Around the NFL this week, seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady shared his thoughts on Bill Belichick and the potential of him not coaching the New England Patriots. The future Hall-of-Fame quarterback can't fathom the team not led by the legendary coach.
Given how things have gone since TB12 took his talents to Tampa, it’s a safe bet to say Belichick hasn’t been the same coach without Tom Brady as his quarterback. With the team currently standing with a 2-8 record and an offense in disarray, the former Patriots quarterback gave his thoughts on the current state of the coach and franchise he helped lead to two decades of dominance.
In an interview with Stephen A. Smith on Monday, Brady was asked about the potential of Belichick moving on from the Patriots.
“I think he’s an incredible coach,” Brady said, as transcribed by WEEI. “he’s the best coach, in my belief, in the history of the game. So, I mean, I don’t know, the thought of him not being in New England is hard for me to think about. So I, I think he’s – he prepares the team really well. And ultimately, you got to have a lot of people around you to succeed. You gotta have a lot of things in place for the organization to be successful.”
Bill Belichick has benefitted from Tom Brady's strong quarterback play
As Brady has shown for two decades, it starts with the quarterback position. As a defensive minded coach, Belichick had the luxury of having a leader like Brady on the offensive side. He did what was necessary to help the team win and he did cover up some of the flaws the team had on offense all those years. That confidence in Brady was a crutch in helping Belichick prepare for games.
There were other factors besides Brady also, but the difference between a 2-8 team with Mac Jones and likely an 8-2 team with Brady in his prime behind center does come down to trusting the leadership on the field and a confidence in the gameplan being played out. Then there is also a lack of mental mistakes.
As far as coaching, Brady believes Belichick is still at the top of his game despite what the record may say.
“I don’t think he’s probably coaching much different now than when we’re undefeated in 2007,” Brady continued. “I’m sure he’s preparing the team the same way. The results are different, but again, that’s why the sport is so challenging. There’s a lot of reasons why teams win or lose.”
There is also a lot of reasons a team wins, and it starts with personnel which includes the coaching staff. That is where Belichick seems to have lost his touch. That’s why it’s probably time for a change to come for the team and the head coach.