After winning Super Bowl 51, New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addressed the crowd at the parade and said: “No days off”.
I don’t know Bill on a personal level so there is no way I can come close to suggesting I know the true meaning of his statement. I have read numerous tweets and have seen some pictures of Coach Belichick relaxing on his boat or golfing, many accompanied by the caption “No Days Off”. Things can be misunderstood, taken out of context, or simply ridiculed out of contempt for another’s success. It is difficult to argue against Bill Belichick being the best head football coach the NFL has ever had.
For anyone who finds it difficult to understand what exactly is meant by “No days off” I’m going to offer a few possibilities.
In my years as a defensive coordinator in the NFL I would preach to the players to truly reach their potential they must have a dedication amounting to an obsession. When you have a day off you may not be going to the training complex but football is never far from your mind. Some of the best of my football ideas came when I was off or technically not working.
I could be relaxing on a boat, at the beach, on the golf course or working out. I have had some brainstorms regarding my job in every one of those situations. When you have a passion for what you do it is never far from your immediate thought and there are times when ideas pop into your mind with no conscious thought.
If truthful, many pros admit there have been days or at least a day at work when they took the day off. Meaning they didn’t give that workday the focus, attention to detail, effort and enthusiasm necessary to do their job well. If every team member went to work on work days with the proper training mentality, there would be many great teams.
It is possible that “No Days Off” means do your job every time you go to work. He might have been referring to himself only as the Head Coach. The Head Coach of an NFL organization, even when not in the office, is working and truly has “No Days Off.”
There is one other possibility…and that is only a couple days after the greatest Super Bowl comeback victory ever, he might have done something uncharacteristic and was being humorous!