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Game plan : the art of building a winning football team
Polian, Bill, author.
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Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, 2014.
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285 pages : black & white illustrations ; 24 cm
"Bill Polian, architect of the dynastic Bills of the '90s, the expansion Panthers that went to the NFC Championship their second year, and the Peyton Manning-led Colts team that won Super Bowl XLI, shares more than 40 years of foot ball wisdom in The Game Plan." --Book jacket.
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Audubon Library GV956.6 .P65 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library GV956.6 .P65 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library GV956.6 .P65 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library GV956.6 .P65 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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As one of the most successful general managers and team presidents in NFL history, few people understand how to create the blueprint for a winning football team like Bill Polian. After building the Buffalo Bills team that went to four consecutive Super Bowls and taking the expansion Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship just two years after the team's creation, he was responsible for the Indianapolis Colts drafting Peyton Manning with the first overall pick in 1998 and oversaw the team's victory in Super Bowl XLI. Now, Polian shares his blueprint for building a successful football team in The Game Plan . He details the decisions both a team needs to make in the regular season and the offseason to bring teams to the postseason and the NFL's ultimate test of a well-built team: the Super Bowl.

Author Notes

Bill Polian is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN. He spent 24 seasons as an executive with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Indianapolis Colts. He is a six-time NFL Executive of the Year. He lives in Cornelius, North Carolina. Vic Carucci is the senior editor of, a cohost on "Cleveland Browns Daily" on ESPN 850 WKNR, and a SiriusXM NFL radio host. He is a New York Times --bestselling author of many books about football, including the coauthor of Do You Love Football?! with Jon Gruden, No Excuses with Charlie Weis, and Sunday Morning Quarterback with Phil Simms. He lives in East Amherst, New York. Peyton Manning is a five-time NFL MVP, as well as the MVP of Super Bowl XLI. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Peyton Manning
Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Forewordp. 11
1 Soggy Lunches and Validationp. 15
2 Deciding on the Decision Makerp. 27
3 Escape From the Storage Closetp. 49
4 Searching for Something to "Shout!" Aboutp. 65
5 The Prodigal Quarterback Comes Homep. 89
6 Setting a New Coursep. 109
7 Managing a Strike...and Striking Goldp. 129
8 Hold the Sugarp. 161
9 You Never Roam Too Far From Buffalop. 183
10 With Expansion Comes a Lot of Contractionsp. 205
11 Tuning Out the Noisep. 223
12 On Draft Day, Let the Board Talk to Youp. 245
13 No Excuses. No Explanations. Turn the Pagep. 267

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