Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$4.23
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Used Good copy may have signs of cover wear and/or marks on corners and page edges. Inside pages may have highlighting, writing and underlining.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion Hardcover – September 21, 2004

4.3 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$3.50 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Enlightening...An X-and-O guy’s dream…the best thing I’ve read on football in recent years...Superb.” (Peter King, Sports Illustrated)

About the Author

MICHAEL HOLLEY is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Patriot Reign, Never Give Up (with Tedy Bruschi), and Red Sox Rule. He was a Boston Globe sportswriter for ten years, and he is the cohost of The Big Show on Boston sports radio station WEEI. Holley lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060757949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060757946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By J. Redding on September 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am neither a Patriots fan nor a Bill Belichick fan. But, because of this book, I have an immense amount of respect for the organization and the man. My favorite parts of the book are when Michael Holley, the author, goes into detail about game plan and scouting strategy. Here's one example.

When the Patriots played the Rams in the 2002 SuperBowl, they were expected to get steam-rolled, especially since the Rams had blown them out earlier in the season. As Holley explains, Belichick's strategy in the first game had been to do everything possible to pressure the Rams QB, Kurt Warner. It didn't work, and Warner picked the Patriots defense apart rather easily. Before the SuperBowl, Belichick began thinking that maybe the real key to containing the "greatest show on turf" was to disrupt Faulk, not Warner. So, instead of having his d-linemen and linebackers go all out after Warner, Belichick instructed them (over and over again) to first hit Faulk (if he was in the vicinity) in the backfield and then rush. Also, Belichick and his staff told them never to assume that Faulk was staying home to block--it was always a decoy. The Patriots were also taught that the Rams never run the same play out of the same formation. Even if it looks like the same play they saw 15 minutes ago, it's not. The strategy worked, and Belichick's defensive genius trumped the offensive genius of Mike Martz as the Pats won their first SuperBowl.

Holley also does a good job of describing Belichick's desire and tendency to challenge commonly held (but not well though-out) football assumptions. During the 2002 post-Championship season, the Patriots were right around .500 and playing poorly.
Read more ›
4 Comments 55 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I liked the book, I thought Michael Holley did a decent job, but it should've been better. He said on a couple of occasions that No one from the Patriots interfered with the book, So I expected him to go deeper. For instance, The combine section, the stuff he wrote about was great (about Brandon Lloyd and the overall process)but giving us examples from the interview of players that the Pats actually did draft and the things they liked about them would've been a logical and more meaningful addition to the section. I felt that the sections of the book that dealt with the 2002 and 2003 seasons were filled with generalities. Other than in 2002 they were old and not focused and in 2003 they were more prepared, I didn't get that much out of it. Instead of just telling us a quick blurb on the scouting of Brady, and how much they loved him, maybe enlight us as to why they didn't draft him sooner. It may sound like I'm nitpicking, but as I was reading I was expecting to read some of these things as natural extensions of what I was already reading and time and time again it didn't happen. There are other examples of this, but it might unfaily portray this as a bad book which it absolutley isn't. Belicheck's issue with Tom Jackson, his relationship with Parcells, Pioli, His coaches, Lessons he learned, his playeer evaluation process the stuff on the 2001 Super Bowl, Belichecks relationship with the media in general, all great stuff, but it just should've been better.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Michael Holly's PATRIOT REIGN is essentially the exegesis of Bill Belichick's coaching methods in building the great Patriot teams that won three Super Bowls in four years. Having failed in his own eyes during his five years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (1990-95), Belichick did things differently from the start with the Patriots. First, his relationship with the owner had to be different than it was with Art Modell, who fires Belichick with a phone call. The anti-Modell is Robert Kraft. Always engaged and yet respect of Belichick's coaching decisions, Kraft was the one who allowe Belichick to be Belichick. Second, the players had to be fearless and smart, selfless and mentally tough. Tom Brady and Mike Vrabel might not have fit the perfect descriptions of an offensive and defensive player around the NFL, but to the Patriots they were the prototypes for success. They took in everything the coaches said, but they were always able to adjust in the moment. Third, the coaches understood Belichick and supported him, but realized that failure would be on them as much as the players. Fourth, always, always take away the strength of the other team. May the other team beat you in a way that they are not comfortable in doing. Holly weaves these four story lines throughout and the result is one of the best football books ever written.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mostly about BB but offers insight to the Krafts and the front office. Sprinkled with some players experiences and anecdotes. Actually had some good snorts/laughs at some points. All in all a good short read for any Patriot football fan. Only three stars because a lot of time spent recapping games. I would rather more time spent on how they prepared and 'deconstructed' a team. I did not know Scott Pioli married Bill Parcells' daughter. Good stuff like that in here too. I would recommend this book to a casual reader Patriot fan.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews