Bruce Arians Says It Was Tom Brady, Not ‘All Belichick’

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Bruce Arians had plenty to say about his Super Bowl winning quarterback, even addressing the legacy of the guy’s former coach.

“Tom is playing for his teammates right now…he’s making a statement. You know? It wasn’t all coach Belichick,” Arians said to Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop.

This narrative that Belichick was the brain behind Tom Brady’s success really grew legs when Matt Cassell won 11 games in 2008. Brady was fresh off ACL surgery, and it seemed that Coach Belichick could coach Ryan Leaf to a playoff run. The GOAT simply couldn’t outrun that narrative…until now.

Winning a Super Bowl in his first season away from Belichick settles it. Tom Brady doesn’t need to be anyone but himself. There is no coach or “system” behind his success.

Tom Brady IS the system.

How will they be remembered?

Brady will go down as arguably the greatest football player ever, while Belichick has work to do. Plenty consider Belichick the best coach in NFL history, but he still hasn’t checked off what his former quarterback just did. Winning 11 games in the regular season won’t cement his legacy.

Belichick needs to make a deep playoff run or perhaps win a Super Bowl before he retires. That’s partially why the New England Patriots will be major players in the trade market for a quarterback like Deshaun Watson. Time is ticking on Bill Belichick, and the entire franchise knows it.

The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick marriage ended in divorce, and the future Hall of Fame quarterback upgraded. It’s time for an answer from his former coach, and thanks to Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians, the new narrative is already being written.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I really don’t get the obsession on assigning who gets the most credit. Brady has consistently given Belichick a chunk of the credit. I’m sure Bill would do the same. I think what we saw in New England was the result of having two GOATs together for a sustained period. They both get, if anything, too much individual credit. It’s 11 vs 11 + team management. Would have love to seen the result Sunday had KC had even some 2nd string tackles. They’ve both had amazing careers and it’s great to have been able to witness it all.

  2. I don’t question Brady’s greatness. Or Belichick’s for that matter. But look at that division over the past 20 years. New England played in a weak division, guaranteed 5 or 6 wins every year, along with home field for the playoffs. That is an easier path to the Super Bowl than any other team. But hey, they were always in the hunt or a #1 seed, so give them the credit. I just think it is a little like Lebron and the Finals – a lot easier to get there coming out of the East.

  3. Coaches get too much credit in general, but also take a ton of the blame when it doesn’t go well.

    Belichik the GM should get more credit. It is a team game, the defense in NE was consistently great as well. That goes to personnel and also to the hiring of coordinators and coaches who work with those guys. Their drafts, free agency, salary cap work, picking up castoffs, casting their own off when it was time — all of that contributes to the winning.

    BUT the winning is done on the field. Players have to execute, they have to reach their potential and elevate those around them. Brady is the GOAT.

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