No NFL head coach makes more of an impact on winning than Bill Belichick, and one of the reasons for that is the astounding amount of preparation that goes into game planning for every opponent.
The New England Patriots coach collects a wealth of information to find every potential weakness in an opponent. One of his former players, quarterback Doug Flutie, went on the "Rich Eisen Show" on Monday and gave an interesting, in-depth look at the amount of detail Belichick goes into before each game.
“The thing that amazed me was the amount of information Bill would take in early in the week to prepare his gameplan,” Flutie said. “He has people reading every article. Every comment that comes from an opposing locker room gets read, filtered through. The amount of information you can pick up from all the interviews the other players are doing — the things they say about a gameplan, they don’t mean to be telling it. But there is a lot of information that’s given away.
"That’s why Bill Belichick is the most boring interview in the country. Bill is not going to give you one thing. He’s gonna get on top of his guys not to say a word. Be generic, be bland, don’t give away information because there’s a ton of information to be given away. It amazed me, in their scouting reports and in their gameplans, how detailed they could be and how right on they could be because of information that came out of a press conference.”
These remarks from Flutie prove that Belichick's boring press conferences aren't just an act. He knows other coaches have the ability to find weaknesses or valuable information about his team if he is honest with reporters during media availabilites before games.
The margin for error is so slim in today's NFL, which means any bit of extra information could prove vital. Belichick is smart enough to give his opponents as little information as possible, and in doing so, leaves them less prepared than they'd want to be. It's one of the many reasons why he's clearly the best head coach in the league, and why the Patriots are the most consistent team in football with 16 consecutive 10-win seasons.
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