Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/21/12
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It’s no secret that Bill Belichick will try to find any advantage possible. Bill love to test players, the mental toughness aspect is most important. The best way to evaluate players is against competition outside of your own team, and Belichick fully takes advantage of that option.

Belichick had two joint practices in 2010, against New Orleans and Atlanta. Those practices helped produce a 13-3 season, and the building blocks for the future.

It’s one thing to go up against the same players over and over; they can learn about each other and adjusts to make it look right. However, what happens when someone else is pulling the strings?
 When another coach on the other team can see a weakness, call his players over and plan to exploit that weakness. This is what Belichick craves, game conditions in practice, don’t ask him about the situation, just react and get it done.

“We saw a lot of things from the Saints that we haven’t seen working against ourselves,” he said in 2010. “They do a lot of things well, so there were a lot of things that we were able to evaluate and also adjust to. We can walk through them, we can talk through them, but it’s different when a good team does them and hurts you with them and you have to make those changes.”

Belichick further his point:“[There's] no better preparation for a game than working against the team you’re going to play. We’ve seen a lot in the two practices yesterday. We’ll see a lot more today. It’s been a great learning experience for our football team, not just the players but our staff as well.”

The Patriots practice as close to game conditions as possible, changing the situations, and being prepared is the key.

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