NFL Head Coach 09



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"Just like Madden without the cool bits"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The most surprising thing about Head Coach 09 is that it is from EA Sports which is about the most trusted name in sports sim gaming and this may be the weakest EA title I have played. I don't say this lightly and as someone who actually coaches American Football (surely the smallest niche market in NZ) you'd think this would be a dream game. However, it lets itself down on a few things that really affect playing satisfaction even for hardened football fanatics.

These are mostly to do with the actual in game play. The graphic quality, player A.I and coach response options are all disappointing. The game is also let down by it's Play Creator which is limited in it's route choices and more advanced linemen schemes such as zone blocking and D line stunts.

That said however, if you like sport management type games Head Coach ticks a lot of the right boxes. It's depth of off field work and decision making is at times intense, everything from scouting draft prospects, negotiating free agent contracts and keeping the fans happy is a lot to juggle through the off season and is really challenging. The only issue here is that the game doesn't allow for gut feeling or emotional decisions and dictates that you really only coach or GM by the numbers.

Although I have some disappointments I am still playing it because of the sheer challenge of building a championship team in one of the toughest leagues of any sport in the world. I bought it on one of MightyApes excellent sales and if you like this type of game give it a go but do buy it at the sale price.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent managment game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This game is very in depth. You can take as little or as much responsibility as you want. If you want to take the whole thing it can take a long time, so if you enjoy being hands on & taking complete control this will suit you well. Not quite what I thought, but still a different take on your usual game. Control in-game plays, although there is no actual game play. For what it is designed to be, it is a great game

"Awesome management game!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

For those of you who have enjoyed LMA manager and other such sport manager games plus into NFL this is definitely the game for you.

The level of detail is quite amazing, with current and some old players from a range of great NFL teams to choose from. So if you have one personal favourite or many then you'll definitely enjoy the game.

It also tests you on your knowledge of the game, since you're the coach you make all the strategic gaming decisions!

Not many sport management games on a PS3 which is disappointing but that's where NFL Head Coach comes in. I bought this game from mighty ape at a great price so very happy with my purchase :)


NFL Head Coach 09 is a unique NFL experience that gives gamers the power to make decisions that define their career and ultimately the fate of their franchise as a head coach in the NFL. The game 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.

  • Play Editor -- If you love NFL Head Coach and the Madden NFL football franchises, you will love the ability to build your own playbook and export them to Madden NFL 09. In the first fully featured play creator for a next generation football game, users can create new plays and use them in their playbooks. You can even create plays in-game to defend against unexpected plays from your opponent.
  • Active Sideline -- Coach your team to victory with all of the excitement of game day from the sideline. NFL Head Coach 09 features a fully populated sideline where players interact, coaches coach and everyone reacts to the on-field drama. Utilize game planning and assistant coach’s input to make the decisions that will define not only the game, but your career.
  • Live Events -- With the help and input of real NFL head coaches, a brand new auction like “mini-game” was created that allows you to make key decisions like free agents, trades, and hiring new assistant coaches. All of these events could involve counter offers from other teams that require instant responses or risk of losing the opportunity. Defining Moments -- All head coaches face defining moments throughout their coaching careers. At critical moments in the game, you will be presented with a choice that will impact your future as a head coach. If it’s 4th and goal with one second on the clock, you’ll need to make a decision. Do I kick the tying field goal or do I go for the win? The choice you make and the ultimate result has a big impact on your approval rating which affects everything from game difficulty to job security.
  • Coach Clipboard -- The Coach Clipboard is a revolutionary new way to interact with a sports game. Every major event is surfaced to you and all other pertinent information is at your fingertips through the Coach Clipboard. Keep track of your score and your to-do list through the clipboard.
  • Off-Season Management -- Scouting in NFL Head Coach 09 plays a major role in your year. The off-season can make or break a team’s upcoming season. The goal during scouting is to unlock as much as information as you can about each player in order to get an accurate read on his true over rating and more importantly, his potential. The NFL Draft is the offseason’s biggest event and you’ll have the chance to draft the next superstar. Draft events include dealing with your draft board, trading up or down, trading future draft picks, and trying to guess what opposing teams will do with their picks.
  • Online -- NFL Head Coach 09 Gamernet allows players to create gameplay content. Users can upload any created plays to Gamernet (? Do you mean EA SPORTS™ World?])and then download, rate and view any plays they see. If you think you can match wits online with opponents, NFL Head Coach 09 will allow players to battle it out in a quick head-to-head matchup where your coaching skills are put to the test.
Release date Australia
September 11th, 2008
Game Platform
  • PS3
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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