Football returns to our screen (TV or computer) this week with the NFL exhibition games this weekend including the Patriots’ inaugural winner against the Eagles last night. Pre-season is a time for embracing failure. The games literally do not mean anything…except from the learning and preparation that you get from them. And the Patriots embrace failure possibly better than anyone stemming from the culture fostered by Belichick and Brady. Globe sports writer Julian Benbow describes the importance of this part of the season in his article “For Brady, practice shouldn’t be perfect” (another Dad thanks)…

  • “’A lot of times you learn from your mistakes,’ the Patriots quarterback said. ‘You have to make the mistakes to learn from them. You never know how tight a window is until you throw it and it’s too tight. So you try to force the ball in certain areas and you learn and say, ‘I can’t do that. You install new plays and you run them over and over and you try to identify all the problems when they come up and make good decisions.’…If there’s a time to make a mistake, it’s on the practice field. …’There’s some balls that you try to stick in there and you learn that you just can’t do that. Then there’s other times you learn that, ‘Yeah, I can.”’ Belichick preaches pushing the limits, building confidence, but at the same time setting realistic parameters…In Brady’s case, even after throwing for a career-high 5,235 yards last season, there are always things to improve…‘But if you never push it to this point, then I don’t think you ever really know how far it can go.’ It will never be perfect.”
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