A behind-the-scenes look at the high-pressure lives of NFL head coaches
Coaching Confidential chronicles a year in the life of an NFL head coach. But not just one head coach. A composite portrait is drawn through interviews with at least 20 current and former head coaches (including Super Bowl winners such as Bill Parcells, Tom Coughlin, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy, Sean Payton, Mike Shanahan, Dick Vermeil, Mike Holmgren, Brian Billick, and Joe Gibbs), taking us through the professional and personal challenges of the job. This book covers the draft, free agency, big trades, training camp, family crisis, player troubles, coaching relationships with members of the staff, coach-owner dynamics, rivalries, Xs and Os, the playoffs--all the way to the Super Bowl.
Just getting to Sunday is almost a relief for NFL head coaches. It's during that three-hour window 16 days a year when they can simply concentrate on what they do best, which is trying to win football games. But the job is, of course, much more than that.
At the annual National Football League's owners meeting, a group photo is taken of all 32 teams' head coaches, and those faces change significantly from year to year, according to longtime NFL reporter Myers (The Catch). In 10 ten revealing chapters that read like hard-hitting magazine pieces, the author explains why, revealing the intricacies of one of the highest-pressure, highest-profile jobs in sports. Today's head coaches receive just three years to make the playoffs before getting fired, and the strain on personal lives can be tremendous. Based on one-on-one interviews, Myers chronicles the trials and tribulations of coaches past (Dick Vermeil, Bill Parcells, and Jimmy Johnson) and present (Mike Shanahan, Rex Ryan, and Sean Payton). In fact, the author was at NFL headquarters when league commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for his role in the New Orleans Saints's so-called Bountygate. He also delves into the famous Herschel Walker and Peyton Manning trades, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs's handling of safety Sean Taylor's 2007 shooting death, and former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren's initial impressions of Brett Favre. 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.