Joyner starts out by telling us, “After reviewing the game notes from the 2008 season, I am convinced that Bill Belichick is the NFL’s version of The Beatles.”
After listing the accomplishments of The Beatles, for so many years, he draws it back to Belichick by stating: Even after all of these years, no one comes close to having the same kind of grasp that he has on operating a football team.
He then lists out what he thinks are the core principles of Belichick teams:
- Make the game plan specific to the opponent.
- Build your team so that it can go after any of these weaknesses.
- Combine athletic ability with intelligence as often as possible.
- A team doesn’t need a great running back to win.
- If you can’t go after a specific weakness in your opponent, use every tool in the playbook to put your players into the highest percentage position possible.
- Don’t ask players to do things they aren’t capable of.
- The team’s psychological state cannot be ignored.
- Teach players how to do the high percentage things.
- Teach players that if the defense is giving you anything, take as much of it as you can.
- Know how to work the clock in very creative ways.
- Don’t let superstition get in the way of things.
- Don’t let a macho attitude get in the way of things.
Each of these points are expanded on in detail in the post. Well worth a read.