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Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches Hardcover – November 13, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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Myers, a longtime football reporter-analyst, profiles some of the most notable NFL coaches of the past 20 years, including Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungee, Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan, Bill Belichick, and Mike Holmgren. Special attention is paid to the relationships—whether with players, owners, family members, or even the league office—coaches must manage while trying to present a competitive team each week. Thus, Myers explores the tension between Denver Broncos coach Dan Reeves and his brilliant quarterback, John Elway; the recent one-year suspension of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; and the prickly football mastermind that is Bill Parcells. Hard-core fans looking for an explanation of these coaches’ success, by way of x’s and o’s, will be disappointed. Still, an interesting view of the NFL from the coach’s-eye level. --Alan Moores

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“Engaging….the perfect stocking-stuffer for the NFL addict on your holiday shopping list….a fun read.” – Wall Street Journal

 “An intriguing book for an NFL fan...Myers, a respected pro football writer for more than three decades, has the access and insight that makes this more than a typical NFL book.” – Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

“Buy this book. It's a great read for any football fan.” - Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times Picayune

“One of the NFL’s greatest scribes brings fans inside the minds and the locker rooms of some of the NFL’s best, from Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy to Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs, to give fans of sport as well as lovers of leadership a very special treat. The book appeals to as wide an audience as any written in 2012.”— Big Lead Sports

“Excellent” — The Sports Network

"The diversity of coaches and topics covered, coupled with Myers's obsessive attention to detail and sharp opinions, will appeal to multiple generations of pro football fans." Publishers Weekly
 

"Finally, somebody has written this book. In Coaching Confidential, Gary Myers has climbed down in the NFL bunker and taken us behind the curtain to reveal the highly-secretive world of NFL coaches. The chapter on Bill Parcells alone will blow you away. We have had many books on pro football's players, teams, seasons and history. Myers has cracked the toughest code: what makes these coaches tick, how they work, what they think." -Sal Paolantonio, ESPN NFL National Correspondent   

"This is such an easy book to devour. Gary Myers' three decades of closely covering the NFL makes him the perfect writer to take you inside the lives of so many of the game's General Pattons. His insight on the strained family lives and the never-ending anxiety for driven men like Dick Vermeil makes this a must-read for anyone who loves the NFL."  -Peter King, Sports Illustrated
 
“Gary Myers is one of the finest NFL writers in the business. His attention to detail and passion for football are evident in Coaching Confidential. When I played for the New York Jets, I appreciated our fierce interviews that often turned into debates. This book will educate, inform, and entertain countless football fans.” –Boomer Esiason, former NFL Most Valuable Player, analyst for The NFL Today, and WFAN morning talk show host
 
“In Coaching Confidential [Myers] looks back at some of the most controversial moments in NFL history and gives us those ‘Oh, that’s what happened’ answers we have all longed to hear.” –Cris Collinsworth, Commentator for Sunday Night Football and former Bengals Great—Cris Collinsworth, commentator for Sunday Night Football and former Bengals great
 
“Over the years Gary Myers has earned our trust and respect through the integrity of his stories. Because of that, the individuals in [Coaching ConfidentialI] are willing to speak with a level of candor that is rarely seen outside of locker room walls.”  - Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012, former Patriots and Jets running back, fourth leading rusher in NFL history

“Gary Myers has always been one of the best NFL insiders in the business. But as this book proves, if you thought you had all the inside information you needed on the players and owners and coaches he covers, well, think again.”  -Mike Lupica, New York Daily News


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307719669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307719669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko VINE VOICE on December 21, 2012
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The book has some nice stories around several current coaches and a few ex-coaches. It has stories on Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Andy Reid, John Fox, Joe Gibbs, etc. It was an interesting book. Below I describe a few tidbits I learned more about in the book that made it worth reading:
-A look at Sean Payton around Bounty gate. It was interesting finding out the rise of Sean Payton and then the big fall with Bounty Gate. I wish there had been a bit more detail on what made Sean Payton a good coach, but that wasn't the purpose of the book. The book is more about the lives of coaches, not about the football.
-I didn't know much about Sean Taylor, the Redskin player that was murdered in 2007. In this book you get a very good glimpse of Taylor as a man who was becoming a better player and a better person being stripped of his life by thieves. One of the highlights of the book.
-I am a Peyton Manning fan, so I enjoyed reading about John Fox with Tim Tebow and his reaction on getting Peyton Manning to come to the Broncos.
-The two chapters on Parcells are pretty good. I hadn't realized how much Parcells jumped from team to team. Not a very stable coach, but somehow he was able to get a lot out of his players.
-The chapter on how Tony Dungy and Andy Reid helped Michael Vick was great. It was a connection I hadn't made before. Dungy lost a son and Reid had sons with drug problems (one of which killed himself last August). They knew about giving a person a second chance. It makes sense that they mentored Vick. It was a very good chapter, it might be a chapter that helps people forgive Vick for the crimes he committed.
-Bill Belichick turning down the Jets job and more info on Spygate.
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I bought this book after reading Peter King's MMQB. He wrote a short passage from the chapter in the book concerning Redskin's coach Mike Shanahan. I was intrigued and bought the book. It is not bad but there is not much information that a die-hard football fan wouldn't already know. A lot of the information pertaining to Parcells and Kraft, Favre, Reeves and Elway have already been covered in great length by documentaries in the NFL network. There is some information in these chapters that I haven't seen before but otherwise it is pretty much re-hashing of known feuds and controversies. I loved the Jimmy Johnson chapter but felt it ended without looking too much into the feud between Jerry Jones and him.

There are some bits and pieces that only reporters are privy to, that is sprinkled in the book. But otherwise it is not an eye-opener by any means. And the author often repeats statements in chapters - i wonder if he wrote the chapters in a disjointed fashion and hence he had to re-state the same issues from other chapters.

My recommendation - if you are a die-hard football fan, pass on it and borrow it from a library. For people who are not so familiar with the NFL this will be a good primer into recent NFL history.
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I found Coaching Confidential to be greatly entertaining and a fast, good read.

The author, Gary Myers, seems to be on close terms with a number of the big name NFL coaches and this allows him access to the stories of these great leaders.

Is it a rehash of other books and TV shows? Probably not a lot in this book is new to the knowledgeable fan but Myers writes in a way that is interesting enough to hold your attention.

I must admit that sometimes reading the stories was like sitting with the author at the local pub with him chopping and changing stories every so often. That is not a bad thing, it just takes a while to get used to.
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This is a great book that takes the reader into the front offices and the minds of NFL execs and the coaches involved. How and why coaches are hired and fired...or not...are explored here. It is written in a very reporter like fashion and I would have liked a little more drama. BUT, for ANY NFL FAN, this is a MUST READ!
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Coaching Confidential was a fun book, nothing that will change the course of world events, but a light read. I would say that, for the average fan, there really isn't too much ground-breaking information but, rather, confirmation of what one already suspected. My only negative was with the author's rather rambling writing style that made the book seem, at times, disjointed. All-in-all, it's a keeper!
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Really insightful book on several different NFL coaches. I really liked the section where Myers talks about Sean Payton's suspension. It was a good book, but not quite what I expected. It focused a lot on different tragedies in coaches' lives, such as Andy Reid/Tony Dungy family troubles, or Sean Payton being suspended. But it was an enjoyable read.
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There were a few stories that were interesting and different but if you want to learn about how the coaches interact on a deeper level then this is not the book for you. Many stories were repetitive.

Edited: I appreciate to what extent the author had access to these fascinating coaches but the stories from coaches like Andy Reid, Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy, etc. were less in depth than their own books making it seem like I was just reading a shorter summary of their own autobiographies or biographies. I guess I wanted more unique 'confidential' access. My recommendations - go read Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, and the War Room describing Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff of the Atlanta Falcons.
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