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The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower von [Price, Christopher]
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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"

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"

""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"

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 ""

Kurzbeschreibung

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.

Praise for Christopher Price's Baseball by the Beach: A History of America's National Pastime on Cape Cod

"[Price] provides anecdotes bound to amuse some, astound others, and inform all."
---Cape Cod Times

"[Price] captures the true essence of the game and its people."
---Front Row, New England Sports Network

"An excellent job . . . a solid, definitive story of the Cape Cod Baseball League."
---The Cape Codder


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 747 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas Dunne Books; Auflage: Reprint (5. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FCQQ1X2
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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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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen A Good, not great, look into the current success of the Patriots. 8. Mai 2008
Von Money Honey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Modern Day History of the New England Patriots 19. Februar 2008
Von C. Baker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book lays out the reason the New England Patriots have been able to sustain a high level of excellence over the past seven years in an era of salary cap limitations that aggressively promotes parity. Despite this, the Patriots have appeared in four of the last seven Super Bowls, winning three of them. This year they posted an 18-0 record before being defeated in Super Bowl XLII 17-14 by the New York Giants in a rather poorly played game on the Patriot's part.

How do they do it?

First, Robert Kraft is no longer the meddling owner he was when Bill Parcels was the head coach. He lets the football people make the football decisions, especially on personnel.

Second, Bill Belichick is clearly one of the smartest coaches when it comes to strategy (Super Bowl XLII being an exception). But he too has learned from his mistakes as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He treats his players a little differently and has more control over personnel, even though his media skills still lack something to be desired.

Third, Belichick doesn't try to do everything. It's impossible. While he has final say over all football related matters he relies heavily on Scott Piloli, head of player personnel. Piloli has been with Belichick for a long time and their scouting department turns up high character players who fit Belichick's system. Their drafts under Belichick have been very good, for the most part, which is critical for building a team.

Fourth, Belichick mostly lets the players police themselves. The veterans on the team know what it takes to win championships and the team first philosophy that permeates the organization is not just lip service. The veteran players work to make sure everyone stays on this course.

Fifth, the Patriots adroitly manage the salary cap. Unlike a lot of teams they don't sell out by signing players to huge contracts and guaranteed money to make a one time championship run. Doing this can hamstring a team for years as players with large signing bonuses count against the salary cap for years, even if they are no longer productive or even on the team. Further, there is no sentimentality to their decisions. They cut Lawyer Malloy, a mainstay at strong safety for several years and a favorite of fans, players, and coaches alike. Because of a contract dispute where they felt the amount of money he wanted was not in the long-term interests of team, they cut him.

And finally they have Tom Brady. Successful teams must have a decent quarterback at the helm. Brady, a sixth round draft pick, has turned out to be one of the best quarterbacks of his generation. Having mostly a solid defense and Brady at the helm of the offense has been critical to the team's success.

Overall this book is reasonably well written and is an excellent modern day history of the New England Patrtiots franchise. The first part of the book deals with pre-Kraft Patriots history. It was necessary to set up the rest of the book, but there is nothing particularly new here. The rest of the book does a good job of laying out just why the Patriots have been successful over the past seven years.

That said this book needed a better copy editor. There are many places where conjunctions are missing, which is annoying to the reader. And in once chapter a quote by Belichick is repeated within a few paragraphs of each other. At times the author tells us something and then basically repeats the same information in different words, which is what happened with the redundant quote.

Nevertheless, this is a book that Patriots fans and football fans in general, should greatly enjoy.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A most well written sportsbook! 29. Januar 2015
Von Stephen Redihan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very good read!! I'm a Pats fan and enjoyed it as a fan, but there's a lot of critical information about how professional football works.
I've passed the book along to a life long fan of the NY Giants and he said it wasa good read.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Four Stars 16. März 2015
Von Tink M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A lot of interesting information on the early days of the Patriots
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent look at the Patriots' great run in the last seven years. 2. Januar 2009
Von Joseph C. Sweeney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Though not quite as good or groundbreaking as Michael Lewis' seminal "Moneyball", "The Blueprint" is an outstanding read. Well written and highly readable, this one is well worth the time of any NFL fan.

The first third of the book details the sometimes woeful, sometimes thrilling first four decades of the New England Patriots franchise. Owned by the Sullivan family, the team was too poor and cheap to compete with the Hunt's of the world and consequently had no championships prior to the miracle Super Bowl win of 2002. Since then, the Pats have become the gold standard for the NFL and all of sports. They win and win big in the age of the salary cap and have proven that, despite roster turnover, great management and great ownership is the most important element for a winning franchise.

Until a better book comes along, "The Blueprint" will remain the best one ever written on the Patriots and on of the better sports books of the year. Recommended very highly to all sports fans.
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