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Best of the 2010s: Ranking the 10 greatest Patriots wins of the decade

Best of the 2010s: Ranking the 10 greatest Patriots wins of the decade

Even if we were to lop off the entire first half of this Patriots dynasty -- an entire decade -- what the Patriots have done since 2010 would still qualify as one of the greatest runs any franchise has put together in NFL history.

Three Super Bowl titles. Five Super Bowl appearances. Eight AFC Championship Games. Ten AFC East crowns. It's mind-boggling. Narrowing down the list of big wins to 10 is equally disorienting. The ones that resulted in Lombardi Trophies are obvious, but after that . . . it's an eye-of-the-beholder situation. 

Your view of the rankings might differ from mine, but no matter which way you go, the end result is the same: It's been a pretty good time to be a Patriots fan.

 

 

Bill Belichick gives great insight into Julian Edelman's Super Bowl success

Bill Belichick gives great insight into Julian Edelman's Super Bowl success

Want Bill Belichick to give you detailed, insightful answers?

Just get him in a room with an NFL Films crew and start rolling some game tape.

NFL Network will air two New England Patriots-centric documentaries Wednesday night: "Do Your Job Part III: Bill Belichick and the 2018 Patriots" and "America's Game" which focuses on the Patriots' postseason run to Super Bowl LIII glory.

If NFL Network's teaser videos are any indication, the documentaries will be must-see TV. Exhibit A: This 38-second clip from "America's Game," in which Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels break down why Julian Edelman was so successful against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

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Belichick's explanation is actually pretty simple: By putting Edelman in the slot, the Patriots forced the Rams to either move a cornerback inside in man coverage or match him up with a linebacker in zone coverage.

Most importantly, Belichick and McDaniels were in lock-step with the strategy of feeding Edelman, as McDaniels adds the Patriots' mindset was to "ride this until we can't."

The result? Edelman tortured the Rams in the middle of the field to the tune of 10 catches, 141 yards and a Super Bowl MVP award.

If you want to see more of Belichick and McDaniels, you're in luck: "Do Your Job" focuses heavily on the relationship between head coach and offensive coordinator.

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NFL Network's Patriots 'Do Your Job Part III' focuses on Belichick-McDaniels relationship

NFL Network's Patriots 'Do Your Job Part III' focuses on Belichick-McDaniels relationship

The NFL Network documentary "Do Your Job Part III" that debuts on Sept. 4 on NFL Network chronicles the Patriots' journey to their sixth Super Bowl title, but in doing so, it also focuses on the relationship between Bill Belichick and his top assistant, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

That collaboration began in 2001, when McDaniels was an entry-level assistant for Belichick on the Patriots' first Super Bowl-winning team.

"He was basically teaching me how to work at his level," McDaniels recalls in the documentary, "[By saying] 'no, it’s not OK to be good. It’s not OK to be detailed most of the time. What I want is as close to perfect as you can make it.’ ”

“It’s hard for me to imagine anybody being a better leader and a better role model for a young coach,” McDaniels says “He gives you responsibility, and then he lets you do your job. Because we’re not being micromanaged, that gives you confidence, and then you start to build trust. That’s just how a good organization works, and he fosters that every day.”

In turn, the teacher says he's taken lessons from the student.

"I've learned a lot from him," Belichick says in the film. "He has a perspective that's valuable for me to understand."

The defensive-minded head coach said he rarely sees things differently than his offensive coordinator when it comes to game-planning.

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“I give him a little bit of input, but 90 to 95 percent is his plan, his vision,” Belichick says. “Rarely do we see things that differently. But sometimes there will be things that I suggest. Sometimes he’ll say, ‘I think that would be great,’ and sometimes he’ll say, ‘I don’t really think this is the right time for us to do that. Here’s the reason why.’ And he’s usually right.”

The inside look at the relationship - as well as this week's retirement of Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck, may help explain McDaniels' last-minute decision last offseason to turn down the head coaching job in Indianapolis.

In fact, the film opens with the ring ceremony at Patriots owner Robert Kraft's house earlier this summer, where Belichick is seen saying, “Josh, I’m glad you didn’t go to Indianapolis. Let’s start with that.”

It's a Patriots night on NFL Network Sept. 4 with "Do Your Job Part III: Bill Belichick" at 8 p.m., followed by "America's Game: 2018 Patriots." 

 

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