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In Bill’s Culture We Trust

by Chris Fay


With Tom Brady out and third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett at the helm in week 3, the Patriots rolled to an easy win over the Houston Texans, leaving the rest of the league wondering, “How do they do it?” NFL analyst and PCA National Advisory Board Member Steve Young summed it up best, “Team culture won tonight’s game.”

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At Positive Coaching Alliance, we define culture as the way we do things here. For Bill Belichick, the culture he promotes and protects is a set of standards and expectations his players and coaches understand and adopt; it is the Patriot Way.

Belichick’s team culture can be defined by a few principles.

  • “Do Your Job.”  Focus on controlling the controllables, and know and accept your role.
  • Next Man Up. No excuses, no distractions. Any player may be the next man up, and the team must come together as a unit to overcome adversity.
  • No Player Is Bigger Than The Team. Belichick gets on Brady the most, and “it sets the tone for the entire team,” according to his teammates.
  • Players Adapt To What Is Best For The Team. Not the other way around.
  • Team Chemistry Over Individual Talent. Even if it means cutting future Hall of Famers, fan favorites, or a gifted linebacker.
  • Focus On The Present, Not The Past. How many times have you heard “we are on to the next game”?

The Patriots are a dynasty in a league and in an era that celebrates parity. Love them or hate them, their greatness and run of domination is undeniable. The Patriots may prove to be the best team on Sunday, and they have their team culture to thank for it.

Chris Fay joined Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) in August 2016 as the Partnership Manager of its New England Chapter with the hopes of expanding its mission throughout the region of changing the culture of youth sports.

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