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Finding the proper balance

FOXBOROUGH, Mass - Bill Walsh would get away from football by 9 p.m. the night before a game while Jimmy Johnson obsessed over details right up until kickoff. Bill Belichick’s pre-game ritual falls somewhere in between.

“It depends on the situation,’’ he said. “There are games where on Saturday night you stay up and want to go through something one more time. Then there’s other times when you watch a college game on TV or you just go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep and start in the morning. It’s just how you feel at that point and time.’’

In the end, it comes down to his comfort level of certain aspects in the game plan.

“Sometimes you go through the Saturday night meeting with the players and something comes up and if you’re not sure then they’re probably not sure and you need to go back and do it one more time,’’ Belichick said. “I’m not going to be able to get to sleep until [I say], ‘I have to get this straight in my head before I can get it to them.’ A lot of times you come out of that meeting feeling, ‘We’ve got it, we’ve just got to go play,’ Each week is different.’’

---Rodney McKissic


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