Complete with player interviews, behind-the-scenes stories never told before, and content provided by several Patriots players themselves, Drive for Five provides a unique level of insight and access to the story behind the New England Patriots’ 2016 season.
Former Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin once compared his old team to a soap opera, and that was never more the case than in 2016. The simple truth is that this was one of the most eventful seasons in an already eventful franchise history.
From the fallout around Deflategate and losing their MVP-caliber quarterback for the first four games of the season to the support that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick showed for Donald Trump, there was a high level of drama all year long around the team, all the way until the most dramatic Super Bowl finish of all time. But honestly, the potentially divisive Trump Question and the Deflategate saga and the ensuing fallout were just a small part of it all.
There was the midseason trade of dynamic playmaker Jamie Collins for going off-script, the loss of all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski to another season-ending injury, the witticisims of Martellus Bennett, and the injuries to backup QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett.
But a remarkable run to the title – and the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history – ended up giving an emotional Brady his fifth Super Bowl ring and put the capper on a most memorable season.
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Praise for Christopher Price’s The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower
“In The Blueprint, Christopher Price enthusiastically documents the rise of the New England Patriots from decades of futility to recent prominence.…[Price] delivers a brisk narrative of the snake-bit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them.…He adeptly builds the thesis that the Patriots have succeeded through shrewd manipulation of the salary cap: they pay players for expected future performance rather than past performance (and ignore the outcry when they release favorite veterans).” —Jay Jennings, The New York Times
“The question, What was it like? is at the heart of most sports books, but in 2007, the best answers seemed to come from authors who focused on football. The Blueprint, by Christopher Price, offers a Moneyball-like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriots dynasty.” —Sports Illustrated
“Bored of the same talking heads and the same writers saying the same things, I purchased Christopher Price’s book The Blueprint last weekend, which was released before the 2007 season and attempted to put a Moneyball-like spin on the Belichick era. I liked the book and thought Price did a solid job explaining the philosophy behind the first three Super Bowl seasons, particularly how the Patriots built through the draft, scoured the market for free-agent bargains…and never sold out long-term goals for a short-term fix.” —Bill Simmons, The Ringer
“Christopher Price kept hearing people ask, How do the New England Patriots keep getting to the Super Bowl so often? So he sat down and wrote a book, The Blueprint, that attempts to answer the question in this dynasty-discouraging age of free agency, taut salary cap, balanced schedule designed to promote parity, egomaniacal owners, inevitable injuries, and the temptations that go with fame and fortune. It’s a fascinating book.” —Stan Hochman, Philadelphia Daily News
“Price’s research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair.…It has to be considered a winner.” —The Boston Globe
“Price’s account of the team’s elegantly simple transformation from league laughingstock (his stories of their 1970s foibles are legion and hilarious, to nonfans at least) to Tom Brady powerhouse is a breeze to read; neither pumped full of steroidal sports hyperbole or weighed down by bloated play-by-play.” —Publishers Weekly
“Football fans who can’t seem to get enough of the game will enjoy this profile.” —Booklist
Since the dawn of the millennium, no football team has enjoyed greater success than the New England Patriots, with 12 straight winning seasons, 10 playoff appearances, 5 Super Bowl trips, and 3 championship titles. Under coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have been a dominant force on the gridiron, a veritable dynasty in an era of NFL parity. But the history of this team, beginning long before the arrival of Belichick and Brady, includes more than 50 years of memorable games, all-star characters, and plenty of winning and losing moments.
Revised and updated to include the most recent NFL seasons, New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History immerses fans in the history of this beloved franchise through fascinating stories and hundreds of images. Award-winning sportswriter Christopher Price explores every era of Patriots football and introduces—or reintroduces—readers to all the team’s legendary players: from Gino Cappelletti and Babe Parelli in the early years to John Hannah and Mike Haynes in the 1970s; the surprise Super Bowl squad of Steve Grogan, Stanley Morgan, and Andre Tippett; the 1990s resurgence under coach Bill Parcells with Pro Bowlers Bruce Armstrong and Ben Coates; and up through the recent heroes like Wes Welker, Troy Brown, Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, and Brady.
Featuring tons of glorious photos of these and many other Patriot icons, images of memorabilia spanning the team’s entire history, and an appendix of individual stats and team records, New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History is the ultimate celebration of an incomparable football franchise.
From its nascent beginnings in the mid-19th century to today’s league that draws top pro prospects, major league scouts and media coverage from around the country, Cape Cod summer baseball boasts one of the sport’s most colorful and captivating histories. Featuring vintage photographs, thrilling game accounts, rare team records and insightful analysis, Christopher Price presents a compelling close-up of a treasured tradition.