Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches by Myers is a thoroughly engaging book about the inner workings of the NFL League coaches, quarterbacks and key players. The author has centralized much anecdotal information, as well as personal experiences of coaches and players on the various teams into a single source.
This is just the sort of material to whet the rapacious appetite of NFL fans everywhere. The book covers free agency, big trades, player crises, boot camp, coaching inter-relationships with the staff, coach-owner relations and the grand prize–The Super Bowl.
For instance, Myers explains how Joe Gibbs coached the Redskins with wins in three super bowls and three different quarterbacks; namely, Joe Theisman, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien. After Sean Taylor died, Joe Gibbs essentially left the game to be with his family and friends. In the book, Gibbs is quoted as saying that Taylor was one of the top five athletes he ever coached.
Myers explained how Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick may have been the best coaches on any NFL staff. They won two super bowls together with the Giants and made it to one super bowl with the Patriots and one AFC championship game with the Jets before parting.
Myers secured various pictures. One picture showed Joe Gibbs and Sean Taylor sporting a Redskins team shirt. Another picture showed the Giants coach, Coughlin holding a Vince Lombardy trophy after the Super Bowl XLVI win. A third picture showed Dungy and his son James giving President Clinton a Buccaneers team shirt in the year 2000.
Gary Myers is one of the great NFL writers of our time. His attention to detail, relentless interviewing skills and love of the football game are evident in Coaching Confidential from start to finish. This work is a considerable conversation piece for sure. Coaching Confidential would be the perfect gift for the football enthusiast in your house.