We’ve been hearing that Michael Holley has been working on a new book, and he’s dropped bits and pieces of hints here and there in his radio appearances. After noticing a placeholder on Amazon.com for “War Room” by Michael Holley, I decided to look around some more.
I found what I was looking for on the Harper Collins Catalogs web site, which has a listing for the book. Here’s the description:
Sports commentator and bestselling author Michael Holley will follow three NFL teams from training camp 2010, through the Super Bowl, and into the April draft, providing a new look at Belichick’s influence, which has now spread from the Patriots to other teams, particularly the KC Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.
A little further down, it expands on the description:
This is a football book with three central characters: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Michael Holley will follow Belichick, Pioli, and Dimitroff through the entire 2010 season—from training camp 2010, through the Super Bowl, and into the April draft—exploring the personal connections of the three men and the increasing influence of the Patriot way. Belichick and Pioli have been friends since the 1980s, when Belichick was a young coordinator for the New York Giants. They worked together in Cleveland, New York (Jets) and New England. In 2008, Pioli left for Kansas City to build a Midwestern Patriots model. A year before Pioli left, Dimitroff was the surprising top GM choice of the Falcons, who dreamed of building Patriots South in Atlanta.
The culmination of the narrative will be all three men preparing their teams for the lifeblood of the NFL, which is the draft, as all three franchises seek to improve themselves through similar philosophies but perhaps different strategies.
Here is some final information given on the page about the book:
- Michael Holley will have unique access to all three NFL teams throughout the entire season. And, during the three days of the draft, he will be in all three draft rooms. (Because of the labor uncertainty in the NFL, the 2011 draft just might be the last draft in league history.)
- The minor characters in the book make up some of the most iconic names in league history. Bill Parcells is Pioli’s father-in-law; Chiefs coach Todd Haley is the son of Dick Haley, who is the most visionary scout in football the last 40 years; Belichick is the son of the late Steve Belichick, whose “Football Scouting Methods” book was one of the early bibles for football evaluators.
- Holley is following head coaches from three NFL teams: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Atlanta Falcons, providing three distinct and devoted fan bases that will come to this book.
I’m pretty sure that 2011 is not going to be the last draft in league history. But it’s a nice tease!
- Michael Holley is the author of the bestseller PATRIOT REIGN, which has sold more than 100k copies. Holley is in the inner circle of Boston sports media and is very connected. He was a sportswriter for the Boston Globe for ten years and currently cohosts the Dale & Holley Show on Boston sports radio station WEEI.
OK, so they need to update that last bit.
Overall, this looks like a very intriguing project, and it will be interesting to see how far Holley has come since the writing of Patriot Reign and what access he was given for this book, especially from the Patriots.