Keller @ Large: Appreciating Bill Belichick As The Greatest

BOSTON (CBS) — It’s been a staple of discussion among local sports fans for years. Who is more important to the Patriots’ success: their greatest-of-all-time quarterback, or their greatest-of-all-time coach?

After Sunday night’s game, my friends at the Sports Hub are going to have to come up with another go-to topic to fill slow periods.

Tom Brady, due to a ludicrous persecution of trumped-up charges by bitter, jealous competitors, was unable to play, and Bill Belichick and his staff were ready.

They constructed a game plan for fill-in Jimmy Garoppolo that maximized his skills and minimized his flaws, and got just enough points out of it to win. They rebuilt a team that’s been emphasizing offense throughout the Brady years to now lean more heavily on the defense, and stalled out the Arizona offense, one of the league’s most potent.

Add this to the evidence provided during the 2008 season, when Brady got hurt in the first game and Belichick guided the team to a winning season with a merely-adequate backup, and let’s face it, Brady is terrific, but Belichick is the man.

Perhaps when his coaching career is over, Belichick will drop his contempt for the media and offer some real insight into how he does it. I suspect he has plenty to say about managing an organization, understanding human nature, and providing leadership.

Lots of people talk a big game about what winners they are. Belichick has the results to prove it.

Someday we’ll learn the full brilliance of what he does.

But for now, let’s acknowledge that the who-matters-more argument is over.

Listen to Jon’s commentary


One Comment

  1. Sy Clops says:

    A segment that merely regurgitates a few banal phrases that appeal to the home fan base is a pretty cheap way to fill the air. Are you easing back into “work mode” after your vacation? Or perhaps you should just stick to politics?

    “… a ludicrous persecution of trumped-up charges by bitter, jealous competitors, …”

    Isn’t it time to stop this nonsense? Yes, it appeals to the “true believers” in the hometown crowd. But it was never true. And it is getting very, very old..

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      Actually, it appeals to anyone who is not simply jealous of Brady. Do remember, no judge ever said Brady did anything. The judges simply said that Goodell was within his rights to give the penalty. Not you or anyone else can produce an ounce of evidence that there was anything done to those footballs.

      1. Sy Clops says:

        “ludicrous”? Hardly. Is it ludicrous to enforce the rules?

        “trumped-up”? How? By whom?

        “bitter” Who? About what? All teams win sometimes and lose sometimes. It is the nature of sports. Why would someone be bitter?

        “jealous” Again, who? Why?

        And this whole matter has been reduced to Goodell vs. Brady. Exactly what is Goodell jealous or bitter about?

        You say “no judge ever said Brady did anything”. True enough. But no judge ever had a role in the factual determinations. It was purely an internal, league matter. And it should have stayed that way. That is what the Court of appeals said.

      2. bees_knees_6 says:

        Something is tossing the comment into moderation so you’ll get it in parts

        It certainly is not ludicrous to enforce the rules. However, by asking that, you have shown you do not know the rules. First offense is a warning. Second is a small monetary fine. See Panthers and Vikings penalties for tampering with a football. Now compare that to Brady’s.

        However, your most glaring error is that you seem to have forgotten you have to first prove there was any tampering. You have conveniently forgotten that the colts footballs were also under the pressure that was was originally recorded at start of game. Of course, the refs only measured four of their footballs because they were starting to show a trend.

      3. bees_knees_6 says:

        If you honestly believe that the punishment was in line with others or with the rules or that there was ever any evidence that Brady did anything, please produce it.

  2. bees_knees_6 says:

    Jon, you missed what is the essence of the Patriot’s team. It isn’t BB and it isn’t TB and it isn’t 10G. They play as a team and it is, in fact, that team that is one of the greatest.

    1. The Owl says:

      Add two more element, Bees, he is a master of the choregraph and the director that can get everyone doing their own element of the production.

      Fans of other teams hate him because he succeeds.

      I’m glad he is with OUR team. And, I’m glad to be in the audience to see his shows.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        I would agree. However, without the team, there would be no BB. Remember, as we have discussed previously, this team collaboratively performs without the best —– repeatedly. Jon missed that when Welker went to Denver he was perhaps the seventh receiver choice. When he played with the Pats he was among Brady’s first. It truly is not one player or one coach. It is a remarkable unit that as you correctly pointed out we are more than fortunate to call our team and to be in the audience to see their shows.

        And ain’t it amusing to watch the others turn green. The sad part is that rather than sputtering, they could simply follow the example of New England. Just makes you sigh.

      2. mstarvin says:

        Bill’s success is because he expects everyone to do their job, that includes himself. When the players do this and don’t let their egos get in the way they win. This is why the Patriots have been so successful for so long.

      3. bees_knees_6 says:

        marvinO….that is true in good part. BB is also a master of the rules and the plays. He expects the same from his players. Again, they are a team. They either all live by the same rules or they do not succeed. IN addition, absolute focus on the game is required….better said would be demanded.

    2. The Owl says:

      Final point, Bees, the Patriots are not afraid to trade those that aren’t fitting and also not afraid to get rid of marquee players when their usefulness begins to slide.

      Bottom line, Patriots are always at the top of the leagues at the end of the seasons.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        You state the obvious but true. BB does not put up with any nonsense and the team knows that.

  3. Dr. Avis says:

    In other words, which cheater is the bigger cheater? Go Giants! Boston sucks!

  4. mikey says:

    Belichick gets it done. Unfortunately our lost leaders in Washington just keep riding the merry-go-round of ineptness. Therefore we’re pretty much…. ah, ah – well you know.

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