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Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches    by Gary Myers order for
Coaching Confidential
by Gary Myers
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Crown, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

They plan and practice for days upon end but it really comes down to what happens on the field during a three-hour game, sixteen days a year. The life of an NFL coach, although lucrative, is not one most people would want to live.

In Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches, Gary Myers provides a behind-the-scenes look at the high pressure existences of some of professional football's best known coaches.

Having covered the NFL for over three decades, Myers used his contacts and the personal interviews he was given to pull back the curtain and expose one of the most secretive and demanding jobs in sports.

Looking at every aspect of the job from the draft, free agency, big trades and training camp to family crises, player troubles and coach-owner dynamics, Myers addresses almost every aspect of the head coaches' existence.

The men discussed here read like a Who's Who of the elite pro-coaching fraternity. The list includes Bill Parcells, Tom Coughlin, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy, Sean Payton, Mike Shanahan, Dick Vermeil, Mike Holmgren, Brian Billick, Joe Gibbs and many more present and past coaches.

You'll discover what Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms and Curtis Martin have to say about what it was like playing for Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson's insights on the famous Herschel Walker trade.

Tony Dungy and Andy Reid talk about the tragic experiences with their own children and how those sad events helped lead Michael Vick to Philadelphia. Patriots owner Robert Kraft shares his views on three of the biggest names in the coaching business: Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.

Capturing the win or walk mentality of the NFL and how it affects the lives of the league's coaches, this book is one that any football fan will enjoy reading. You've read the headlines about these folks; now it's time to get the stories behind the short media bites and limited print pieces.

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