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  • Summary: NFL Head Coach 09 provides a complete NFL experience, offering a variety of different ways to control an NFL franchise, on and off the field, in-season and off-season. With strategic game planning features, NFL Head Coach 09 places gamers in the coach's seat by allowing gamers to comprehensively scout the opponent, build playbooks, and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and system of an NFL franchise. The sideline is your playing field in NFL Head Coach 09 - gamers can make adjustments to plays and game strategies in an instant. The outcome of every game depends on game-time decisions made on the sideline. Success depends on proper preparation and knowledge of the opposing teams’ strategies, as well as expert and timely play calling. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  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. The interface is considerably easier to navigate than the menu-heavy original Head Coach. [Sept 2008, p.69]
  3. It's a daunting video game, one that lacks a tutorial mode and assumes you know something about coaching, but if you consider yourself the next Bill Belichick (without the spying), NFL Head Coach 09 is an essential purchase and a good companion to the upcoming season.
  4. Madden without the ridiculous button combinations equals uncoordinated football fans dream game!
  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 NFL Head Coach 09 delivers a deep and immersive coaching experience, provided you can overlook the outdated gameplay engine and lackluster presentation.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. 25
    Nothing says a simulator can't be fun. 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.

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  1. dafdfa
    Sep 6, 2008
    very fun and addictive, go to to see a list of the bugs and the workarounds to them. very rewarding to take the dolphins to the playoffs in year 2 and win the super bowl in year 5. only gripe for me is that the eagles, bucs, and colts always do good in year one, theyve always made at least the confrence championship in the 10-15 careers that ive done Expand
  2. TylerH.
    Nov 17, 2008
    A very deep coaching experience. I really feel like I'm the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (my favorite team). Their are aspects of the game I like such as Health and Fatigue, Play Creator, Live auctions for players in the Free Agency, Contracts, Trades with other coaches, and the Draft. One of the features I enjoy in the Draft is Pick the Pick, A feature that allows you to pick the computer's pick to gain approval from the fans, media, owner, coaches, and players. The music also fits the game. The only aspect of the game I do not like is the actual games, They are very Defensive. The kickers cannot make a 30 yard kick, I'm talking about the most accurate kickers in football. I highly recommend this game. Expand
  3. KeithWynn
    Sep 22, 2008
    First Head Coach game for me. Interesting game play. Interface and menus load way too slow. No tutorial. Incredibly difficult to meet the owners deadlines. During the game you are ask to make risky calls in situations where you would never take risks. This game is pretty boring after the first 8 hours. Meticulous & worrisome. However, there is a great simulation in there somewhere - it just may take 5 more releases to get there. Expand