If there is an argument that drives me absolutely crazy, it’s the Tom Brady vs Bill Belichick argument. For some reason, fans of the New England Patriots feel the need to try and determine and debate who’s more responsible for the Patriots dynasty - Brady or Belichick.
There are three sides to the argument. Some people believe that Belichick is an overrated coach who benefited from having the greatest quarterback to ever play in the NFL. The other side of the argument is that Brady is the most accomplished quarterback because he has been a part of Belichick’s system.
I sit in the third category that without Tom Brady you don’t have Bill Belichick, and without Bill Belichick you don’t have Tom Brady. It’s impossible to look at two guys and try to distinguish who is responsible for six Super Bowl rings.
What’s even more disappointing is Patriots writers like Justin Trombino from from Musket Fire, who decided to re-open this argument on Thursday when he wrote an article arguing that Belichick is the Patriots system.
“There are only a select few people in the entire football world who will agree with me in saying that Belichick is more of the system than the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, Tom Brady…. I’m not discrediting Brady’s abilities and success in New England by saying this, but Belichick is the one who designed, built, and coached all nine of those Super Bowl teams while earning six victories in the process.”
The problem with this argument is there are points to support both sides of the coin. Super Bowl 53 is a clear example of Belichick’s game plan, flawless defensive game calling, and the players executing. Super Bowl 52 is an example of Tom Brady putting the team on his back, set offensive records, and still lose the game because of poor defense.
So with so many examples out there, some that show Bill Belichick as the one responsible for the dynasty, and other examples showing Tom Brady as the one responsible for the dynasty, how can we actually sit there and make an argument that’s effective either which way. like I said, I’m not thrilled with Trombino for making this argument and again splitting Patriots Nation against each other. I get that it’s a very slow news cycle, but Trombino’s argument seems strictly for clicks.
Are we now not at the point where we should be celebrating what’s happened in the last 20 years, rather than trying to determine who is responsible for it? If it came out that Bill Belichick was fully responsible for the dynasty, would those rings mean less to you? If Tom Brady was dubbed the difference maker, would you care less about the championships? I know I wouldn’t, so I don’t understand why we have to keep having this ridiculous and useless argument.