Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches to ever put on the headset and Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback in NFL history, but they broke up after last year’s first-round playoff exit. As expected, the biggest storyline heading into this football season will be who will have a more successful season: Bill or Brady.
The obvious answer is Tom Brady. Bruce Arians, his new head coach is one of the brightest minds in the game so the QB-Coach relationship isn’t going to be a big deal.
If Brady isn’t more successful than Belichick this season then it will be time for him to retire. He has all the weapons he could ever dream of–something the Patriots didn’t give him the last couple of years. To give you a comparison, Brady has a Tesla while Belichick has a minivan.
Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement to join him in Florida; Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy are in the backfield; Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are his receivers. Brady has a Pro Bowl offense so there are very high expectations in Tampa Bay and some experts are even picking them to come out of the NFC and host the Super Bowl in February.
Meanwhile back in New England, Bill Belichick brought in former MVP Cam Newton to be Brady’s replacement after nobody wanted him but Newton doesn’t have a bunch of Pro Bowlers to throw the ball to. Belichick essentially gave Newton the same weapons that Brady had last year and so if Brady couldn’t get out of the first round then I’m not so sure Newton is going to have as much success as people think–especially when he hasn’t played any preseason games with an offense he isn’t familiar with.
The pressure is on Brady but he has arguably the best offensive weapons in the NFL while Newton will have to throw to Julian Edelman and a bunch of young and unproven wide receivers. We’ll see how great of a coach Bill Belichick can be with a new starting quarterback.
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