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Book Review: Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches by Gary Myers

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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.

About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.