they talked, Belichick sensed the young man’s passion for the game, and on the spur of the moment, he suggested that Pioli come stay with Belichick and Al Groh, another assistant coach,