The question around the Patriots Dynasty has been: ‘Who’s more important to the success? Brady or Belichick?’
Tom Brady has always defied the odds in his career. The 199th 2000 pick came in to New England as a backup and worked his way in to the starting position. With a few injuries and cuts to guys ahead, he was able to land a starting position.
In the early part of Brady’s career, as a starter, he was backed by a superb defense. Pro Bowlers such as Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour and more led the way for New England. A young Brady would keep mistakes and taking chances to a minimum on offense. Two of Bill’s and Tom’s Super Bowls were won by a game-winning kick. This favors Belichick for putting his team in the best position to win. However, one cannot forget it was Brady who lead his team to good field goal position, thanks to his short passes.
After three Super Bowl wins the Patriots failed to win another Super Bowl for 10 years. During this time it was Tom Brady who would be breaking remember. Obtaining an undefeated 16-0 record in 2007. Most touchdowns thrown in a single season, until it was later beaten by Peyton Manning in 2013. Brady won MVP, two Super Bowl appearances, but still did not win a Lombardi trophy in that time span. During these times it was the offense that was the focal point.
After this drought of winning no Super Bowls the Patriots were able to win their 4th in 2015. Brady brought back his team from a 10 point deficit against the Legion of Boom defense of the Seattle Seahawks. But yet, the winning play came from a New England defender, once again playing more in to Belichick’s genius. Brady was still at the top of the league, but Bill’s coaching played a major key as well.
The three Super Bowl appearances were almost perfect, as new England were able to go 2-1. Again, the Super Bowl lost was a offensive battle. Against the Eagles in 2018 Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns. However, it was Brady who clawed his team back from a 25 point deficit to beat the Falcons, throwing for 466 yards and two touchdowns. In 2019, Belichick’s defensive mind came to shine in a 13-3 victory for New England.
Both Brady and Belichick played nicely off one another. The two needed each other in key moments to win big games. Although not all of those games were successful, it showed to be effective. I believe that there isn’t a more important component to the formula being Tom and Bill. Both future Hall of Famers were equally vital.
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