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Guts and Genius

The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came to Dominate the NFL in the '80s
Narrated by: Jamie Renell
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

How three football legends - Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Parcells - won eight Super Bowls during the 1980s and changed football forever.

Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Parcells dominated what may go down as the greatest decade in pro football history, leading their teams to a combined eight championships and developing some of the most gifted players of all time in the process.

Walsh, Gibbs and Parcells developed such NFL stars as Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, Art Monk, and Darrell Green. They resurrected the careers of players like John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Everson Walls, and Hacksaw Reynolds. They did so with a combination of guts and genius, built championship teams in their own likeness, and revolutionized pro football like few others. Their influence is still evident in today's game, with coaches who either worked directly for them or are part of their coaching trees now winning Super Bowls and using strategy the three men devised and perfected.

In interviews with more than 150 players, coaches, family members and friends, Guts and Genius digs into the careers of three men who overcame their own insecurities and doubts to build Hall of Fame legacies that transformed their generation and continue to impact today's NFL.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Bob Glauber (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Glauber shows in fascinating detail how each coach built a foundation for success both on the field and in their relationships with owners and players. This has been a great season for football books...and this one adds to the treasure trove." (Booklist)

"Football began to climb to the heights it reached today in the 1980s, in large part thanks to Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs. Bob Glauber perfectly brings together these men, with that time, to give us a glimpse of the greatness behind the guts and genius." (Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL reporter and author of The Man I Never Met: A Memoir)

"The extraordinary careers of these coaches are expertly interwoven to create a delightful and insightful read." (Library Journal)

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Outstanding football history of the golden years of the NFL

This book fills in many gaps that is, as football fans, simply don’t have access too in real time. It also links events that are easy to timeline, but have scant background and nuance. It’s packed with gems and information that give context to the games and players of the era. Simply outstanding. If you like football and want to link today’s coaches, schemes, ideas and concepts; this is an absolute must. Thankfully I came across it via Peter King’s podcast. I’m grateful to him for the insight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-19

Didn't Hook Me

Took me a long time to get through this one. The information is sound. It's just a little dry. Any humour doesn't really come across through the delivery. Three great coaches who deserved to have their stories told. At times their methods kept me in. But overall just okay.

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  • jeff olson
  • 13-05-19

very good book!

I appreciated the insights and recollections this book offered. If you like football, history, and strategy, this book will not disappoint!

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  • C. R. Hoyle
  • 10-02-19

If you loved football in the 80s give it a listen

Growing up a cowboys fan in the 80s I didn’t particularly like any of these coaches but what an enjoyable listen. Seeing coach Gibbs as the no profanity offensive mastermind wasn’t what I expected nor did I think Coach Walsh would be so emotional since his persona was so cerebral. Coach Parcells seems like a great mind and mentor as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Robbie
  • 10-01-19

Captivating!

Loved it. Narrates a fascinating period in nfl history. The influence of these three men reverberates to today's NFL, a testament to their genius!

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  • Dan Davis
  • 25-11-18

Guts & Genius

As a leader and NFL fan, I LOVED the stories and messages! I shared it with my son