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Jan. 5, 2020 — The end of a simple philosophy?

For the last 20 years, this site has been making note of what makes successful teams in the sporting world, and the very important role of coaching and making the right people buy into that coach’s philosophy.

The greatest example I have seen in all of sport the last few years is the connection and leadership between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

Belichick has one simple mantra, one which has actually made its way as a series of mini-documentary programs by NFL Films.

The mantra: “Do your job.”

So simple. And yet so difficult.

When I watch teams like the Eastern field hockey and McDonogh girls’ lacrosse, there is certainly something to be said about how just about any coach could win with the talent pool on the teams that have won games, seasons, and championships. It wouldn’t happen without a coaching staff who knows not only how to put the right talent in the right positions, but who also know the players most likely to buy into the system.

In other words, the players who would do their jobs.

After last night’s New England loss, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether the partnership between Brady and Belichick will continue. That’s up to ownership and whether Brady wants to go through another season.

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