The Education of a Coach

Halberstam delves into the strange genius of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Halberstam gives us less a recap of the victorious Pats seasons than an exploration of the sort of rare intelligence that can form a team out of fiercely individual players in a business that breeds cults of personality. He makes a special point of Belichick’s relationship with his father, and of Belichick’s peculiarly selfless temperament.