I have absolutely loved The Last Dance. I grew up in the Jordan era and he felt so secretive back then. This show is giving me ten years of stuff I wanted back them, now, all at once.
I agree, Jordan was so unique, that one man could will his team to follow him. Durant doesn't do that, Harden doesn't. Jordan was special.
Those men bled for him out of fear that usually evolved into deep respect. In the moment, I gather that many of them did not like him, but with the benefit of perspective (years) they have grown to appreciate what he did for them.
I do think there are parallels in football. Certainly Tom Landry comes to mind, and he had his best player as a willing soldier (Staubach, of course).
Bill Parcells, also led with fear and intimidation. Of course, the top Parcells protegee is Belechik and his long-time will soldier, the GOAT. Belechik is still afraid of Bill Parcells.
I agree that competitiveness is the key element, but how the Bills arrive at it is far different with Sean McDermott.
He's creating accountability and the same desire, but with growth mindset and respect and not intimidation. It is the McDermott way. He encourages honest men to learn together, be accountable and not to bull#### or blow smoke up each others collective asses.
Sean and Brandon are building a team with competitive guys who care for one another, and subsequently, will bleed for the man next to them.
We are probably going to be winning for a long time. It is a by-product of leadership and growth mindset.