This is Why the Patriots won the Super Bowl

By | February 5, 2019

[February 5, 2019]  It’s been said that leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.  While life and sports are about doing exactly this, only those who are best organized can actually succeed.  Sunday evening, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams in a tough game: scoring 13 – 3.

Sports experts will tell you that the Patriots won because they had a better offense/defense, or a better quarterback or coach, or they had more possession time, or had more grit and determination.  While this might be arguably true, there are other reasons the sports “experts” will not mention.

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” – Vince Lombardi, American football coach

Foremost in any team that wins is a sense of belonging that permeates everything they do and think.  A winning football culture is difficult; beyond the comprehension of most of us.  While all successful sports teams have great organizations behind them, those that infuse the heart of their sport are those that will win the most.

We’ve seen this before.  From the Tom Landry Dallas Cowboys, the Mike Krzyzewski Duke Basketball Team, the Joe Torre New York Yankees … coaches have been at the center of those teams.  When competing with exceptional athletes in a competitive environment, those organizations lead by great coaches, make the difference in true champions.

Sports organizations are an overlooked part of a team’s success.  Here at, we bring this to light.  The coach/leader who effectively leads this organization makes the difference.  Alexander the Great once commented that he was “not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; but of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

Coach Bill Belichick will give credit to his Patriot football team and his well-oiled professional support organization.  You don’t hear much about Bill Belichick and that’s the way he likes it.  His football players are dedicated to him, to the Patriot culture of quality football, and are accepting responsibility for all things that make the team better.

This is why they won the Super Bowl and have done so many times.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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25 thoughts on “This is Why the Patriots won the Super Bowl

  1. Tomas C. Clooney

    I’m passionate about football (American style). What I don’t like are coaches like McVay who pride themselves on being PC in a non-PC arena. I hope this costs him dearly. Sean McVay, a little advice, keep your mouth shut about politics. We aren’t watching because of that, we just want a good game. Oh, and I agree with others who pointed out the depravity of so many Super Bowl commercials that attempted to lecture us from their perceived high horse.

  2. Bryan Lee

    During a press conference before the Super Bowl, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said the team was “undecided” on whether to accept an invitation to visit President Trump at the White House.
    Now, the team won’t have to bother making the decision: Only winners get invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    1. Ronny Fisher

      Everyone who follows football knows that the LA Rams’ playing in the Super Bowl was surprising because the organization was simply not that good. This was a one-time fluke. And, Coach Sean McVay is a FLAKE. As some have already stated, he needs a brain transplant.

  3. Kenny Foster

    Good article today, Gen. Satterfield. I too enjoyed the game. Thanks for another way to look at a winning team.

  4. Doug Smith

    I watched the game and enjoyed it immensely. It was not the most exciting but nonetheless it was a close game (which I like) and the final winner was not determined until the last few minutes; just like I like it. I’m a Dallas Cowboy’s fan but watching a good game is always a great way to spend the afternoon. But I also agree with others here that the commercials were subpar.

  5. Martin Shiell

    The NFL is getting to “sissy” for me. It used to be a manly sport. Now it’s for men who dress in cheerleader outfits and tutus.

    1. Tracey Brockman

      At least the players are real men (well most of them anyway). Now I hear they are looking for a transgender quarterback so they can say they are sooooo tolerant. I see more failure on the horizon. The Patriots are a great team. But can it stand the tide of Political Correctness?

    2. Eric Coda

      Good one, Martin. Please be careful what you write. I nearly spit up my morning coffee thru my nose. Maybe I should set my hot coffee down on the table before I read these comments.

    3. Greg Heyman

      You said it. I too dislike the NFL and its poor leadership. Too many double standards and shifting morality.

  6. Wilson Cox

    Personally, I’m a New York Giants fan so I didn’t care who won or lost. I watch these games to be with other like-minded sports fans. We were at my home and I had about 25 good friends and family members over. Had a wonderful time … who won? Hahahahaha

  7. Willie Shrumburger

    The football game might have been okay but I truly hated the halftime show and the commercials were awful (with a few exceptions).

  8. Dennis Mathes

    I didn’t watch the game and couldn’t care less about professional football. I used to be a huge fan until they started infusing politics into the game. That has caused great consternation in my family. Now we just watch Netflix channels. A good British “who dunnit” is always better than the NFL who don’t even follow their own rules.

    1. Nick Lighthouse

      I’m boycotting all American professional football and so is my family. Thanks Dennis. Well said.

    2. Wesley Brown

      🙂 Loved your comment. I no longer watch it either and for the same reason.

  9. Eva Easterbrook

    Thank you for the analysis. I see the sports commentators going nuts on the Patriot’s win. I guess they are just all a bunch of liberal nutjobs who love to hate.

  10. Max Foster

    I only watched the half-time show and the last half of the game. Overall, I was disappointed. Yeah, the team played okay but nothing too exciting and I don’t like being lectured by a bunch of tightwad, pinko big businesses who paid millions for a commercial that wasn’t entertaining.

    1. Janna Faulkner

      Right on comment. I too hate being lectured to by sanctimoneous numbskulls.

    2. Dale Paul Fox

      No wonder why I like this comment forum so much. 🙂

  11. Len Jakosky

    Correct. I think they both had grit and determination. In the end, it was experience, great organizations behind them, and a little luck.

    1. Scotty Bush

      All thumbs up on your comment. I don’t think anyone could disagree with this. However, what most “experts” leave out is the coach, general manager, support staff (medical, admin, logistical), and fans. Yep, fans are a part of this. Have a great post-Super Bowl day.

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