Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston has a really good look at New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and some of his motivational tactics, including the Monday morning film review sessions, which some players don't exactly look forward to.
Check out the full piece here but one part caught my eye. MacMullan quotes former Patriots (and Kansas City Chiefs) LB Mike Vrabel who said, after the trade to the Chiefs, he and Belichick didn't speak for nearly two years!
Vrabel had one year left on his contract when he went to Belichick in 2009 and told him he'd like to redo his deal. Within weeks, he was dealt to Kansas City.
It was a shocking and hurtful development for the proud linebacker, who had enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Belichick. Vrabel didn't speak to his former coach for almost two years after the trade.
Always a reminder that this is a business and not a game.
Vrabel has been off the team for a year now so this isn't relevant to today's Chiefs but the piece itself is a really interesting look at the motivational tactics Belichick uses.