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FS1’s Nick Wright asked former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola if Bill Belichick would have a tough time getting players to buy in to the franchise after the departure of Tom Brady. His answer was straight venom:
“When you see the ‘Patriot Way’ in the dictionary, it’s got Tom Brady’s picture next to it. None of those coaches caught any passes. … Tom Brady is the ‘Patriot Way.’ That’s why he’s in the Super Bowl & the Patriots aren’t.” — @DannyAmendola pic.twitter.com/XtVd0ntJPc— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) February 1, 2021
Tom Brady is winning the battle with Belichick by TKO. We’re starting to see Brady’s support shine through, suggesting that “players” indeed win championships. In this instance, all credit should go to the G.O.A.T., though Amendola also sounds like he has some bad blood with the coaching staff in Foxborough.
“None of those coaches threw any passes, caught any of those passes…They didn’t tackle. They got us in the right positions because they watch a lot of film and they spend all their time in the facility. But Tom Brady is the Patriot way, and that’s why Tom Brady is in the Super Bowl and the Patriots aren’t,” Amendola said.
Holy smokes is that a Kane-level choke slam of a statement from a former Patriot. One thing Brady has going for him is that he handpicked his post-Patriots team. Meanwhile, Belichick probably feels like he was left at the altar and is now stuck in a rebound relationship with Cam Newton.
Regardless, Brady wins
Brady chose Tampa, where he could throw the ball to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and eventually Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski. The receiving corps in New England is straight dookie, but Belichick doesn’t have the choice to ditch that unit, as Brady did. Belichick is stuck.
Do I think Tom Brady looks much better than Bill Belichick right now? 100%, but we should also be fair to one of the greatest head football coaches of all time. He surely had plenty to do with the 20-year dominance of the Patriots. We should also admit that no coaching staff is willing to “spend all day at the facility,” as Amendola suggests.
I believe both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s obsession with football influenced the trajectory of each other’s careers. Unfortunately, Bill is stuck coaching lemons like Cam Newton and N’Keal Harry.
Tom Brady is king.