Coaching Matters: Leadership and Tactics of the NFL's Ten Greatest Coaches

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Potomac Books, Incorporated, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
How much influence does an NFL head coach really have on a team??'s win-loss record? Is the head coach the most important member of a professional football team? What separates a great coach from an average coach? Author Brad Adler answers these questions and many others in the first book ever to examine the magnitude of a head coach??'s impact on an NFL franchise. "Coaching Matters" contends that great coaches will win regardless of the talent or conditions that surround them. Superior coaches will be successful despite the incompetence of the players or the losing atmosphere they inherit. Adler shows that the elite head coach, in and of himself, is capable of producing and sustaining victory. The title has a dual meaning. First, that coaching does indeed matter???much more than people believe. And second, Adler investigates how ???coaching matters??? are handled. He documents the careers of ten of the greatest modern-day NFL coaches and clearly establishes each man??'s significance relative to his team??'s success. The book examines the philosophies and tactics that helped distinguish each coach as a preeminent leader and innovator. It also analyzes how they conveyed their strategies and techniques and discusses the problems with filling the dual roles of coach and general manager.Finally, Adler identifies and evaluates the personality traits and characteristics most often associated with outstanding coaches in an effort to establish a reliable basis for implementing the systematic ???coach-predictor, ??? a method for gauging the effectiveness of potential NFL head coaches. "Coaching Matters: Leadership and Tactics of the NFL'S Ten Greatest Coaches" is the definitive book on NFLcoaching and a must-read for any football fan.

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