Tony D’Amato je dolgoletni glavni trener nogometnega moštva Miami Sharks, ki se po številnih uspehih zdaj utaplja v slabih rezultatih. Tony ima težave tudi zunaj igrišča, saj se spoprijema z neuspešnim zakonom in odtujenimi otroci. Poleg tega mu sive lase povzroča še predsednica kluba Christina Pagniacci. Christina je trdosrčna poslovna ženska, ki dobro ve, da moštvo v zatonu ne prinaša dobička. Toda Tony z vsem srcem verjame, da zmage niso vse. Pod pritiskom, ki prihaja nanj s strani igralcev in Christine, se začne spraševati, če ima ukvarjanje s športom sploh še kakšen smisel.
When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, now coming into her own after her father's death. Christina's driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the marketing and business of football, in which all coaches and players are merely properties.