The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower (Paperback)
 
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The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower (Paperback)

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    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 whe......more

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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 itís not about collecting talent, itís about assembling a team---quickly led to three Super Bowl titles in four seasons. Itís 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 NFLís unlikeliest superpower. Price takes the reader inside the franch...

Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for the last ten years, working for ESPN.com, SI.com, 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.

Author:
Price, Christopher
Genre:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Football
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
322
Language:
English
Publisher:
Griffin
Publish Date:
09/02/2008
Copyright Year:
2007
ISBN:
9780312384852
Height:
8.5 in
Wdth:
5.75 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.7 lb
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