Summary: This is a very nice game for the PS3. However, if you're looking for amazing graphics, or light gameplay, I wouldn't recommend it. The major downside for me is that it is a VERY hard challenge. I mean, frustrating hard, not rewarding hard. Of course, I'm talking about factory settings, which can be adjusted. Apart from that, the title is a great fun for people who find the "Manager Mode" in the regular Madden franchise to be a bit shallow.
Summary: When I saw the features list for Head Coach 09, I got excited. Most of this stuff (that they refuse to put in Madden for some reason) is great, and I think this is the most realistic and truest to life Football game made. That being said, It has major flaws. While they added quite a few new features, I feel it's a downgrade from the original Head Coach. There are many glitches that make the game nearly unplayable.
Summary: Jury is still out on this game for me. I've owned the game for a week now. Created my own coach and it gives you a rating on the level of difficulty for that particular team. You can start in the 2008 preseason or being at training camp. I always elect the offseason. Contract situations are all actual. However unlike the current NFL rules when you make a trade you still get a cap-hit.
Summary: You really must be a die hard football fan to enjoy this game. I can see the potential for a limited crowd to enjoy this, but it requires quite a bit of patience and dedication to become fully involved. The actual game day coaching is so painfully boring that it almost feels like they focused all their energy on behind the scenes stuff. I was hoping for a more interactive experience when calling plays, but it gets so repetitive and robotic that it can put you to sleep.