Amid turnover, Pats should not worry

The departures of an offensive coordinator and GM within days might send other teams into a spin, but not the Patriots. That's because Bill Belichick IS the system, Seth Wickersham writes.

Originally Published: January 15, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

There are very few total head coaches in the NFL. You know, guys who possess such a mastery of football that they can coach any position -- and coach it well. Most can't, unbelievable as it sounds. Most are glorified coordinators -- hello, Wade Phillips -- or motivator types -- cheers, Mike Singletary -- who delegate strategic decisions to their assistants. Guys have won Super Bowls using this business model.

The problem with being so dependent on a coordinator is if he leaves for another ...

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