Ian O’Connor’s Belichick is a deep and substantive dive into the life of a man many recognize as one of professional football’s greatest coaches. It is a football junkie’s delight, providing generous detail about a man whose football destiny was declared almost at birth ... Belichick’s tremendous success in New England is already well-known to both fans and detractors. I will let them debate his qualities elsewhere, but they are well-detailed in O’Connor’s book.
This is an unauthorized biography ... So instead of 457 pages of hero-worship puffery, we get a fascinating, unvarnished history of what made Belichick the coach he is today. You’re not going to find out why Malcolm Butler didn’t play in the Super Bowl, but if you want to know why Bill is the way he is, this is the book for you ... we’re particularly interested in named sources providing examples of young Bill Belichick bending the rules to gain a competitive edge — including doctoring a college teammate’s lacrosse stick to gain an advantage while avoiding detection from officials. It’s Spygate/Deflategate 101 ... My personal favorite story in the book comes from an anonymous assistant who worked for Belichick when the Hoodie coached the Browns from 1991-95. Belichick likes to test his assistants and can be downright diabolical.
Ian O’Connor’s biography ranks among the best in regards to the NFL. Not surprisingly, Belichick didn’t grant any access to O’Connor. That didn’t stop the author, as he conducted more than 350 interviews for the book. The end result is a comprehensive profile that manages to dig deep under Belichick’s famous hoodie ... O’Connor shows how his legendary partnership with star quarterback Tom Brady also is complex. Beyond that, the many inside stories from former players and associates seek to humanize a man who gives up so little of himself to the public. This is an important biography, as O’Connor provides a greater understanding of arguably the greatest NFL coach of all time.