BRADY vs. BELICHICK : Only 1 Is Irreplacable
posted at 3/28/2012 2:25 AM EDT
Heated discussion @ here lately ...
It's like pickin' between your Mom or your Dad .
Here's my 2 cents..1)
Tom Brady is my favorite player . 2)
When he retires , the Pats will likely never have as good a player at Qb... ever , and the W's are going to get tougher to come by.3)
Bill Belichick is a great coach and a flawed GM .
I appreciate it that the fanbase here at BDC doesn't just line up , lock-step behind him and anoint him as infallible .
He screws up. 4)
Bill Belichick is the worst GM in the NFL . 5)
With the exception of every other GM in the NFL .
There are countless examples of BB 's uncanny ability to stock and restock this team while continuing to rack up W's .
Tired ( but true ) examples:
Paying a fairly steep price at the time ( 2nd & 7 ) for an unheralded wr named Welker , a RFA that no other GM wanted
Acquiring a fading Randy Moss for a 4th ( Top 10 trade in NFL History
Seeing what no other Nfl GM saw in a scrawny , un-athletic Michigan Qb .
( The fact that the Pats passed on him multiple times is besides the point - they had Bledsoe entrenched , and could easily have put off drafting a Qb entirely )
Seeing what no other GM saw in a bench warming USC Qb , then sticking with him long enough to see him lead a deflated team to an 11 - 5 record .
( before turning him into a 2nd rounder )
Having the stones to jettison a team leader ( but greedy ) Lawyer Milloy on the eve of a new season ( Pats win SB anyway )
Dumping a deteriorating Richard Seymore and getting a #1 in return
( Which in turn becomes an inexpensive , likely starting LT Solder ) PROOF THAT BB DOESN'T STANK AT DRAFTING :
Cold , hard , indisputable proof :
When you factor into the equation that the Pats are ALWAYS assigned picks near the end of each round , his track record is even more amazing.
Belichick could go back to the perpetually horrendous Cleveland Browns and lead them to a winning record in the brutal AFC North within 2 seasons ( and the playoffs within 3 )
Tom Brady is a great NFL Qb .
As great as there ever was in the NFL .
There's no doubt that the Pats overall success is due in large part to his tenure ... that's indisputable.
Brady is the straw that stirs the drink...
But BB is the glass , the ice , and the drink itself.
When the time comes ... hopefully many , many seasons from now , BB will find a new straw ... AND IT WILL DO IT'S JOB.
And Bill Belichick will continue to guide the New England Patriots to W's , AFC East Titles , and Allah willin' ...Super Bowl Championships .
Capt. F out.