In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
"BB could have coached a shutout on Sunday night and Carter would still find a way to deflect from BB's genius."
Look, Cris Carter is not the best analyst out there by any stretch. He's middle of the pack at best in terms of former players.
But what you fail to understand, what you constantly fail to grasp, is that praising Brady does not diminish Belichick. Their legacies are inseparable.
You are stuck in a tragic time glitch. Two decades ago, heck, even a bit more than a decade ago with the Brad Johnson Buccaneers, you could win it all with a "game manager" QB.
Now, with the offensive rules the way they are, you have to have a great QB (that includes a QB that plays well under pressure and gets hot at the right time (e.g. Eli, Flacco) even if they may not be sustainably great. They must play great when it counts.
We don't win that Broncos game with Matt Cassel. We don't get to Super Bowls with a Matt Cassel type. Could Belichick have done it with Peyton? Probably. We'll never know but probably, even though Peyton does seem to struggle in the biggest moments.
This does NOT take away from BB's coaching genius in any way, except in your myopic world.
The unfortunate part is you don't perceive or understand all the reports about how Brady's fiery brand of leadership is the perfect complement to BB's reserved "one step ahead on the chessboard" demeanor. They lead - together.
Fortunately common sense on this topic has completelyi overwhelmed you both in here and in media.
I agree with most of what you say, but for you to deny the media has not attacked BB unfairly and then got caught being frauds within that, I don't know what to tell you.
Case in point, which is one of MANY for the last 5 or so years:
In 2011, off a lockout, our pass D had young kids or injuries in the secondary with no camp, nothing, for continuity to be developed. GB's pass D was WORSE all year, which I kept saying over and over and Brady was at an all time high at one point for INTs. The media ignored GB's being way worse because they don't dislike Mike McCarthy. Remember this? I was the one to keep saying "GBs entire D is way worse, at least we do some things very well".
The media ignored BOTH of these facts.
Why? Because it allowed them to hammer BB's "31st ranked D" to the point the morons here, along with giddy trolls, all latched onto that.
Then, we end up in the SB, with the D being a BIG reason why. Spikes INT, Moore's play in the end zone. Sure, a little luck but still, the D outplayed the O in that postseason.
If Brady does not throw that INT or if Welker does not drop that ball, holding the Giants to 13 points in that SB, would have EMBARRASSED the anti-BB media to the moon and back. Fact. They would have all had to come forward with their mea culpas.
The real truth is, they have a fear of having to do that if we were to win a SB again. It would all but force them to praise Brady as the best ever but also BB. The latter, they fear doing.
So, they'll always CHOOSE to praise Brady and underrate their praise for BB.
Another fact is, the media is praising Brady for his great game the other night, deservedly so. However, that was easily one of BB's greatest gameplans and it also featured epic mindfukks throughout, including OT. It was epic BB. That gameplan will now be attempted by KC this week, especially with Moreno in walking boot.
I've heard VERY little praise. It's mostly been for Brady. Our D followed a great gameplan and executed brilliantly under BB's leadership.
That game was JUST like SF last year, where a hyped team came in here is overrated, and BB stopped their offense cold with the gameplan, enough for Brady and the offense to claw back in it.
Instead, many tried to pin that game on the D! Remember? Like they are supposed to hold SF to 4 FGs there, in succession? One drive of theirs was from like the 4 yard line.
I think BTS summed it up nicely. Praising Brady is not a slam against bb, actually it's praising him in an indirect way...maybe not intentioned, but praising just the same.
PI am not sure why you can't simply recognize the greatness of Brady? He is truly one of the best ever.
The game the other night went like this. Bb and staff developed a great game plan. Neither the D nor O executed it well. Adjustments were made during the half, both squads plus ST executed perfectly in the 2nd half. Bb made the right call in overtime. We win.