Posted by BabeParilli
You and your idiotic Kool-Aide references are so lame.
If I was a staunch supporter of a coach whose team went 9-7 every year, you might have a point there. But I do not support Belichick because he is the coach of the Patriots, I support BB because he delivers RESULTS!
In a league where only 3 or 4 coaches can field a playoff contending team for a decade in a row, we have been blessed to have one of those coaches. The most sucessful coach in his era by any measure: Percentage of games won, playoff games won, Super Bowls entered and Super Bowls won. Looking at the full body of work, no other current NFL coach comes close.
In his most colossal ignorance, BabeParilli calls it a "fail" if a team doesn't win the Super Bowl every year. By his own definition, every team in the league must be considered a failure; still, among these 32 failures, even Babe must designate New England the most successful team, since the Pats are the last to win the Lombardi back-to-back.
He'll trot out his lame, tired argument that it's all Brady...as if the other 52 guys on the roster don't matter, as if defense and special teams aren't important, as if the offense's overall timing and teamwork cultivated by long hours of film study and coaching have no value whatsoever. Hell, why not just send Tom out there by himself and knock $90 million off the salary cap?
I understand that having the league's best QB has helped Belichick's success, but BB must be given some credit for developing a 6th round pick that no one in the league saw as a top QB out of college. And there is no way to discount the '09 season under Cassel, though Babe tries to write it off as a "weak schedule."
Anyone sane person who has been around the NFL will tell you that there are no easy victories; that every single one is hard fought and well deserved. There are teams that have "easy" schedules that go 11-5, and there are teams that have "easy" schedules that go 5-11. But to go 11-5 in the NFL behind a QB who has never taken a snap since HIGH SCHOOL...are you kidding me? I don't care if your schedule was the bottom 16 teams in the league; that is a PHENOMENAL coaching effort.
Babe's latest bugaboo is Belichick's draft record and strategy in rebuilding the team; TexasPat has responded to this clarion call, pontificating, "Heads must roll!"
Here's my challenge to such folly: "Prove your point! Do your homework and show me a list of teams that have drafted MUCH BETTER than the Pats over, say, the past half-decade." Oh, and after you have finished preparing that list...show me the WON-LOSS records of those teams versus the Pats'. I await the results of their research with baited breath.
It was interesting to hear Belichick's comments about Meriweather today. He said (paraphrasing), "Meriweather played a lot of good football for us...but this is the 2011 team, not the 2009 team." I have no reason to assume BB was lying, because more than any coach in history, Belichick has no problem saying nothing at all. He never said, for example, "Adalius Thomas played a lot of good football for us."
So, looking into these words, one might hear BB thinking, "Pehaps the league is evolving. Perhaps I can't get the 3-4 talent I used to get because of competition with the rising number of 3-4 teams. Perhaps I'll move away from a contain front line with a ball-hawking back end that led the league in INTs last year, to a more aggressive front line with a more contain back end. Perhaps the aggressive Brandon Meriweather, who has played a lot of good football for me, doesn't fit as well in this philosophy of disciplined secondary play."
If the head coach sees or feels that the league is changing, does he not have the right to adjust his personnel accordingly? To cast off even high draft picks or big-name free agents if he can find better talent to support new direction?
If fans are not in on those strategic discussions, we have no basis for commenting on BB's success or failure at human resources. In the end, the only way we can judge our head coach is by his won-loss record.
Babe likes to call that drinking Kool-Aide.
The rest of the world calls it, "Just the facts, ma'am."