I told myself that I was not even going to entrain this idea, because it mainly comes from unintelligent football fans that get their weekly or nightly fix from ESPN. After the Patriots' resounding victory over the Houston Texans last night at Gillette Stadium, people inside and outside of New England are saying Tom Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion and a three-time Super Bowl MVP, is a "system quarterback." To be honest, if you're a complete idiot, I get it. After getting manhandled by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for the past 15 years, NFL fans were looking at the Patriots with lust at the prospect of playing a Brady-less Patriots team and the slim possibility of sneaking out a win.
However, the Patriots, led by quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, have cruised to a 3-0 record and first place in the AFC East after defeating the NFC favorite Arizona Cardinals, the questionable Miami Dolphins, and a much-improved Houston Texans team. In an effort to justify their spineless teams not winning to a third-string quarterback, fans have concluded that any quarterback could succeed in Belichick's system. Meaning, if the Patriots held on to Tim Tebow, he would have turned into the next Johnny Unitas. Note: the Patriots brought Tebow in, released him, and now he is playing baseball. Never change, Tebow.
Again, it makes sense because Brady has been treating your team like a junior varsity squad for the past 15 years.
But let me just say this: in 1968, Johnny Unitas was injured, while the Colts went 13-1 and made the Super Bowl. Between 1981 and 1992, the San Francisco 49ers went 38-14-1 without Joe Montana. In 1998, John Elway was injured and the Broncos went 4-0. In 2003, the Rams went 12-4 without Kurt Warner. In 2015, the Broncos went 5-2 without Peyton Manning and eventually won a Super Bowl.
Were all of these quarterbacks just products of a good system?
Nevertheless, I digress. Sure, if Brady did not have Belichick (or vice-versa), then he may not have had as successful of a career, but give me a break. You can't teach a guy grit, toughness and the ability to battle adversity. You can't rip open a guy's chest and take a look at his heart. Belichick did not sit Brady down and tell him to eat avocado ice cream and study the playbook every night before he goes to sleep at 8:45 PM. Brady has been a student of the game for the past 15 years, and looks to be in better shape than when he entered the league. He has gained movement in the pocket and almost singlehandedly willed the Patriots to a win over the Denver Broncos last year in the AFC Championship Game against one of the better defenses we have ever seen.
I truly believe that without Tom Brady, Bill Belichick would not have four Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. Conversely, if Tom Brady did not have Bill Belichick, he would probably not have four Super Bowl rings either. The combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is the best quarterback-head coach duo we have ever seen, but it is idiotic to think that Tom Brady would not have succeeded in the National Football League without Belichick.
Patriot haters will always find something to fit their biased agenda. People argued that SpyGate was the only reason that the Patriots won championships. Then they win in 2014. People argued that the only reason Tom Brady was so good was because he took air out of a football. Then Tom Brady threw for 4770 yards, 36 TDs, and seven interceptions for a 102.2 passer rating in 2015. People argued that the Patriots would go 0-4 without Tom Brady this year during his suspension. Well, they are about to go 4-0 and have a very realistic chance of winning a fifth (!) Lombardi (now Belichick) trophy in 15 years.
Suck on that, haters.