First videos, new screens for NFL Head Coach 09

EA isn’t stupid. Far from it, in fact. Their first good idea was to bundle NFL Head Coach 09 with the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Madden NFL 09, since the coaching sim probably wouldn’t sell all that well by itself. Their second smart move was to give a hot girl, Amy, plenty of face time in the first videos advertising the game. Check out the rest of the videos at GameTrailers, and you’ll see some gems in the comments, like “I’d like to head that coach!” and “I only clicked this for the chick”.

In addition to the videos, EA sent over a brand-new batch of screenshots, and they’re looking pretty good. In fact, they look noticeably better (at least in terms of aliasing, or lack thereof) than the first images we saw, which I’ve also attached below for comparison purposes. Specifically, check out the New York Giants’ training complex to see what I’m talking about.

You can see the press release for these new screenshots and videos after the jump; it includes details on a number of the game’s features. NFL Head Coach 09 will be out on August 12th as a part of the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.

NFL Head Coach 09

On August 12, when the all-new NFL Head Coach 09 becomes available in retail stores as part of the special Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, consumers will discover an entirely redesigned NFL Head Coach game that will offer a complete NFL coaching experience. With deep strategic game planning features, NFL Head Coach 09 will place you in the coach’s seat, allowing you to scout the opponent, build playbooks, and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and system of your NFL franchise. The authenticity and depth of NFL Head Coach 09 is unrivaled; yet its reinvented design will allow you to navigate through the game with ease.


The in-game NFL Draft feature creates an authentic rendition of the NFL’s biggest off-season event. As the head coach, you’ll have the opportunity to draft your next superstar, trade up or down and receive draft pick suggestions from your coaching staff. You will have access to an extensive amount of information, but it’s up to you to make decisions that could create a dream franchise!


The heat is on as you negotiate contracts and make crucial choices about free agents and trades. You will be under pressure as the seconds tick away on the live clock while you attempt to execute on decisions that you believe are in the best interest of your franchise.


Because a coach’s playbook is fundamental to a team’s success, in NFL Head Coach 09 you will be able to build your own customized playbook with “Play Creator”. Play options are endless, as you will have the ability to create customized plays step-by-step. Your personal playbook will automatically be available in your profile when you load Madden NFL 09 and you can even share plays with users online.

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