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Subject: Re: Ivy league NFL analyst disses Belichik

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Date Posted: 23:42:16 02/08/17 Wed
In reply to: Calvin 's message, "Ivy league NFL analyst disses Belichik" on 08:51:40 02/08/17 Wed

There was a time when one could argue that Belichick, even with three Super Bowl rings, was not the best coach in NFL history. That time passed, if not before, then definitely by 10:00 PM last Sunday night.

I also now think that Brady is the best quarterback of all time. Analytically, I don't hold it against either Belichick or Brady that they had each other. It's been a beautiful symbiotic relationship, two great talents coming together to achieve exceptional success.

The one thing that bothers me is that I firmly believe Brady systematically deflated Patriot footballs in the 2014 season, if not for many years previously. That many people believe otherwise rubs me the wrong way because I feel like Brady's gotten away with a fast one in terms of his legacy. But he's the best of all time.

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Date Posted: 11:51:13 02/09/17 Thu

Sprint66, your points are spot on. One of Belichick's greatest attributes is how he takes hard working, fundamentally sound, but somewhat less athletic football players and makes them exceptionally good role players that fit his system. This shows both in how players improve under Belichick and how players who leave the Pats in free agency generally do not achieve the same level of success on their new team. Likewise, a more athletic, but less disciplined player, like the Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson experiment in 2011, tend to struggle in this Pats system.

I like your analogy with Coach Lombardi. Another good analogy is with the legendary San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. Pops also gets the best out of his players and maintains a level of excellence over a remarkable long period of time, even when having to overcome key player injuries and having to deal with changing rosters over time.

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Date Posted: 20:15:13 02/11/17 Sat

A great book is "When Pride Still Mattered" about Vince Lombardi. A wonderful read whether you're a sports fan or not.

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