Bill Belichick is one of the most celebrated current NFL coaches having won three Superbowl in the last 10 years. Aside from winning quite a bit, he also has a very good reputation for his tactical abilities and his ability to build teams through drafting and free agent signings. I’ve read a few things about him including a very good book by David Halberstam entitled “The Education of a Coach“. It came as a delightful surprise to learn that NFL Films had spent an entire season following him around with cameras (actually more like planting permanent cameras ‘Big Brother’ style around his workplace) and made a documentary out of it. I managed to track it down on the internet and watched it over the last week. I can’t say that I was struck by any eureka moments where the genius of Belichick was suddenly revealed, but it was interesting to see how he handled himself in different situations. For example, there was a certain lightness of touch in his interactions with players that surprised me a little. There was some great footage of him eating cup noodles while on a press conference call. But the thing that struck me the most was how honest he was in certain situations with his team leaders, particularly with quarterback Tom Brady. From about the 1:02:00 minute mark, the following youtube clip shows him talking to Brady after a particularly heartbreaking loss. Brady seems almost embarrassed by Belichick’s brutal honesty.
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