Asante Samuel says Belichick needed Brady, Brady doesn’t need Belichick

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Asante Samuel spent five seasons playing with Tom Brady and for Bill Belichick in New England, and Samuel says Brady was the more important member of the organization.

“I think Bill Belichick needed Tom to be successful. Do you think Tom needs Bill??? My answer is No,” Samuel wrote on Twitter.

Samuel, who was a Pro Bowl cornerback in New England, doesn’t seem to think Belichick is quite the defensive mastermind that so many have made him out to be.

“Bill is known to be a defensive specialist. How many times did he have a top 5 defense and did they/we win the Super Bowl? Tom has always carried the team in his back with limited weapons. Josh McDaniel is the one who really raised Brady,” Samuel wrote.

When Brady was asked whether he or Belichick was more responsible for the Patriots’ success, he said he didn’t believe it was a valid question because neither could do the other’s job. But that doesn’t stop anyone else from weighing in, and Samuel picks Brady.

32 responses to “Asante Samuel says Belichick needed Brady, Brady doesn’t need Belichick

  1. How about I predict neither one of them wins another Super Bowl……..that will answer that question within the next few seasons.

  2. In 2008, Belichick won 11 games with Matt Cassell at quarterback, thereby proving

    a) He is the greatest football coach ever

    and

    b) He is the greatest miracle worker ever.

  3. Brady needed BB to allow him to start over Drew Bledsoe who they just gave 100 million to. Definitely, a tough decision to make. Who knows what history follows, if BB goes with Bledsoe.

  4. Belichick went 11-5 with Matt Cassel, and 3-1 with Jimmy G/Jacoby Brisset(rookie).

    So we have Bill’s sample right there, now it’s time for Brady’s.

  5. I think the sticking point is Belichick didnt need Asante Samuel and AS thought he did. When the time came to discuss that in monetary terms it became something that just wasn’t gojng to happen. And Samuel was indeed a good player so you cant blame him for going for the money. Just like he should not still be sore Belichick wouldn’t give it to him.

  6. Then why has nearly every QB in the BB era thrived while in his system, and failed or come close to failing when out of it? And it isn’t just his QBs either.

    Sorry folks I believe (and yes we will gain a glimpse this season) that the answer is Bill. And mind you, I am not a fan of Bill, Brady, or the Patriots. Just of football. I think the answer is Bill.

  7. Love it, despite denying it publically, BB pays attention to all of this noise and it fuels him. He’ll be as motivated/rejuvenated as everyone thinks TB will be.

  8. What team in the NFL has won consistently for many years without a great coach and a great QB? None. They are both a requirement. That’s what seems to create the magic for many of the dynasties we have seen.

  9. I think it is crazy that anybody could look at the success Brady/Belichick had and come away thinking that just one of them deserves credit.

  10. This guy is clueless. BB defense is responsible for at least 3 SB wins. Brady didn’t put up any numbers until he got Moss and he’s not known as a prolific passer. He’s known as a winner, and cold blooded in the 4th quarter. SMH Asante.

  11. Maybe, maybe not but you can be assured they are both highly motivated to prove who needed whom.

  12. tb12greatest says:
    April 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm
    And we could have used an interception from you in SB42…
    ________

    Last I checked, the defense did their jobs, holding the Giants to 17 points.

  13. Of course Brady needed Belichick and his great defences to be a winner, just like he needed Charlie Weis to develop him …

    If Samuel catches the interception to preserve the Perfect Season … he would get into the HOF … now, he may never

  14. Then why has nearly every QB in the BB era thrived while in his system, and failed or come close to failing when out of it? And it isn’t just his QBs either.

    ——
    Eh, Garoppolo is good. Brissett is serviceable as is Hoyer. Cassel made a pro bowl. Nobody else worth mentioning,

  15. I love clowns that try to say Belichick didn’t develop QBs. His guys in Cleveland and New England both had 20 year careers, one being recognized as the NFL’s best ever.

  16. “Josh McDaniel is the one who really raised Brady”

    Actually that would be Charlie Weiss, not McDaniels. By the time McD came into the picture as OC Brady had years of experience and 3 SB victories

    Expect Samuel is still upset Bill wouldn’t overpay him

  17. Anton Chigurh says:
    April 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm
    I think the sticking point is Belichick didnt need Asante Samuel and AS thought he did. When the time came to discuss that in monetary terms it became something that just wasn’t gojng to happen. And Samuel was indeed a good player so you cant blame him for going for the money. Just like he should not still be sore Belichick wouldn’t give it to him. Nail on the head hes bitter belichick got his best years for pennies and then when he wanted mega bucks belichick said thanks and goodbye.

  18. billinva says:
    April 22, 2020 at 4:02 pm
    Asante Samuel still needs to learn how to catch an INT.
    ________________________

    There’s a reason these guys play on the D side of the ball, if they could catch they be receivers!

  19. I don’t like either Brady or Belichick as people. But I can tell you that Bill could take 53 guys you’ve never heard of, and I wouldn’t be surprised at any upper limit.
    Always bet against him at your own risk.

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