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Super Bowl coaches: the leadership of Carroll and Belichick

Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talk at midfield before a game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, October 14, 2012, Seattle, Washington (Credit: USA TODAY/Joe Nicholson) The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet this weekend in Super Bowl XLIX (Super Bowl 49 for the less Roman numerically inclined among us). While neither team is short on personalities and star players, they are perhaps best known for their coaches. While Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, head coaches of Seattle and New England respectively, have both built their successful runs around a culture that brings out the best in their players, they have taken what appear to be dramatically different approaches to doing so. Yet despite the apparent dissimilarities, we can learn much from the leadership styles of both men to help us in our walk with Christ today.

The first lesson is that both coaches have found success by staying true to their respective systems, even in times of trial. Earlier this season, both teams faced periods of adversity that had many analysts questioning whether or not the systems in place were still effective. In both cases, the coaches maintained confidence in the system they had set in place and the results are clearly demonstrated by the fact that they have gone a combined 20-2 since those moments of doubt en route to winning their respective conferences.

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