(CBS Local Sports) – In the past two decades, the New England Patriots have built what is arguably the largest dynasty in NFL history with six Super Bowl championships, 17 AFC East Division titles and 16 direct playoff appearances. Patriot owner Robert Kraft, New England head coach Bill Belichick, and former Pats quarterback Tom Brady were the three driving forces behind this unprecedented success.
In his new Simon & Schuster entitled “The Dynasty”, the author Jeff Benedict writes everything about one of the greatest series in sports history and tells stories that have never been told before about Kraft, Belichick and Brady. Although much has been written about the Patriots, Benedict believes fans will learn a lot about the franchise and a partnership between Kraft, Brady and Belichick.
"I don't think I've ever worked harder on a book than this," said Benedict in an interview with DJ Sixsmith of CBS Local. "I've never written about this team, I've never written about the Patriots, and I'm not a football writer per se. I came in with a clean blackboard, except I knew I was going to write about the best sports franchise we have seen in this century, I think from all sports. I was most interested in how they built this winning machine and how they kept it going for so long. "
While much is known about what Belichick and Brady accomplished on the field, Benedict was particularly interested in their story and relationship off the field. But without strength, Brady and Belichick might never have got together.
“The virgin territory was the backstory of how the patriots became a dynasty. I think that goes back to that odyssey that Robert Kraft began in 1971 when he became a season ticket holder and the Patriots were essentially a brand new franchise. They were a terrible franchise too. He thinks that one day he would love to own the team and his perspective is that of a fan who sits in the stands with his kids every Sunday. Once he gets to the point where he sees a way to win the team, it's such a cumbersome path to take. He bought parking spaces, bankrupted the stadium, and then became the team's landlord. He essentially owned the owner at the time. "
In the book, Benedict provides details about Kraft's rise in business, the patriots who nearly move to Connecticut, Tom Brady, the Bill Parcells / New York Jets saga, and the ending between Brady and the franchise. Although there are many defining moments in this dynasty, the author decided to start his book at the most important point with Drew Bledsoe's injury against the Jets in 2001.
“The backstory of Tom Brady and how he got to New England, we all know the elements of it, but here you can see the formation of that Everest chip on his shoulder. It just keeps getting bigger and that becomes part of its competitiveness. This is a big story and spans 25 years. I specifically chose to devote four chapters in this book to the 2001 season. For me, this is the turning point for this franchise. One of the things that is so crucial this year is Drew Bledsoe's injury. "
"I open the book in the hospital when he's undergoing a procedure and when he wakes up he sees the three men standing over his bed: the coach, the owner, and the quarterback. At this point, no one would imagine he was the core the greatest dynasty in football history. If you hit 2001 and Brady steps in, it won't be a tough decision for Belichick at first as Bledsoe is out and you put in the next man. If the going gets tough, Bledsoe will be for medical Play cleared. He should have got back on the line-up. He was on a $ 100 million contract and was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He should get his job back and here you see the courage and conviction of a young head coach in Bill Belichick, sticking to Brady and Kraft's decision not to intervene when Bledsoe wants to, Bill Belichick continued his career on T om Brady and Brady coupled his car to Belichick. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick changed the sport forever. "
Benedict's book is available wherever books are sold, and check out all of DJ Sixsmith's interviews from "The Sit-Down" series here.