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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Coach, QB Both Indispensable


Unfortunately for the Patriots, both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are indispensable.

And now they've lost one of the two.

Under Belichick, the Patriots have been the league's most resilient and adaptable team. That's why they've won three Super Bowl titles and came oh-so-close last season to being remembered as the greatest team in the history of the sport.

But there's no overcoming the loss of Brady. When you talk to coaches and front office types around the league, they just marvel at how good the guy is. I mean, he had 50 touchdown passes and eight interceptions last season. That's just ridiculous. It was, simply put, the best season an NFL quarterback has ever had.

Belichick without Brady won't work. We'll see that soon enough.

Brady without Belichick might not work either. We might see that some day. We might not.

Randy Moss? He doesn't enter into the equation. Sure, he was great last season. Otherworldly, even. But you can't exactly call him indispensable when his coach and quarterback somehow found ways to win three Super Bowls without him. No, the all-time greats here are Belichick and Brady, and one without the other just isn't enough.

By Mark Maske  |  September 8, 2008; 10:54 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Randy Moss will save the 'Pats',, throw the ball high anywhere near him, and the ball will be caught for yards and T.D.'s.

Posted by: West Virginian | September 9, 2008 3:51 PM

The Brady injury can help put into perspective the greatness of Gibbs (3 SuperBowls with 3 different QBs). Bellichick is an HOF coach no doubt, but he also has had the good fortune to coach an HOF quarterback in his prime who, by-and-large escaped the injury buy (until now)

Posted by: Greg | September 9, 2008 7:45 PM

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