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It couldn't be simpler for Bill Belichick to go down as the greatest coach in NFL history. All he has to do is inspire a quarterback who hasn't started a game since high school to lead the most despised team in professional football (with all due respect to the Cowboys) through a grueling 16 game season, two to three playoff games and a Super Bowl victory.

While for most of us that would be as easy as finding a Yankee's bar on Yawkey Way, this is Bill Belichick we're talking about. Bill Belichick -- a coach for whom no player is irreplaceable and into whose system any player can fit, even Matt Cassel.

He's a legend whose defensive coordination lifted backup QB Jeff Hostetler over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV, despite Hoss starting only two games in seven years. He's a magician whose head coaching transformed New England's perennial loser into this century's greatest football dynasty. He's an inspirational master so respected and feared that Congress investigated him for cheating.

We already know he doesn't need Randy Moss to win the Super Bowl. And if he could snag Vince Lombardi's trophy with a quarterback who played second funnel to Matt Leinart in college, he would supplant that hallowed statue's namesake as the greatest of all time.

The very fact such a feat is possible, is why Belichick, and not his super star wide receiver or Hall of Fame quarterback, is the Patriots' most valued asset and completely indispensable.

By Emil Steiner  |  September 9, 2008; 3:35 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Excellent piece. Belichik's Patriots have won previous Super Bowls with injured players, and his 2001 team overcame the loss to Drew Bledsoe to win with newcomer Brady. This is still an outstanding football team, and to suggest the season is over is a disservice to the coach and to all the players who will grab a helmet and give their best efforts the rest of the year. Never give up!

Posted by: Paul | September 10, 2008 10:02 AM

From 2003-2005 the Patriots had the most injuries and used the most number of starters in the league.

Belichick is the best ever at schemes and strategy, he has dealt with adversity time and time again.

Posted by: Mark | September 10, 2008 10:42 AM

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