Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL

Next Man Up A Year Behind the Lines in Today s NFL The NFL is one of the most secretive sports societies in America This book highlights the Balti Ravens one of the most watched NFL teams From the first strategy sessions of a new season to the last d

  • Title: Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL
  • Author: John Feinstein
  • ISBN: 9780316009645
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The NFL is one of the most secretive sports societies in America This book highlights the Balti Ravens, one of the most watched NFL teams From the first strategy sessions of a new season to the last down of the final game, it reveals the intensity, spirituality the near life or death drama of professional football.

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    1. John Feinstein

      John Feinstein is one of the nation s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date His most recent work Are You Kidding Me , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere In addition, he is an award winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television John Feinstein is a 1977 graduate of Duke University and spent 11 years as a sports and political reporter with The Washington Post He has also contributed to Sports Illustrated, The National Sports Daily, ESPN, CBS Sports and Golf Digest Presently he appears regularly on air at The Golf Channel and National Public radio and writes for The Washington Post, Golf Digest and The Sporting News He resides in Potomac, MD, and Shelter Island, NY.


    1. Had this book been just a chronologically ordered account of an NFL season with enough additional detail to fill in the blank spots - which it is -- I would have called it very good. But unfortunately, it is rife with pettiness and minor factual and grammatical mistakes, enough so that, just when you're really starting to enjoy the read, it all comes crashing down.For example, take these offenses, from Chapter 16 alone:-- Feinstein first says "The arrival of the Monday Night football crew in tow [...]

    2. John Feinstein is a very good writer who spends his time exploring the world of sport. If you care about the NFL this is an interesting book. If you care about the Baltimore Ravens this is a very interesting book. This book is kind of like a tour of sausage factory. You may end up knowing more than you did before but you may not like sausage as much. I liked Feinstein's book about the Patriot League basketball teams much more. Somehow the people seemed more closely related to the world in which [...]

    3. What a timely read this was! Ten years ago, the Baltimore Ravens were facing upheaval and change, internal and external struggles and public scrutiny. Sound familiar? Steve Bisciotti had just become the owner, taking over the team from the beloved Modells. They moved to their Owings Mills complex mid-season. Jamal Lewis was looking at prison time on drug charges. Key players were lost to injury, either for the season or significant periods of time. In the NFL, it seems, the characters change, bu [...]

    4. As a Brit with a passing interest in NFL when it comes round each year, I thought that this would give me greater insight into how everything works, particularly those areas that aren't covered ver here, such as the Draft. Having just read "Friday Night Lights", I hoped this would be a similar standard. That book also followed one team over one season, but managed to convey a whole world, the specifics helped define the whole.Sadly, the concentration on the Ravens in this book did not look out t [...]

    5. I had the privilege of meeting John Feinstein at the first National Book Festival held in Washington D.C. two days before Sept. 11, 2001. He has always been, and continues to be, in my opinion, the fairest sportswriter I have read. This book, "Next Man Up" give the reader an inside look at how a team drafts players, trains players, and prepares players who must take the place of injured players. I learned that it is not unusual for a team whose "long snapper" is injured, call a player who had be [...]

    6. A bit of a break from my usual genres.I'm not a huge fan of American Football (for starters I'm not American) but I know enough to follow the terminology. Also I read this thirteen years after the season in question. If it hadn't been 'spoiled' at the start I wouldn't have had a clue as to how the season panned out, which would have been better. But I fully get why Feinstein didn't go that route as most readers probably already know.I enjoyed the 'in the moment' parts the best. Especially the wh [...]

    7. This is one of my favorite books ever written about the NFL, because it focuses intently on the mundane. Gods battling in an arena makes for an interesting story when well told. Gods shooting cortisone into their knees because they're afraid of getting cut from the roster, and they need to fight through the pain? That's fascinating to me.A note - I read this for the first time perhaps ten years ago, and re-reading it NOW, after the dust has settled on the careers of most of the coaches and ALL o [...]

    8. This is really a four star book, with some insight into the world of the NFL but nothing that you couldn't have picked up just from the normal media. Players play injured. There's disagreements between coaches and between players. Religion, politics, playing time, and other differences don't matter as much when you're winning. Etc etc etc. However he gets a bonus star because of the Ravens - being able to spend a book flicking through details about the NFL team I support kept it interesting and [...]

    9. Every NFL fan should read this one! An amazing inside story of an entire season. This book made me respect even more the life of coaches, players and general managers of the best league in the world. You will finish it loving football even more!P.S. Best story: What players and other people in the league think about Daniel Snyder.

    10. As a man who knows very little about NFL football, aside from watching a few games on television, this 2005 John Feinstein expose on the Baltimore Ravens was an eye-opener, and also damned good. In "Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL," Feinstein expertly takes the reader inside the life of a pro football team from Draft Day and training camps, all the way through the last game of the season.d beyond.As an NFL team has less than 20 games per season, and given the fact that the of [...]

    11. Another behind-the-scenes look at the NFL (see also A Few Seconds of Panic by Stefan Fatsis). This time it’s the Baltimore Ravens, followed through their mediocre 2004/5 season. On the Ravens roster that season were a couple of the all-time great players, Ray Lewis and Deion ‘Prime Time’ Sanders (Lewis is still there) but this is a denser, more detailed narrative account than the Fatsis book and, to be honest, I found the last couple of hundred pages a bit of a slog. Nevertheless, interest [...]

    12. This is an average football book. John Feinstein really dropped the ball compared to his basketball and golf books. This book was stated to be about the next man up in football when injuries occur. However, he makes it more about each game and the personalities. This book is about the Baltimore Ravens. I'm not a Baltimore Ravens fan at all so I was more interested in what most NFL teams do during the week or summer and how decisions are made. If you have ever read a John Feinstein book then you [...]

    13. I should have read this last year when I was first trying to like football. Feinstein does a good job of impressing upon the reader what a phenomenon football is and selling the drama first. Unfortunately he can't sustain the excitement over a whole season's worth of events. I don't think this is a fault of the author but rather a limitation of the "cover one year of NFL games" format - as a person who documented a season's worth of NFL games I can tell you that it is difficult to keep it intere [...]

    14. A fine book if it is what you want. I enjoyed the background of a lot of the football operations. There were many good stories of how the coaches and ownership resolved disputes as well as how they evaluated players. That's what I came to this book for. However, every time a new individual is introduced whether it is a secretary or a minor scout or the new owner, you can be sure that the phrase "They were born in" is marching toward you dragging that individual's entire life story with it. I don [...]

    15. Feinstein was allowed full access to the 2004 – 2005 Baltimore Ravens locker rooms, scouting team, front office management, coaches, players, pr dept. – the whole deal.Interesting anecdotes from Head Coach Brian Billick, “I feel a little like the guy who jumps off the thirty story building and as he passes each floor on the way down, says, ‘So far so good.’ P. 436.Interesting behind the scenes, close up and personal stuff w/ Mike Nolan before he was hired by the 49ers, Ray Lewis, Jonat [...]

    16. The interest I brought into this book made it worthwhile to me. Even though I was very curious about the day to day operations of a modern football team, the book was still frustrating at times. Feinstein focused solely on the 2004 Ravens - a team I don't really care about. For this reason, I ended up skipping many of the numerous mini-biographies Feinstein includes throughout the book (apparently this is a reoccurring habit of his in all his books). Following one team definitely helped illumina [...]

    17. Sportswriter Feinstein gets permission to follow the Baltimore Ravens for a season with access to all parts of the franchise. The book is about the 2005 season older than I realized when I bought it. Still there is a lot of information about the waiver wire, how contracts are negotiated and all the egos and attitudes that comprise a pro football team. The centre of the focus is coach Brian Billick who comes off as bright and personable which makes me wonder why we don't see more evidence of thes [...]

    18. A thrilling, yet informative read, Next Man Up tells the story of John Feinstein's year spent in the Baltimore Raven's professional football organization. Unlike most books over football (and sports in general) this book takes a more personal approach to revealing the inner workings of the National Football League. My personal favorite section was the introduction of the book, where he tells the reader the struggles he underwent to be allowed to shadow the team for a year and gives a background [...]

    19. I'm a sucker for team-history books. Not just sports, but politics and military history too. I love seeing how teams encounter problems and if they can overcome them. John Feinstein gets a backstage pass to the Balitimore Ravens as they deal with drafting, internal team strife, high expectations and injuries. If this had been the story of a successful season this book would have been much less compelling and would probably have bordered on hagiography. As it is, the season described in the book [...]

    20. 2 1/2 stars. Pretty entertaining and readable if you are into football. I enjoyed how he spent the entire year with the team and shared all the highs and lows of the Baltimore Ravens disappointing 2004 season. There were many times I felt like the book could have been shorter and tighter and more enjoyable if Feinstein would have gotten off that soapbox he likes to climb up on. There were a few moments in the book that felt like they were added just so that Feinstein could take the opportunity t [...]

    21. Long, in depth analysis of the 2005 NFL season through the eyes of an embedded reporter - with the Baltimore Ravens.Does what it set sout to do - chronicles the purchase of the team by a new owner and then goes through an entire year from draft to end of season.Interesting, detailed, gives you a real sense of the players and coaches and what goes on behind the scenes. Ulitmately vaguely unsatidfactory at the end - makes you think "so what?" The point that it is a huge business but essentially me [...]

    22. The problem with this book is that Feinstein gets great access, but he doesn't ever write anything that that might be even vaguely derogatory about the club. When a player is confronted by a teammate about showing up to practice with booze on his breath, that's it -- no indication of more problems under the surface. When a star player quits on the team? A quick afterthought of how he hangs his head on the bench. While I wasn't looking for a tell-all of the season, I got the clear indication that [...]

    23. Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines In Today’s NFL by John Feinstein (Little, Brown & Co. 2006) (796.33264). The focus of this volume by John Feinstein is how NFL teams draft, train, and prepare players for their chance in the game. This opportunity usually comes when another player is injured and must be replaced; the replacement is the “next man up.” Feinstein was allowed unusual access to the Baltimore Ravens locker room and training camp to research this book, and it shows. My rat [...]

    24. Started this on the beach a few years ago and could not put it down. John blended sport, business and human nature and kept the tempo enjoyable. One regret- on our second to last day a friend mistaking lay packed it with her bag and returned to Connecticut. I still think about how relaxed and entertained I was leading up to the (my) abrupt ending to this non fiction. Maybe it was the ocean breeze, cold beers and the vacation good mood force field around me but I think any sports fan would agree. [...]

    25. I enjoyed reading the book. While it took a long time to set the stage for the parameters of the book, as you read it, you felt like you were in the locker room or sidelines during the games, and in the coaches or GM offices between games. He was in the room for many tough situations or decisions and was able to describe the situation though conversations or verse that let you draw your own thoughts. You learn the good and bad about people. Many teams probably operate the same way. If you are a [...]

    26. interesting, the telling involved more little vignettes about individuals in the ravens organization than i anticipated. junior's style is easy and approachable for those who pay way too much attention to football, and those who don't pay any attention. he also takes some shots at daniel snyder (redskins owner), which to a fan of his could seem cheap and gratutous, but to the real world seem appropriate.i'm not a ravens fan, so from that standpoint it wasn't as engrossing as it would be if it we [...]

    27. I've read this one & a half times (all the way through once, and then halfway through the second time). I appreciate the detail with which Feinstein was able to come away with. I also appreciate that the book details how difficult each NFL season is for each team, and that the team ended with a .500 record added a sense that the Ravens' season is perpetually difficult. Often times these sports books portray an individual or team as a heroic figure, a protagonist who summons superpowers to ov [...]

    28. The book covers the 2005 season so its a little dated but the names are very familiar. I didn't particularly like Feinstein's writing. There are definitely better authors covering sports but he does a decent job. The access he had for the book allowed him to write about relationships between coaches, players and the front office that I had not read about previously. This was a good post season read and I think it would also be good any time for hard core football fans. I can't see it appealing a [...]

    29. Over all worth reading, but sluggish and plodding at times. The author does a competent job of capturing the historical narrative of events, but the book severely lacks the sense of drama, inspiration, devastation, or desperation that comes weekly in the NFL. The story of this unremarkable season that began with high expectations is told too matter of factly and fails to really capture the souls of the players, coaches, managers and owners involved.

    30. I quite enjoyed this book. It was long, and a detailed read, but for a football fan bored of sports in the off-season, it was entertaining and educational. I am not a Ravens' fan, but I found myself caring more than I normally would about how their season progressed, and the personal struggles of the players and the coaches. Watching their games next season will most likely mean more to me after reading this book.

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