Bill Belichick is perhaps the greatest coach in the history of the National Football League. A thoughtful, yet not particularly verbose coach, I've always loved his interviews. One of my favorite Bill quotes has always been:
“My personal coaching philosophy, my mentality, has always been to make things as difficult as possible for players in practice, however bad we can make them, I make them.”
This echoes my own belief. We would like to make sure that our players are prepared for match play, and the tougher we can make practice the better. Now, to be clear, the most important thing is to keep players injury free, hence our emphasis upon warm ups, cool downs, stretching, prehabilitation work, etc... However, the harder and more awkward and difficult and arduous we can make practice, the more we make winners!
*full disclosure, I'm a Pat's fan... much love...