Brady vs Belichick. There has been a lot of talk regarding who will “win the break up” between Tom Brady and his former head coach Bill Belichick. Brady decided to ditch New England last offseason after his relationship had soured with Bill, so most people immediately started to talk about who was more valuable. Belichick did not have a very good record before Brady, but that is a bit misleading. He took over a Browns team that was not good, and had turned the organization around by the time he left. Brady seemed to be carried by his defense in his first 3 Super Bowls, but that also isn’t entirely accurate. in 2004 the Patriots offense scored 32 points. So if you thought you were going to read me come with cliche discredits for both sides, you’re very wrong.
Tom Brady has consistently said that longevity is his goal, he wants to play until age 45 and prove that he can still perform at a Super Bowl level this late in his career. At the moment he is doing just that, as the Buccaneers are on their way to the NFC Divisional Game after Brady threw for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Washington Football Team this past Saturday. If you compare this years’ stats to his 2017 MVP season, he’s thrown for more yards and touchdowns. He has taken over an entirely new offense with a much better supporting cast and executed. No matter how you look at it, Brady is proving his point that he can play at a high level into his 40’s. Most people see the season he’s had and think if he can win the Super Bowl, he automatically wins this “divorce” if you will. To me, that could not be farther from the truth.
How the Brady vs Belichick Feud Started
It is a well known rumor that before the 2017 season, Belichick tried to trade TB12 but the idea was quickly shot down by owner Robert Kraft. His idea was that Brady was aging, and he was going to roll with then 25 year old Jimmy Garropolo. From what most reports suggested, Bill wanted to move onto the next stage of the Patriots dynasty with the young QB he had groomed. Whether that would have happened does not really matter, because Brady was not traded so we will never know. What that proves though, is that Bill’s intent is to get the Patriots back into contention post-Brady. That is why this rivalry will not be settled this season, or even next. The Patriots started to show the weakness of their roster last season when Brady was there, and now that he’s gone they’ve gotten flat out exposed.
It’s going to take Belichick a few years to reboot this Pats roster and get the guy he trusts as his new QB moving forward. To assume that this would be the year Bill proved that he can get this team back to a Super Bowl level after Brady is just delusional in my personal opinion. Brady was able to chose a team with a ton of weapons, but his former coach is stuck with an aging New England roster. Now don’t get me wrong, that is no fault of his own. But he now has a chance to find his QB and rebuild this roster, something he was looking to do all the way back to 4 years ago.
I think of this relationship like I think of Kobe and Shaq. For those of you who aren’t familiar with their rocky tenure as teammates, the media pinned them against each other trying to argue who was more valuable in their 3 peat. A lot of people thought Shaq because he was such a dominant player and he had already proved himself in the league. Now there was also some people who thought Kobe, because he was a much more versatile player who had a clutch gene like no other player. When it came down to it their relationship boiled over and Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat, a team that had a solid roster around him and gave him a good chance to win a championship right away.
Tom Brady made his move to the Buccaneers after his relationship with Bill was too far gone, a team with a really good roster around him that gives him a great chance to win a Super Bowl right away. Now Kobe on the other hand, he stayed in Los Angeles but had to wait on the team to rebuild around him. He wasn’t in a position to win the year Shaq left, or even a few years after O’Neal was dealt. Bill has remained as the Patriots head coach, but now needs some time to rebuild this roster and is not in a position to win a Super Bowl right away or even within a couple years.
Tom Brady is on his Shaquille O’Neal right now. Shaq won a ring the season after he left LA, and seemed like he won the split between the teammates. That is something we are all waiting to see if TB12 can pull off in 2021. Kobe on the other hand, he waited patiently on the organization to put him back into a position to win a championship. Then in 2009 & 2010, Bryant won back-to-back championships with the Lakers and ultimately won the “break-up,” winning more rings than O’Neal and proving himself as someone who didn’t NEED Shaq but he for damn sure helped.
I am not saying Bill & Brady will go exactly like that, but I am saying this is why this split between the two was never going to be settled this season. They’re on two totally different time tables, and the split won’t be determined a win or loss by the Patriots head coach until he retires. If Tom wins a ring this season or next, the pressure is on for Belichick. But it’s not over, Bill still has many more years to rebuild this team back up to where he can compete for rings of his own down the line.
We will have an answer to who won this split once Bill either gets this team back to a Super Bowl win(s), or he doesn’t. Just because Tom has looked awesome this season and the Bucs have already won a playoff game does not mean he’s won this divorce. Same goes for Bill and the Pats struggling in their first year without Brady and an aging roster, that doesn’t mean he’s already lost.
The “winner” of this seperation will be determined by the one thing that’s mattered all along to both guys; rings. If Brady wins more rings than Bill does by the time Belichick retires, his point is proven and the legendary head coach will look completely foolish for allowing their relationship to tear. But if Bill rebuilds this Patriots team and find his QB of the future and ends up with more rings than Tom, his point is proven and we will realize he knew what he was doing all along. This coach-player break up isn’t about who was more important, it’s about who was right in their desires.
By: Bradley Shatraw CruelFan.com