The Education of a Coach

“In a world where attention to detail was probably as important as sheer brilliance, where the people who took care of the tiniest details tended to be rewarded for it, the little details added up until they represented significant differences. He was the king of Post-it notes.”
“There is no celebration of any victory in the past—we’re all working for the next victory, the one yet to come. That’s all Bill—he doesn’t want the trappings of the past, doesn’t need them. He knows they lead to complacency. He does not allow complacency.”
“If you have to write it down, you don’t know it well enough,” a phrase Adams would later use about the team playbook before various professional quarterbacks and offensive linemen, though he would never reveal the source of the quote.”
“Nothing was left to chance.” Steve did not prepare with broad generalities, but with minutiae, detail after detail. Each player, he felt, should go into a game feeling he had a distinct advantage over the player he was matched up against.”
“He was already talking back in those days of trying to stop other teams, and he was saying that most scouts looked at other teams and thought that the most important thing was to find out what their weakness was, but the right way to do it was to search for their strengths and try to take that away from them, and make them do what they don’t want to do,” recalled Carter.”
“He understood that the key to success, the secret to it, was the mastery of the grunt work, all the little details.”
“Players respected coaches who could help them play better and who knew things that they didn’t know. That, more than anything else, he believed, defined successful player-coach relationships.”
“Though Belichick’s instinct was to coach defense—it was where he was pulled as if by some kind of magnetic force—he was also beginning to understand that if you were going to coach defense, you had to master the offense as well, otherwise you were only half a coach.”
“McCabe understood that the little things were not little things, because it was the accumulation of little things that made big things happen.”
“For Belichick, emotions were always to be rationed. Hard work and applied intelligence were more important than pure emotion. When things went wrong, you simply worked a little harder. If anything, you examined yourself more closely to see what else you might have done to improve things. You did not blame the fates. Others could do that.”