Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Even with its quirks and bugs, NFL Head Coach 09 is the type of game that will silently siphon away hours of your free time. Sitting down at night after the family has gone to bed to get in an hour or so of game time only to discover that all of a sudden it’s the middle of the night and your eyes are straining.
  2. Massively upgrades and updates the PS2 original, making it more accessible through improved presentation and navigation of its deep roster management system. [Oct 2008, p.86]
  3. The vast depth of Head Coach is both its biggest strength and its Achilles' heel. [Dec 2008, p.122]
  4. 70
    It delves very deep into the actions of a head coach and, while most of it does feel like plodding through an endless stream of menus, there’s a good chunk of Monday morning quarterbacks who are sure to enjoy it.
  5. NFL Head Coach 09 delivers a deep and immersive coaching experience, provided you can overlook the outdated gameplay engine and lackluster presentation.
  6. This game is like your favorite team going from a 5-11 season one year to a 6-10 record the next. Regardless of whatever improvements have occurred, you aren’t going anywhere with that kind of record.
  7. But NFL Head Coach 09 only caters to a very select group of gamers, and even then, there are obvious shortcomings that will frustrate even the most hardcore fans.
  8. Between the NFL Network announcer that has the same canned sound bite for common transactions and the lousy framerate of the in-game action, there’s a decidedly second-class-citizen feel from the get-go.
  9. The process of getting through an entire four quarters is quite tedious, even to the most patient NFL gamers used to selecting plays and executing them on field.
  10. Between the NFL Network announcer that has the same canned sound bite for common transactions and the lousy framerate of the in-game action, there’s a decidedly second-class-citizen feel from the get-go.
  11. 60
    NFL Head Coach is a decent value when considered as part of the 20th anniversary Madden NFL 09 package, but doesn't quite do enough to merit a purchase for the standalone version.
  12. 25
    I love the idea of plotting out my draft board, targeting free agents, cutting dead weight, and juggling the salary cap. But Head Coach 09 just left me frustrated and angry.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Drejones
    Aug 17, 2008
    7
    The presentation is better, the graphics better, but the gameplay and goal setting are frustrating, especially when some GMs don't give you much to work with. On one end, you may do the right things for the long term and no one appreciates it, and you end up like DePodesta. The other extreme, you try to make the GM and the fans happy, and you end up like Bill Bavasi. However, it does allow for better scouting tools, extensive personality typing, and allows teams to scout on pro days, workouts, combines, etc. Two steps forward, one step back. Decent game that needs to clean a few areas. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    2
    My wife picked this up in the bargin bin for me. I played it for a few days but returned it. The good is that it has about the best off-season mode of any EA game to date. The bad is that you don't get to control the players and the graphics are on the level of Madden 95. So what's the point of having a football game if you can't play football? Back to the store it went. Full Review »