The Education of a Coach
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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
points of that year. After helping beat vaunted Lawrenceville to maintain an unbeaten record, he rushed into the Lawrenceville locker room, still in his uniform, and bearing a pen, he had asked the Lawrenceville coach, Ken Keuffel, a great authority on the single wing (and an Andover graduate himself) to sign his book, Simplified Single-Wing Football. The other great day was when Steve Belichick showed up to scout Boston College and took the boys out to dinner. He was duly impressed by the
a head coach with the Patriots, Belichick would have Bellino come by every year and talk to his players at the start of camp; Bellino would tell them that what they did in college did not matter, that in the pro game no one cared if they were All-Americans or had even won the Heisman.) Bill started hanging out with his father at Navy practices when he was about six or seven, and by the time he was nine, he would make a scouting trip with him once a year—a reward for the fact that his father was
friends at Wesleyan had no idea that he was being pulled toward a career in coaching. They knew he loved sports, that it was a passion, but they had no sense of it being a profession. They knew he was ferociously competitive—he hated to lose, and when he lost in racquetball, he would, on occasion, break his racquet in anger, smashing it against the wall. (He got his racquets free at the Naval Academy when he went home, as many as six at a time, until Steve Belichick finally told him that the
out there like that. In some ways, he was like us, the men at the top, because he worked around the clock. You did not automatically go home at six or seven o’clock, or nine o’clock, you went home when the work was done, and that meant often we’d work until three in the morning, checking on the film. Some of us would grab mats from the workout room and sleep on them at night in these tiny offices in Memorial Stadium. I think Bill slept on the desk a few times. With him it was not ‘It’s 2 A.M. and
and would take most of the snaps during practice. He called Bledsoe in and told him that they could not go on sharing snaps, that the practice snaps had to go to the starting quarterback, and right now that was Tom Brady. Bledsoe was furious with his decision and went to Bob Kraft and said that Belichick had lied to him and had promised that he would have an even chance to compete to get his job back and would share the snaps. Belichick did not think it had been that hard a decision, or that he