Context: As difficult as it is to release a guy, what’s the experience like to tell a guy who is fighting for a roster spot that he has made the 53-man roster?
“It’s a good moment, but it’s a castle in the sand. It could be gone very, very quickly.”
“As much as you want to say “Nice job. You made the team,” they’re not a permanent fixture on the team.”
“You keep your job by earning your job on a day-to-day basis.”
“…Players, younger players especially… they make the roster… then feel like they don’t have to do as much or that they’ve kind of arrived at a certain point, and a few weeks later other players pass them by and their situation changes.
That’s not uncommon at all.”
“The competition level is moving up now, not down.”
“Some players will rise with that, that competiveness. Competition will push them up. Some of them, it doesn’t work that way.”
“They’re here… as long as they’re doing their job and they’re dependable, and reliable, and consistent and improving.”
“Mental toughness, consistency, resiliency, dependability, being able to do it day after day after day at high level”
“Once that curve starts to head the other way, I would say it probably isn’t going to last too long.
If they can’t figure that out, then they’re probably going to suffer the consequences.”
Bill Belichick | 09/03/2016 | Press Conference
“Show up and win every day. Coach always… says, ‘Guys, this is a big day.’
Every day… it’s a big day.
He says it in May. He says it in July. He says it in December…
Approach every day doing the best you can do… All… days are important. They mean something… String them together and [it adds] up to winning.“
Tom Brady | 12/22/2016 | Press Conference
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“From my standpoint every day is an opportunity for us to get better. I don’t think you just get better in games. I don’t think you just get better in one game… Each day we come in here… and work together to try and improve… Situations will come back up or fundamentals and techniques will occur so that improvement will usually have an opportunity to manifest itself in another situation or similar situation that can be used… You take small steps every day. Those pile up after days, weeks and months together… We do things better now than we did a few weeks ago. We did them better a few weeks ago than we did them a couple of months ago, which is the way it should be… I would say not necessarily exciting process, but a necessary one that you just grind out day-by-day and I think eventually when you do that you’ll start getting better results.”
Bill Belichick | 12/19/2016 | Conference Call
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“We try to coach and correct every play; good plays and plays that aren’t so good regardless of what happened.”
Bill Belichick | 12/5/2016 | Conference Call
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