RolandDeschain wrote: 5_Golden_Rings wrote:
purpleneer wrote:What separates Bill Bellichick from other "great" coaches?.
He has Tom Brady.
He went 11-5 in a season without him. Part of it's the perennially weak AFC East, but Belichick is REALLY good.
He's also got so many different whiffs of cheating over the years, that I'm not sure I'd ever be able to have "full respect" for him no matter how many more rings he gets, if you understand what I mean. Every couple of years, it's something new with him and that organization...
That 2008 team was with a roster that went 16-0 the previous season. 2007-2008 is an exception to the rule.
Outside of those HISTORICALLY talented teams, the primary reason they compete every year is Brady.
No other QB in the NFL comes back against Atlanta. 2012, 49ers up 31-3 in New England, Brady brings them back to where they lose by less than a touchdown. No other QB does this. No coach calling plays does this, because it's hurry up.
It's Brady. The difference is Brady. You could even see it in 2001, when early on in the Super Bowl against the Rams, they are near their own goal line, and Brady, as young as he was, is able to deliver the slant on time with pressure from not only the Rams, but the field position (near safety land) and the Super Bowl. Brady is clutch, and Brady has eyes that no other QB has.