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Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Boston Celtics. He's one of the greatest leaders in modern sports. He's a brilliant, inspirational guy. His personality rubs off on every player he coaches.
No matter the situation, no matter their injury status, no matter who or where they're playing, Rivers has that team focused and ready to play its best. Every second of every game, the Celtics are trying to win.
So, when the Celtics lose, there's still a part of you that wants to pat the coach on the back and say, "Great try, Doc, you almost had it."
This isn't always the case with Bill Belichick after a Patriots defeat.
Often times, it seems like the Patriots show up with their heads crammed full of brilliant information, but they don't actually look ready to play. They don't always look prepared. They fall behind early, or build p leads which collapse. In-game adjustments fall flat or simply aren't attempted.
Mental errors and missed opportunities begin to snowball. Game management goes haywire. Execution fails. They turn tough situations into agonizing situations. Things fall apart.
I don't doubt that the Patriots are one of smartest teams in the league, but I question whether they're one of the most "football-ready" teams in the league. That deals with a different kind of preparation. It's the kind of preparation that the Cardinals, Ravens and Seahawks had.
The Giants had it, too.
I'm less concerned with the 3-3 record and more concerned that I'm never sure which Patriots team is going to show up.
This is an issue of preparation. It's an issue that Belichick needs to address.