Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League, is a three-time Super Bowl champion and one of the winningest coaches in the history of the American sport. The overriding philosophy for Belichick and his teams has been a simple one: “Do your job.”
In May 2013, at a sports symposium, Belichick described the basics behind his philosophy:
“What I’ve always told our team, and what I thoroughly believe in, is that every member of our team – players, coaches, support staff and so forth – is a shareholder. They have a share in the team. Are they all exactly equal? Of course not, but they’re all shareholders. Every member of the team has an opportunity to show positive leadership or negative leadership. That’s really what it comes to. The question for that person is ‘How are they going to do that? How are they going to control that?'”
Belichick went on to state that in order to be a positive leader, an individual can do four things: “Be prepared, work hard, pay attention to the details and put the team first.” He went on to say, “It also means playing to your strengths and overcoming weaknesses.”
The Patriots head coach realizes that not every player at his disposal is of world class caliber. “They still have shortcomings, but we get them to play to their strengths,” Belichick said. “Their deficiencies don’t get spotlighted.”
It’s time for David Moyes to take a lesson from Belichick and just do his job.
First off, David Moyes needs to take full responsibility for what has gone on at the club this year.
To his credit, the Scottish-born manager has picked up the pre- and post-match script left behind by Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes doesn’t divulge any team news prior to matches and is vague, if not repetitive, in his post-match interviews.
But instead of stating: “We created some great chances” after lobbing a footballing record 81 crosses during a 2-2 home draw versus Fulham, Moyes should have stood in front of the interviewer and stated: “I have to take the blame for this one. I didn’t put my players in a position to succeed tonight. I should have done better on my part. The players followed the game plan, but it just wasn’t good enough on my part.”
Of course people will say that a manager can’t make a statement like because he would get crucified in the media.
But if it’s a true statement…why not? It’s not like Moyes wasn’t hammered by the press following that match anyway.
A few days ago, after one of the worst European performances in the club’s history, Moyes did attempt to take the blame for his team’s effort. But fans are still left with the feeling that the manager doesn’t think what is going on at the club is his fault.
“I take responsibility,” said Moyes. “It’s my team and I always front up.” The Scot added: “It was a really poor performance. We never really got going and we didn’t deserve anything.”