Tom Brady and Bill Belichick turned the New England Patriots into the NFL’s ruling force for over two decades.
The Patriots were one of the most dominant teams in sports history, becoming perennial contenders and reaching the Super Bowl in nearly half of the seasons Brady was a starter in Foxboro.
Unfortunately, as it usually happens with these partnerships, things didn’t end well between both NFL legends, with Brady leaving to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after allegedly feeling disrespected by Belichick.
Needless to say, people started debating whether it was Brady who made Belichick great or vice versa, but that was never the actual point.
Of course, there’s no way one would’ve found that much success without the other, as Belichick also orchestrated some of the greatest defensive units in NFL history to help Brady get the job done on the other side of the field.
So, now that they’ve seemingly buried the hatchet, Belichick made a big appearance in Brady’s Podcast and explained what made no. 12 so special and unique.
Per Belichick, Brady’s ability to read the defense and everything that happens prior to the snap was just unmatched, as well as his attention to detail and memory:
“Tom talks about how much I taught him in those meetings, but I learned so much from Tom, because I never played quarterback and I never saw the game through the quarterback’s eyes,” Belichick said. “I saw it through a coach’s eyes, and what Tom would tell me that he saw and how he saw it, it was incredible how during the game he’d come off and I’d say, ‘What happened on that play?’ and he’d go through eight things that happened. ‘The tackle flashed in front of me. This guy slipped. I saw the linebacker drop wide. The safety was a little deeper than I thought he would be. Then this guy stepped in front, and I kind of put it a little bit behind him because I saw this other guy closing.’”
“And then you would go back and look at the film, and every one of those things happened in the exact sequence that he explained it to you on the field coming off,” the coach continued. “I’m like, ‘This guy sees everything.’He sees the rush, he sees the routes, he sees the coverage, he sees the depths, and he sees a lot of things pre-snap.”
Bill Belichick was asked on Tom Brady's podcast what he saw in the QB that others didn't. His response lasted five minutes and included this fascinating story about what he learned from Brady.
Said Brady sees the game better than anyone he's ever met
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Brady may not be the most talented, flashiest, or most athletic quarterback this game has ever seen.
But his relentless work ethic was always a major factor in his success, and this story is another testament to that.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who made who better.
They made history together and will go down as one of the greatest coach-player duos in sports history.NEXT: The Patriots Are Celebrating A Special Anniversary Friday