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The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Christopher Price
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2. September 2008
For years, the New England Patriots were a certifiable joke of a franchise. They were run on the cheap and were once the very example of how not to manage a team. They hired inept coaches---one of whom (Clive Rush) was nearly electrocuted when he grabbed a microphone at his introductory press conference. In 1968 their scouting director, Ed McKeever, suggested they draft a wide receiver . . . before someone in the organization realized the player had been dead for six months. They plucked ex-players out of the stands minutes before kickoff---Bob Gladieux was enjoying a beer at the game when he heard his name called over the P.A. (The Patriots had cut a player earlier that morning and found themselves short. Gladieux, who would go on to spend four years in the league as a running back, made the tackle on the opening kickoff.) And they played in a run-down stadium that was one of the worst venues in professional sports. There were brief moments of success, but on each occasion, front-office infighting would invariably cause the franchise to slide back down to the basement again.
But in the first four months of 2000, everything changed. The hiring of head coach Bill Belichick and Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli and the drafting of quarterback Tom Brady turned the fortunes of the franchise around. And their nontraditional approach to acquiring personnel---remembering that it’s not about collecting talent, it’s about assembling a team---quickly led to three Super Bowl titles in four seasons. It’s a feat that, in the salary cap era, with free agency, planned parity and balanced scheduling, is in many ways even more impressive than anything achieved by the past dynasties of Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and San Francisco.

Along the way, Christopher Price has had a front-row seat for football history, chronicling the rise to power of the NFL’s unlikeliest superpower. Price takes the reader inside the franchise to give him a dynamic portrait of a mighty organization at the height of its power. Readers are immersed in the locker room during the strange and tumultuous days of 2001 and 2003, when major personnel moves involving a pair of the most popular players in franchise history---Drew Bledsoe and Lawyer Milloy---threatened to rock their championship foundation to the core. Readers get an up-close look at the team that dominated the league on the way to a record-setting winning streak in 2004. And Price analyzes what went wrong when they fell short in 2005 and 2006, and how they plan to return to Super Bowl form in 2007.

 The Blueprint  will explore how the Patriots went from the dregs to a dynasty, becoming the gold standard for professional sports franchises everywhere. It will prompt sports fans (and those who study organizations) to acknowledge what many football insiders have believed for a long time: when it comes to building a successful system, the Patriots have the Blueprint.


  • Taschenbuch: 322 Seiten
  • Verlag: Griffin; Auflage: First. (2. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312384858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384852
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,3 x 14 x 2,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 603.540 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for The Blueprint:
"The Blueprint offers a Moneyball-like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriot dynasty."
--Sports Illustrated
"Price...delivers a brisk narrative of the snakebit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them....He's done enough to make me return to the couch on Sunday."
--Jay Jennings, The New York Times Book Review
"Price's research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair....There is so much good material here."
--The Boston Globe
"Price's level of research is evident. His chronicles of the checkered past of the team to its current power are thorough and his sources varied as he draws on the experience of everyone from former players to season ticket holders to fellow beat writers."
--New Hampshire Union Leader

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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for the last ten years, working for,, and Baseball America, as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald. In that time, he's established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association, and the North Carolina Press Association. He's currently the football writer for Boston Metro, a job he's held since 2001. He lives in Boston with his wife, Kate.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Habe schon bessere Sportbücher gelesen 8. Juni 2011
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Wer sich für die New England Patriots interessiert, bekommt hier einen Überblick über ihre Geschichte von den Anfängen in der AFL bis zu ihrer (fast) magischen Saison 2007.
Trotzdem war ich mit dem Buch nicht so richtig zufrieden, irgendwie hat es sich nicht flüssig gelesen, hier habe ich schon wesentlich unterhaltsamere englische Sportbücher gelesen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the read! 5. November 2007
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When I read the first chapter of this book, I thought that the book was going to be a watered down version of "Patriot Reign" by Michael Holly.
But the second chapter goes all the way back to the infamous beginnings of the New England Football team. It mentions the Boston Braves who later became the Washington Redskins. It talks about the deplorable conditions that the teams had to deal with in the early days when they didn't have a stadium and then when they got Schaefer Stadium. It describes all the interesting characters that were on the team throughout the years.
The rest of the book goes on to cover the modern day Pats and their rise to the team they are now. Whether or not you like that Pats or Bill Belichick, it talks about his career and how he's changed the way he's coached and even the things he's changed within the NFL, such as the way they choose defensive players and such, especially under the salary cap.
It does bog down a little bit but it's still interesting and was a pretty quick read. I did like this book a lot more than Patriot Reign.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Good, not great, look into the current success of the Patriots. 8. Mai 2008
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The Blueprint offers a complete breakdown of the New England Patriots' history and the foundation for the team's current dominance. The book is well written and is a good foundation for new fans, but doesn't offer much additional insights into the franchise beyond the well known facts. The writer's style is a bit dry. For a more entertaining and deeper look into the New England Organization, Michael Holley's "Patriot Reign" was far more insightful and a much more entertaining read. For a newer fan this book is great; for a die hard, lifetime fan, there isn't much here you didn't already know. On a personal note, a big pet peeve of mine is insufficient editing, and I found numorous spelling errors, and repeatitive thoughts through out the book, which is a bit distracting.
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Unfortunately, this book contains very little new material for the informed Pats, or NFL, fan. Most of this information has been written before. Too many pages spent on past Pats history, which has been chronicled elsewhere. Almost half the book is wasted on rehashing old feuds and sorry history.

In the introduction, the author says his model for this book was Moneyball, but he falls way short of that goal. Badly edited, lots of annoying errors and too many repetitive quotes used throughout the book.

Based on the title it is reasonable to expect more detail on the inner workings of the Pats -- and the who, what, when, where and HOW -- of their successful blueprint, but it just isn't there.

Suggest reading Halberstam's book for a better look at the inner workings of the Pats, if not an actual blueprint of how they conduct their business.
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Sped through Price's account just before Christmas and it was light and enjoyable, but I would caution that: 1) it is a little light on new material or insight for Pats fans who follow the team daily in the papers; and 2) it is not - as advertised in the introduction - really much like Moneyball.

If you watch the games, listen to WEEI, read PFW, etc., this book is going to be a little like a walk down memory lane. Price spends a lot of time on recounting particular series in some of the Patriots key games during their dynastic run. While there is some history here - being in my 20's I really enjoyed the stuff on the Sullivans, Kiam and Orthwein and the first chapter serves as a great primer on Pats history - Price really focuses most on the Bledsoe/Parcells and Brady/Belichick eras.

Some of the most rewarding moments come when Price does dig a little deeper and talk about particular players or elements of the team. The few pages on Steve Neal take most Pats fans through untrodden ground that goes a little deeper than "oh, and he was a college wrestler." But, the Neal moment is one of the few that feels like a Moneyball moment. Still better, for a behind-the-scenes peek for fans, I would compare the book very unfavorably to Seth Mnookin's "Feeding the Monster." Price clearly lacked Mnookin's access, and it shows.

There isn't a lot of Price's promised "how they did it" subtitle; and, like Moneyball, where Michael Lewis focuses on the successful quirks of the A's system (they draft guys in the first round that no one else had on their board, and the guys become real good major leaguers -- BTW, the great failure in Lewis' logic is that the A's waste 1st rounders on guys they could have had in the 10th or 15th -- the antithesis of "getting value.") Price fails to explain how the drafting and player evaluation are really any different than what is done elsewhere in the league.

An area where Price does explore that question is in a lot of time spent evaluating the Belichick/Pioli tactic of bringing in "system" guys like Bryan Cox, Roman Phifer, Mike Vrabel, etc to fill out the 02-05 rosters. That analysis looks a little silly though when the 2007 roster is taken into consideration -- i.e., Adalius Thomas and Randy Moss. It remains to be seen whether the team will continue to pursue the same kind of strategy with the upward salary cap adjustment that is expected in 08 and beyond thanks to the league's exploding revenues.

The same is true for Price's evaluation of the Pats' philosophy on guys like Bruce Armstrong, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Deion Branch, Adam Vinatieri and Ben Coates. This isn't Price's folly, everyone had this one wrong, and only time (and the Asante Samuel negotiations) will tell if the Pats return to the pre-07 philosophy.

Don't get me wrong, I think this is a good pre-Super Bowl read -- that's what the extra week is for -- but, I would say that where Michael Holley's "Patriot Reign" suffered (in spite of his best efforts to subsequently rescue it - because of the team's 8-8 campaign while he had his best access), this book suffers for its timing (reaching a conclusion about the "Patriot Way" right before the record breaking season) and in what it asks us to believe about "The Blueprint."
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Did you know that Roy Berry coached the Pats to Super Bowl XX? Did you know that the Giants had a Super Bowl hangover in 1988? Did you know that Deion Branch started his first game as a rookie against the Eagles in 2003?

I didn't know any of those things before reading this book. That's because they are all incorrect. This book is interesting in that it certainly brings back some nostalgia, but after reading 200 pages, I had to put it down because it was so factually deficient. I just couldn't trust the writer anymore. Which is sad, because the guy covers the team for a living.

In any event, don't bother. Go read a wikipedia article on the Pats instead. Its more reliable and accurate.
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