Football fans across the country were blindsided last night as the New England Patriots made a turnaround in the second half of the Superbowl. By 9 p.m., the writing on the wall was clear: the Pats would take the championship.
Sunday night, without any assistance from the electoral college, Tom Brady and the Patriots cemented their place in history by refusing to give up.
Daron Roberts, former NFL and founding director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, says the true engineer behind that avalanche at the end is none other than Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick’s success is thanks to his ability to form a unique style of coaching that works for his team, Roberts says.
“If you look at his track record, he spent a lot of time in the dungeon. He grew up under Bill Parcells and there are a lot of stories about how Parcell really beat up on the guy,” Roberts says. “It could have gone either way for Belichick because a lot of coaches in that position don’t emerge with their own identity, but somehow he found a way.”
Roberts says both coaches last night displayed admirable methods that bode well for their teams.
“The key takeaway is to be true to yourself,” Robert says. “Oftentimes it’s very easy when you come up under a mentor to try and dot his or her style, but you have two men here who got to that game using really their own philosophy and their own methods and they’re very different. Those philosophies put them in a position to get to the biggest platform in the world.”
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– How Bill Belichick and Dan Quinn got where they are now
– Why Falcons fans shouldn’t be worried about the future
– What lessons you can learn from last night’s game
Written by Morgan O’Hanlon.