Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL

GRIDIRON GENIUS                                       MICHAEL LOMBARDI

Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in Gridiron Genius, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again.

In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. Gridiron Genius will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard?

To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script everything: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. First stop: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. Spoiler alert: He always nails it.

Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, Gridiron Genius gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.


Mr. Lombardi uses this book to talk about what he has learned about winning football teams. Of course, most of the time is spent with the years he worked with Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick. Really you cannot go wrong with either one of those two men, but to be fortunate to have worked with both is truly amazing. You are taken through the guise of a team and how it starts at the top and what is expected of everyone including office staff, etc… There is a grading system of players before the draft and then another right before, and of course how both Walsh and Belichick would trade down in the draft and the value in receiving those extra picks. You are also shown how some of those picks helped form some of the better 49 niner teams. He spends little time speaking about his time with Al Davis and most of that is because Bill Walsh worked for him at one time and so he felt a lot of information was already passed on. I really enjoyed the time he talked about Cleveland and the men working for Belichick there and for taking us the readers behind the trades of the 49 Niners when they were putting together those super bowl teams. Overall a good book which I found entertaining. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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