“In the biggest moments,” Belichick said from a postgame podium, “when we had to play our best football and compete the hardest, they did it.”
That about sums it up.
A click of the pic yields the full story. It’s time to stop hating them guys, and admit that something is at work here. Edelman gets drafted later rounds as an undersized quarterback. They turn him into a WR, and then this. Are you kidding me?
As a developing center and coach on training wheels, Belichick closely studied Heisman winners Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino and other Navy players as they treated every practice, every detail, with extreme urgency. That was the Academy’s culture in Annapolis, where the midshipmen were trained to make life-or-death decisions. Phil McConkey, one of Steve Belichick’s players in the 1970s, said Belichick “was the toughest coach I ever had by far. He wasn’t only preparing us for football, but to be combat officers in the U.S. Navy.”
Steve’s only son was profoundly impacted by Academy discipline and drive and built his football teams around the notion that every minicamp session in the spring and every preseason game in the summer should be treated with the intensity of Game 7 of the World Series. That’s why the Patriots are the Patriots. That’s why Belichick has won as many Super Bowl rings as a head coach as Don Shula, Tom Landry and Bill Parcells combined.