Hail Brady

I often dream of an alternative NFL history. In it Bill Parcells resigns from the Giants in time for their defensive coordinator, Bill Belichick, to take over and the Giants, fresh off a great Super Bowl victory, go on to dominate the NFL for years.

There are two problems with my dream scenario.  First, Belichick went to Cleveland off of that Super Bowl victory and failed- 36-44 in his time there. And second, Tom Brady wasn’t the Giants QB.

I think it is time to recognize that as accomplished as Belichick is, he is nothing without Brady. Brady is the greatest draft pick ever. Every NFL team missed on him, at least FOUR times. That is their shame and evidence that Belichick isn’t quite the genius people make him out to be. He’s very good, but he hit the lottery with Brady.

Take Brady away from the Patriots and do they win any of their Super Bowls?  I don’t think so.  Belichick has done s lot of great moves, but Brady is the guy who makes it all work.

As for the game.  Atlanta blew it with some terrible play calls and Brady was magnificent when it mattered.

Ahead 28-20 with the ball and just under six minutes, there are two clear goals  1- score to make the game a two-score difference 2- run the clock.  Three plays later, Atlanta is on the New England 22-yard line with 4:47 left in the game.  At this point, goal #1 is within reach a and goal #2 can be achieved if you run the ball.  They ran on first down, lost a yard, and then went to the pass.  A sack, inexcusable at this point, backed them up 12 yards.  That’s not great, but a potential field goal would still be 51-yards at this point, if they didn’t gain another yard.  Instead, they call pass agajn and while they competed it, a penalty negated the play and backed them up another 10 yards- out of field goal range. On 3rd and 33, they tried to pass again, when a run could have got them a possible field goal and forced New England to spend another time out.

And you know against almost any other QB, they still might have gotten away with their stupidity, but Brady, with the help of an amazing catch, made them pay.  My only quibble is with the NFL’s stupid overtime rule.  Both teams should get the ball once to have a championship decided off of a coin toss is ridiculous.

Finally, think about the sports run we are on.  You had the Super Bowl and the college National Championship game decided on the last play. You had extra innings in Game 7 of the World Series.  You had the NBA finals go seven games with a 3-1 comeback by the winning team. And yes, while it broke my heart, you had March Madness decided by a three at the buzzer.

I have been racking my brain to find a comparable run and I can’t.  I think the 2016-17 sports championship cycle is the greatest we have ever seen.





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  • blmeanie  On February 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm


  • blmeanie  On February 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I’m disagreeing with a guy on a boating forum that despises Brady, hangs his argument entirely on the system and dinks and dunks of 4 yds and yards after catch. “it isn’t Brady” that is the greatness. I can’t find the stats from last night anywhere that shows the game yds per completion or attempt. Found one for the year and all quarterbacks are within 2 feet of each other which makes the stat worthless IMO. Anyway, I just saw highlights on NFL network, seems when they were coming back last night, he was making a lot of 10-15 yard passes, some with touch, some with some sting to them. Hope to find the stats somewhere.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      I guess it depends on his point. If he is arguing that a guy like Joe Montana would be the greatest in this NFL, I agree. The game is so pass-friendly now compared to then.

      But if the argument is about the system, what team doesn’t build its system around a QB? And who cares if it works with 4-yard passes or 20-yard ones? The wins and losses tell you the true story.

  • blmeanie  On February 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I also struggle with that stacked team in SF getting to “only” 4 sb’s in Montana’s time there. I get it, Washington, the Giants and other teams had their mini runs overlapping with SF. Pure original genius of a coach, one of the greatest QB’s, stacked team. He didn’t lose any sb’s because he lost important playoff games before the SB! That is the crazy part about SB appearances. You should get credit for getting to the game!

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      He went to the playoffs 9 times with the 49ers and he only lost twice to a team that didn’t go to the Super Bowl. The competition in the NFC back then was crazy, probably the top 3 or 4 teams in the league each year were in the NFC. Brady gets to beat on the AFC East six times every year and then usually is two home games away from making the Super Bowl.

      Brady’s an all-timer, but I would still take Montana.

  • blmeanie  On February 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    while making that point about the strength of the NFC you also are suggesting the SB wins were against significantly lesser AFC teams, diminishing Montana’s stature some… 🙂

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