"'Tis a happy thing to be a father onto many sons..." Shakespeare, King Henry the VI, Part III
It's the week that some of us have been waiting for: the week when the Denver Broncos will wrestle with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have a relationship and a friendship; the roots of both go deep. They are far more than mentor and disciple. They are currently professional equals, and their teams will meet on a level playing field and fight for victory in a single contest. It's a great story, and a great opportunity for the Broncos. Many will be the discussion of each team's strengths and weaknesses, and that's as it should be. I wanted to know something a little deeper.
I love to study football; its history, its systems, coaching, scouting, formations and schemes, film breakdowns and stories. I love to know where the players come from, what has driven them, why they traveled the road that they have. And I've been just as interested in its coaches. for those that know me, I also promise to keep this one substantially shorter than Winston Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples.
Back in the early years of the 21st century, Bill Belichick took over the New England Patriots in a time of low expectations. The Pats were a team of tradition, it was true, but theirs was a tradition of losing. In fact, the first year that Belichick was the head coach, the Pats only had a record of 5-11. If that had happened to Josh McDaniels, the 33 year-old head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009, McDaniels might have been ridden out of town on a rail. But learning the story of Bill Belichick helps you to understand Josh McDaniels. Bill's story contains the principles, errors, strengths and successes that young Josh McDaniels would later use to create and carry out his own theory of team building. This is the story of how the Broncos are being built - and why it's working, the first time. When he came on, he noted that his whole life was been a preparation for becoming a head coach. This is the story of the experience that Josh McDaniels drew upon - the one that put aside the need to come in and have a bad experience before succeeding as some of his detractors insisted would happen.