Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion

When Bill Belichick arrived in New England, the Patriots were a laughingstock, an organization with a losing record and a roster of overpaid, underperforming players So how did a head coach with a questionable record transform this team, garner three Lombardi trophies in four years, and with the Pats 2005 Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles cement the team When Bill Belichick arrived in New England, the Patriots were a laughingstock, an organization with a losing record and a roster of overpaid, underperforming players So how did a head coach with a questionable record transform this team, garner three Lombardi trophies in four years, and with the Pats 2005 Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles cement the team s place as an NFL dynasty With unprecedented access granted by Belichick and his staff, author Michael Holley spent two years with the coach, his team, and his brain trust Holley provides insights into how Belichick and his coaching cabinet prepare for opponents, evaluate talent, run the draft, and design their offensive and defensive schemes Patriot Reign captures Belichick at his most candid, and what emerges is a portrait of a complicated man who is cerebral, yes, but also tough, demanding, stubborn, funny, profane, and a master strategist.Frank, uncompromising, and stunning, Patriot Reign is required reading for football fans who want to understand what makes a champion tick.
Patriot Reign Bill Belichick the Coaches and the Players Who Built a Champion When Bill Belichick arrived in New England the Patriots were a laughingstock an organization with a losing record and a roster of overpaid underperforming players So how did a head coach with a que

  • Title: Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion
  • Author: Michael Holley
  • ISBN: 9780060757953
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I'm a born and bred Boston sports fan, but mostly I'm a Patriots fan, so I found this book fascinating--although even I'll have to admit it bordered on fawning on occasion. Sportswriter Michael Holley spent two seasons "embedded" with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. He gives us a biography of Belichick from son of the football coach for the Naval Academy to winning his second Super Bowl ring in 2003. But it is still only a peak at the man under the sweatshirt with the cutoff arms. W [...]

    2. Michael Holley’s first published book is a beautiful pinhole into the “Patriot Way” before New England became one of America’s least favorite teams (jealousy of success). In his acknowledgements, Holley thanks, “the New England Patriots, a secure organization that granted me access without ever asking for or even hinting at editorial control. The Kraft, Belichick, Piolo, and Najaraian families were especially helpful and generous with their time.” (239)“There was the poignancy of a [...]

    3. I enjoyed Patriot Reign, which provides some good insight into how Belichick and the Patriots work. While the anecdotes and behind the scenes access to Belichick is great and the best thing about the book, Holley fails to pull all this together into clear themes or structure. There are clear themes, but it is up to the reader to discover them. As such, I'd rate it 3.5 starsIt is also worth mentioning that the early chapter(s) capture the same ground as The Education of a Coach though in signific [...]

    4. Probably the best football book I've ever read. Author Michael Holley gives you an inside the locker room view of how the New England Patriots became a dynasty in the 2000s. Patriot Reign is focused on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and how he developed a knack for winning game after game, with his system in New England known as The Patriot Way. In the book, the football seasons are recounted with respect to Belichick, and explanations on why he does things so very different from the rest of [...]

    5. Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the players who Built a Champion is the story of how the New England Patriots established a dynasty in the early twenty first century. This was do to one big reason: the addtion of Bill Belichick. Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time ranking among Vince Lombardi and Jimmie Johnson. Belichick created greatness out of an underachieving football team. He helped draft Tom Brady the most efficient and accomplished quarterback of thi [...]

    6. Patriot ReignBy: Griffin Anderson Former Boston Globe columnist writer Michael Holley gives readers an unprecedented look at how the New England Patriots built a Championship caliber team in the early 2000’s in “Patriot Reign”The book begins with the author giving a biography of Bill Belichick the main character and Head Coach of the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick has been known to give the media the cold shoulder so him granting Michael Holley the access he did was a bit shocking. T [...]

    7. Noah BilodeauIssues In Non-fictionMr. Herman10/17/17 Patriots Reign: Bill Belichick, The Coaches, And The Players Who Built A Champion Patriots Reign was the perfect book for diehard Patriots fans. Also for people that just wants to know what goes on inside an NFL organization. Especially an organization that has a lot of success. Author Michael Holley doesn’t just talk about the Patriots. He tells the story from the beginning. Such as what Kraft did to be able to buy the Patriots. How Bill Be [...]

    8. I picked up this book hoping to glean some insights into a coach that doesn't reveal much publicly in order to pick up the keys to his success. To that end this book does illuminate upon a few things such as draft ideology, player strategies and cap management. There are a number of details of the weekly preparations as well but those tend to be vague and non-strategic, rather focusing on what people are doing instead of why. I guess the best way I can describe this book is that it lacks introsp [...]

    9. An informative and often amusing look behind the curtain at the workings of one of sports' most successful franchises of the past two decades, and the personalities that command the public's attention.

    10. The nonfictional sports book, Patriot Reign by Michael Holley, is an informational book about the up and coming New England Patriots. Bill Belichick was hired to be the head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000. He took over for Pete Carroll, who was the head coach for two seasons. He had a team with a losing record and would not be expected to win a Super Bowl. The New England Patriots were a team that was full of players that did not play to their full potential and were overpaid. Bill Be [...]

    11. The story is about the New England Patriots. It was about Robert Kraft and his life long dream was to own the New England Patriots. Kraft bought the Patriots back in 1994. The main characters are Robert Kraft, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady.The main characters in this story took a team with one of the worst records in the league and built it into one of the best teams in the NFL. The main characters ran into lots of problems, Coach Bill Parcells was a great coach but t [...]

    12. In the nonfiction story Patriot Reign by Michael Holley, the story of the dominant Patriots team in the 21st century is explained. Bill Belichick is the coach of the team, and Tom Brady is the man who runs the show as the quarterback. These two would combine for three Super Bowl wins. What made it all possible were the draft picks, trades, and behind the scenes moves that helped the Patriots become a dynasty in the 21st century. A possible theme throughout the story is that you must put forth yo [...]

    13. In't kort: de auteur volgt het American Football-team New England Patriots (toevallig één van mijn twee favoriete teams), en meer in het bijzonder zijn coach Bill Belichick gedurende drie seizoenen. We maken het kampioenenjaar 2002 mee, het gevreesde 'season after', en het seizoen 2004, waarin de Patriots opnieuw de SuperBowl wonnen. Ondertussen krijgen we een beter beeld van de werking van een succesvol football-team, de auteur neemt ons mee achter de schermen van de draft, de contractonderha [...]

    14. An enjoyable background read in light of Belichick / Brady's recent 5th win, but very obviously outdated at this point and admittedly rather thin. Still, a decent enough look at the organization and the decisionmaking process.

    15. Snapshot:Hitch a ride to one of the greatest football dynasties in NFL history. Reporter Michael Holley provides powerful insight from behind the scenes of the Patriots organization as he documents Coach Bill Bellichik's masterful overhaul of an under-achieving team, bringing three championships to the Patriots and their fans.Hook:The front cover features a photo of Bellichik on the sidelines during a game, with his players standing behind him. This should attract any students interested in foot [...]

    16. Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a ChampionMichael HolleyBiography272 PagesWhen Bill Belichick arrived in New England, the Patriots were a laughingstock, an organization with a losing record and a roster of overpaid, underperforming players. How did one coach change the team from a laughing stock, into a dynasty? Bill Belichick was a fantastic coach, and when the Patriots got a new quarterback in the 6th round draft pick, picked number 199, they got more than [...]

    17. I find it ironic that I'm finishing this book on the morning of the Super Bowl with the Patriots playing the Falcons in Houston.14 years ago New England was playing Carolina in the wardrobe malfunction bowl.Patriots are back in the Super Bowl. Brady, Belichick and Josh McDaniels have returned to Houston. Scot Pioli is now with the Falcons. Funny how that worked out.Fun book to read with not a lot of overkill, but enough to inform and entertain. I have always believed players win football games, [...]

    18. This book was published after the Patriots won their second super bowl. Hindsight being 20/20, some statements now seem out of place. Particularly, "The 2004 Patriots would have to protect their championship and their standing as one of the smartest, fairest franchises in professional sports." I just don't know about the word fairest. Anyway, I think I am too far removed from the 2001-2003 Patriots teams to really enjoy this book. It seems to be more of a book to be read in the moment. There are [...]

    19. I read Patriot Reign by Michael Holley during the summer. This book is a nonfiction book about the Patriots from 2000-2004. The main character in the book are Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, and Tom Brady. The setting was mainly in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The conflict was the 2003 season when the Patriots went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. That was the season after the 2002 Super Bowl victory against the stacked Rams. I liked how they explained the coaching ways of Bill Belichick. There is nothing [...]

    20. This book was fine. But it suffered in comparison to Collision Low Crossers, which I read over Christmas. Is it just that the Jets are so much more insane than the Patriots that it makes for a better book? Possibly. But CLC also went much deeper into the people in the Jets organization, and at more than 600 pages still left me wanting even more. This book is basically just a straightforward recounting of the season and also a love letter to Bill and 250ish pages was plenty. And I say that as som [...]

    21. This is a must-read book for any New England Patriots fan who really desires to know where their favorite team came from. This book allows you to spend some time in the minds of Kraft, Belichick, Pioli, Parcells and many others. The story covers the journeys of each of the minds responsible for the championship team as they began their adventures in the world of NFL. Detailed descriptions of unforgettable games and plays that led the Patriots to a dynasty wrap any reader deep into the amazing st [...]

    22. I have to imagine the author tried to have sex with Belichick. In between his words, you can clearly see the fact that he wants to make sweet, sweet love to him. That's how biased the account feels when you read it.But, that being said, it's a pretty interesting book. Football coaching is a bit of a black box to me. I constantly wonder how certain coaches can make a team great no matter where they go. What does it? I think Belichick has been a pretty solid coach with a variety of different types [...]

    23. Read Education of a Coach first. Then read this one. Not living in New England I read some things in this book that I may have read in articles from a Boston sports page if I was there. Am always interested in how successful people deal with others and in particular their staff. This book gave a little insight into Coach Belichick's method. Also found the description of the Patriot draft system interesting. Overall well worth the read. Education of a Coach was a better book as a Belichick biogra [...]

    24. The story surrounds how the new england patriots came to be. From the Kraft family to bill belichick to Tom brady and the championships. Robert Kraft's dream was to own the patriots. Kraft bought the Patriots back in 1994. This story also includes drew bledsoe. Bill belichick helped this organization strive to the next level. When he came to the patriots they were not good at all with tons of loosing records each season. Today the patriots are one of the most successful running organization ever [...]

    25. It isn't a coincidence that the New England Patriots won three Super Bowls and continue to be successful. Bill Belichick and his coaching staff stick to specific guidelines when forming their teams each year, and the results speak for themselves. This book gets inside the war rooms in Foxboro stadium where players are drafted, signed, and cut, all to the benefit of your New England Patriots. Michael Holley was given some pretty rare access to the usually private New England Patriots, so enjoy so [...]

    26. Considering that Holley had unfettered access to Belichick for about a year, I found this book to be a missed opportunity. There really wasn't much more than you'd get out of Coach's press conference, which isn't saying much. If looking for a good Patriots/Belichick book, I'd reccomend The Education of a Coachby David Halberstam instead. Much more interesting and insightful.

    27. I prefer mr. holley's sports columns from the Boston Globe. His voice is noticeably absent from the book, which may have more to do with the confines of book publishing versus having your own column. But his writing style is such a treat, that coming to this book I was disappointed by its absence. Still, he does a solid journalistic job of recounting the repercussions of being a Super Bowl Championship team.

    28. I didn't check when this was published before I bought it so I was dissapointed to find that the "Reign" in question was only the first 2 Super Bowls. Would have been nice to read something about the whole 14 year stretch. That being said, the parts about Bellichick's draft process were fascinating. This book is worth reading for that alone.

    29. Grade: B-Although I did gain some insight regarding the Patriots, I felt that this was an inconsistent read. Some parts of the book were very engrossing, while others felt like they were perhaps written by someone else, as the sentences got very short and choppy. Not a recommended read unless you're a Patriot fan.

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