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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

In Dispense of Brady

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The easier answer to this question is Bill Belichick. He's the coach, the schemer, the man who pulls the strings and is required to face the media.

Except the answer isn't Belichick.

Before Tom Brady started taking the snaps, Belichick was a career 41-55 head coach. Before Brady, Belichick earned one playoff appearance and five losing seasons. Before #12 took the field, Belichick was a sub par coach considered a dictator in Cleveland and a traitor in New York. Much more like Darth Vader than the Hooded Genius.

The truth is Belichick won zero rings as a head coach without Brady (He's also won zero rings with Randy Moss, so Moss exits the conversation quickly) ...

Tom Brady was drafted so late in 2000 that he's made it his professional mission to win one ring per team that passed him over. That might realistically be a bit much, but Brady's career is already a legacy, his standing already cemented in immortality, with or without a healthy knee to support him.

The true indispensable nature of Bill Belichick will be in full view now for an entire nation of football judges. It's now all hands on deck for the Patriots head coach, the same hands that went ring-less without Tom Brady anchoring his ship.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 9, 2008; 11:11 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I don't agree. I think the pats will do all right without Brady, but only time will tell.

Your big mistake is to suggest Belichick went from being a Darth Vader (with NY and Cleveland) to a Hooded Genius. Quite the opposite - a year ago, the general public loved BB and the wit and wisdom of brain-dead sportswriters was that any team would be happy to have him. Then after spygate he became the Vader that no one could say a good word about. Brady's a great QB, but he's had his problems, too. The pats are a well-coached team and I'm betting they'll make the play-offs.

Posted by: Van Hoof | September 9, 2008 9:44 PM

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