How To Beat The Patriots

Attached is an awesome article about How to Beat the Patriots by Michael Lombardi from It has some awesome information in here for not only coaches, but leaders in any area. Enjoy.

Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh always wanted his assistants to play talented rookies in September knowing full well that the mistakes they made in September would help refine their habits by November and December, when mistake-free football is essential.

And this executive — an analytically inclined type — could care less how many titles the Patriots had won; his data did not support the value Belichick placed on the kicking game. And you know what? The value isn’t in the data; it lies in the culture. Building a team’s toughness and quality of execution can’t always be quantitatively measured.

In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain wrote, “The best swordsman in the world doesn’t need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn’t do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn’t prepared for him.”

The only play that matters is the next play, and that play will require 100 percent dedication and concentration.

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