This may be a stretch, and I can only hope some of you have read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, but I'm bored and thought I'd throw it out there. Bill Belichick is Ender Wiggin. Consider the following: 1) Both are geniuses. 2) Both came into losing situations. Ender to a military academy following the invasion of Earth by aliens, BB to a broken Pete Carroll Pats team. 3) Both were brought in as reluctant saviors. Ender just wanted to be a kid, BB just wanted to coach football. 4) And here's the kicker, both seem to be intentionally stretched to their mental limit, which only seems to make them stronger. For Ender, the rules of the war games kept changing to make things impossible for him, yet he was able to overcome with brilliant new strategies. For BB, the Competition committee keeps "tweaking" the rules in the opposite direction of wherever the Pats are going. When the Pats were winning with a super physical defensive secondary, they placed a "re-emphasis" on pass interference rules. When they were beating up Peyton Manning, they expanded the roughing the passer penalties to lower the criteria. For years the offense had the helmet to helmet communication while the Pats defense was historic. Now that the Pats boast one of the best OFFENSES in the game, they add the defensive player headset, AND shrink the field by changing the push out rules. Every rule change seems to force the Pats to rethink their strategy, yet we almost ran the table last year. I think, by trying to break BB, they're actually just awakening more of his hidden genius. I need more sleep (and less time), clearly, but any thoughts?