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10 Steps On the Road to Greatness
PETER KING
February 16, 2005
A modern-day Lombardi and old-school values have made the Pats the team of the 21st century
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February 16, 2005

10 Steps On The Road To Greatness

A modern-day Lombardi and old-school values have made the Pats the team of the 21st century

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9 THE BILL BELICHICK FACTOR

AT 52 BELICHICK, winner of three Super Bowls, doesn't seem close to burnout and never seems overly impressed by anything he's done. One thing a good coach must do in the NFL is have his team ready every week, regardless of how big the game is. Over the last two seasons Belichick's teams have won 34 of 37 games, an amazing achievement in any era. Hard to believe, but the win over the Philadelphia Eagles was just his 99th career coaching victory.

10 A CHAMPION'S MOTIVATION

LAST SUMMER, when Kraft assembled the team at his Boston home to receive Super Bowl rings, wide receiver Deion Branch said a few players opened their boxes, looked at the diamond-studded things and admired them ... for a minute. "Then one of the guys was like, 'Gotta get another one,'" Branch said. "I mean, there's nobody on this team, no one I know, who's happy like you'd think they'd be happy after winning a Super Bowl. With this team, the way we've been coached and brought up, we just want more."

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