ok, this is NOT madden. With that out of the way, this game is actullay not bad. Unlike madden where you call and follow your plays, this game, all you can do is call the plays and watch from the sides and hope for the best, just like a real NFL coach would do. You do have to keep up with your players needs and wants also. If you make them mad, they won't play good. If you keep them happy, they will make all those "hard to catch" catches. This game is pretty decent, it's a good game to play if you really want to think and gamble on plays. But if your looking for the original football video games that have been around for many years, stick with Madden.
The game is improved this year, without all the tedium the last game had (but still a lot of it). That's as far as I can go. While it kept my attention for 3 weeks, once I opened up NCAA 09' and Madden 09' I couldn't go back. Decent rental for something different, but still no real lasting value. And while the gameplay graphics aren't the focus of this game...they need to make it better than what they've thrown together here. I think with the new memory capabilities of disks these days, EA is better off making this a Madden feature rather than a stand alone title.
NFL Head Coach 09 is a video game that only certain people may like. It didn' surprise when i saw it had a rating of 5.1. This video game is NOTHING AT ALL LIKE MADDEN!!!! In this game you play a head coach in the NFL, NOT an NFL player. Before beggining your career, the game lets you pick one of two places in time to start at; the offseason before the NFL Entry draft or before tha preseaon, having the appropriate rookies on their real-life teams.
I enjoy this game a lot, and to people who may not be so good at the Madden games, I highly recommend it. Rather than picking the plays and executing them and determining the outcome yourself, you pick the plays and let the computer execute, so be sure to pick the right plays!
Overall I rated this game an 8 out of 10, only because the graphics and AI movement look like they came from sega.