posted at 1/21/2013 3:31 PM EST
In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:
I think Bellicheck is a fantastic coach - a guaranteed Hall of Famer and I actually like his lack of personailty. It's funny.
What isn't funny is that he has been completely outcoached in SIX seasons in the playoffs.
He lost to the broncos (Shanahan outcoached him); lost to the colts (Dungy completely outclassed him in the 2d half). Twice to coughlin and we all know he was outcoached by Couglin. Twice to the Ravens, AT HOME!
Bellicheck's best coaching in the last 7 years was the year he lost Brady and almost made the playoffs with Cassell - that was amazing. That was the old Bellicheck.
But for the other 6 years - Bellicheck has falied miserably in the playoffs. Yes, he gets there by crushing 75% of the league. But in the playoffs its the same old arrogance that does him in.
No pass rush; no WR deep threat; zone; bend don't break garbage; no running game,
It's always just let's line up and beat them. Remember when the reputation was "give Bellicheck time and he will scheme to confuse any QB?" When has that happened in the last 7 years? Seriously - Flacco has killed us in two AFC championships (Flacco? BB used to confuse P. Manning and now he can't confuse Flacco).
But look at what our opponents have done. They have all shut down Brady and the unstoppable offense by working their tails off and creating great game plans.
Bellicheck doesn't do that anymore. This happens with all great coaches.
Yes he might be the best of all time. But no - he is not irreplaceable. Look at the coaches in this NFL. There are many coaches in BB's league.
BB will never win another championship with the Patriots. It is the natural progression of things. Coaches are great for a time and then they can remain very good for 15 more years but they won't win a championship.
Landry & Noll great coaches. But they were not great at the end. They were legends but not great and they hung on and stopped organizational progress.
The Patriots HAVE to consider a coaching move. It's okay. It's not the end of the world. It can be done respectfully and with love for what BB has done for the team.
But if you hire a guy like Gruden - I'm telling you the fresh attitude will potentially yield two more championships before Brady retires.
The team needs new ideas - new schemes - new energy - new focus at the coaching level.
And yes, I love Bellicheck and would put him at the very top as a coach.
There is a reason that the military moves its leaders every couple of years. Stagnancy in leadership is a sneaky, and pervasive problem.
Will Mr. Kraft have the guts to do it? Nope. He values loyalty first and foremost.
But if we are being honest - i think a lot of people would agree with what I just wrote
This is probably the dumbest assessment of the state of the Patriots that I've seen in awhile. First off - as BB says, you can say whatever you want as coach, but the players play the game, and they played a crappy one yesterday.
Second, the lack of talent is sure as heck not for not trying. BB went out to get Haynesworth, OchoCinco, Fanene, and a ton of others to try to address the problems that the Pats have had - unfortunately most of those attempts have failed. But he's tried.
He's taken big gambles - if only a few of them had worked out we'd be hoisting another couple of lombardis at least.
Third - how ret@rded can you be to suggest that the coach of the Pats, who has taken the team to 5 SUPERBOWLS and 7 AFC Championships in 12 years is losing his ability to coach and will "never get back to the superbowl". Wow... just wow - you do realize that there are 30 other teams in the NFL, and quite a few of them have had significantly more "talent" and NOT MADE IT. No - Gruden would obviously be a better choice than BB - I mean, he's such a great announcer getting people's name wrong all the time...
Last, we lost the superbowl the first time because of a miracle once in a lifetime catch, not to mention flagrant non calls for holding and not blowing the whistle when Eli should have been sacked 10 yards behind scrimmage. BTW - where is that guy who caught the ball from Eli - oh yeah, not even in the NFL anymore... Last year we lost because we made mistakes - pretty bad ones - but none of that was coaching. Pretty sure BB's never told Tom to get a safety on the first play of the game, nor is it coaching that tom and welker couldn't connect on a relatively routine pass they'd make 99% of the time. Coaching had very little to do with who won those games. Uncharacteristic mistakes made by the players did.
Sorry if this comes across as insulting, but people on this board have long needed to start to think more rationally, and this is just one of the examples that show how insane some comments can be.
We'll be back in the fight next year. Will we win another superbowl? who knows. But as long as BB is coach of this team I feel we'll have a much better chance than most other teams. If you want to root for stupid knew jerk reactions then there's a team in NJ which needs a new guy to dress up in a green firefighter costume.