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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight on the Off-field NFL processes, 11 Mar. 2013
This review is from: War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team (Paperback)
War Room follows Bill Belichick and two of his former staffers running the football operations of three NFL clubs: the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons.

Belichick and his staff developed and refined a scouting (recruitment) system while working for the Cleveland Browns in the early 90s. After Belichick was fired many of those staffers moved around the league, a few stopping at the New York Jets, before Belichick was hired as the head coach of the Patriots, and hired many of the Browns' staff to work with him again.

The Patriots went on to make 5 Super Bowls over the next 12 years, winning three, and winning their division 10 times. While some of that success comes from coaching, most success in sports comes from the players. The Patriots scouting system, which feeds into college and free agent recruitment, along with their salary cap management is the cornerstone of that consistent on-field success.

Holley's book details that system, and the seasons 2001-2011 - which is enjoyable if you're a Patriots fan. It also follows Scott Pioli, the long-time Patriots head of personnel, after he moves to the Chiefs as General Manager, and Thomas Dimitroff in his role as General Manager at the Falcons.

Holley gets a significant amount of access and openness from players, staff and the principals.

A very enjoyable read if you're into the NFL.
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