Bill Belichick and Nick Saban: Process Management

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have several things in common.  What are these things?  How have these things made them both so successful?

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban both coached the Cleveland Browns.

From 1991-1994, Nick Saban worked as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.  Bill Belichick was the head coach of the same Browns team.

The two have had a long professional and personal relationship.  For a video of Belichick’s thoughts on their decades-long relationship, check on this interview with Bill Belichick. Belichick on Saban

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban Use a Structured Formula of Process Management.

I have seen more than one interview with Nick Saban.  He runs his team with a strict plan that each player follows.  I have heard Saban say, “We don’t run a play until we get it right.  We run a play until we can’t get it wrong.”

Bill Belichick follows a similar formula.

I have heard Belichick answer dozens of questions about his opinion on different subjects.  His answer is usually the same.  He will say something like this:  We don’t think about those things.  We just focus on what we are going to do in the game this week.

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban Win Football Games.

Bill Belichick has a boat he had named V Rings.  He changed that name to VI Rings after his team, the New England Patriots, went to their sixth Super Bowl.  His teams won Super Bowls 36, 38, 39, and 49.  They lost Super Bowls 42 and 46.

Nick Saban 5 college football championships: One with Louisiana State University in 2003;  Four with the University of Alabama in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban find what works and keep repeating it.

One of the things I notice about Belichick and Saban is their consistency.  During interviews Belichick focuses on the fact, but not the details, that the team is focusing on the next game.  Saban repeatedly discusses the way that he has players buy into the process and do the process perfectly.

For both coaches, they have a method of process management that follow.  They do not allow their players to think about the clock.  Nor do they allow their players to think about winning.  The coaches only allow their players about doing their plays the way they practiced the.