Belichick’s latest gamble could end up being his best

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Six Super Bowl wins helps secure the benefit of the doubt for a head coach, as to pretty much any decision he makes. And Bill Belichick has taken full advantage of the ability to make moves for which he’ll be praised if they work, and not criticized if they don’t.

Quarterback Cam Newton isn’t the biggest gamble, because for Belichick there is no gamble. But Newton could end up being Belichick’s best roll of a pair of dice in a game where craps is never bad.

A former first overall pick, a former league MVP, a former franchise quarterback who if healthy may still be a franchise quarterback. And Newton was just sitting there for weeks, with no one pursuing him in large part because no one thought Belichick wanted him. If they had, Newton already would have been gone, likely for a lot more money than he’ll get from the Patriots.

However it plays out, Belichick wins — especially since the baseline financial investment is so low. The fact that no one even shrugs that Belichick’s most recent prior gamble (receiver Antonio Brown) blew up in the coach’s face shows how much of the benefit of the doubt Belichick gets when things don’t go his way.

Gambles made by Belichick over the years that worked out include receiver Randy Moss, tight end Rob Gronkowski, cornerback Darrelle Revis, cornerback Aqib Talib, and running back LeGarrette Blount. Those that didn’t work out include, for example, Brown, tight end Aaron Hernandez, and a pair of guys for whom Belichick traded after the lockout in 2011: defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and receiver Chad Johnson.

Belichick actually gave up draft picks for Haynesworth and Johnson. Belichick gave up nothing for Cam Newton, making it an even lower risk. Given the position Newton plays, the status of the quarterback position in New England post-#Tommy, and the possibility that Newton could get back to being the guy he was in Carolina, the reward for this one could end up being gigantic.

And here’s the ultimate beauty of the move: If it doesn’t work, Belichick will simply end it, move on, and no one will say anything about it. Yes, it’s good to have won six Super Bowls.

74 responses to “Belichick’s latest gamble could end up being his best

  1. I think Cam will actually excel in NE. BB will keep him in check and healthy. Then he will be dangerous. Not a patsie fan.

  2. I don’t really see any downside to this signing. His best years Cam was a top 10 QB but has had his share of injuries. Think he can still play and may have a few good years left and might do well in Pats structured system. Not paying him top money and it’s not like they had a stud waiting in the wings after Brady. I think Bill may cure some of that often eccentric behavior, and propel him to a decent season

  3. Stidham keeps the job unless he gets injured however I’d be very surprised if Belichick doesnt design packages for Newton. I’d also be surprised if Newton is ever a viable starter again. He was never the most accurate or best at presnap/reading a defense and hes 31 and it remains to be seen how much injuries and age have sapped Newton of his athleticism but the last seen he didnt look good.

  4. Easy to win 6 SBs when you’re a proven cheater. They’ve only been caught 476 times.

  5. Personally I was & still am WAY MORE EXCITED to see what Jarrett can do…. & until & IF Newton does beat him out, it will only give Jarrett another year in the system & come next year in FA probably a 3rd round comp pick…. then Jarrett can step in as the starter at a much lower price then Newton would command…. be interesting to watch how things unfold!!!

  6. Only way this gamble has a chance is if cam is named the starter. If he’s the backup I think we all agree we will see the sulking malcontent at the end of the bench with the towel over his head. And bigger still, he won’t be able to play dress up for the after game presser……which is probably more important to him than the game anyway….

  7. My favorite part of being a Pats fan is watching Belichick build and reinvent the team each and every year. Draft, free agency, trades, salary cap.
    Next, is watching him game plan with the personnel he has, and specifically against the team he is playing.
    But seriously, I really love the bitter haters comments, too! That’s a year round thing. Signing Newton has re-energized the hordes. And we don’t even know if there will be a season.

  8. Ah yes, just like every BB move, let’s start worshiping him about how great this signing was. How many of those have actually panned out in the last several years. We heard the same thing about Sanu and a slew of other moves. Yes, this gamble could work out but it could also flame out spectacularly. How about we wait before all the fawning over how brilliant this move was. I have a feeling Cam won’t even be on the roster by season’s end.

  9. Buffalo fans that have wondered for years when it (losing to the Patriots) will ever end are now mocking Belichick. That’s a fool’s errand.

  10. How could gambling on a former MVP be a greater gamble than gambling on a sixth round pick in the NFL draft? Let’s be real.

  11. I don’t think Bill Belichick is worried about opinions written about him and his personnel decision making. Moreover Belichick is able to develop quarterbacks who play for him. Examples: Tom Brady was a 7th round pick who did OK. Jimmy Garoppolo was developed in New England, Jacoby Brissett and even Matt Cassel had good runs while playing in New England for Bill Belichick.

  12. I’d say rolling the dice by choosing Tom Brady over Drew Bledsoe was fairly important for BB’s legacy.

  13. For some reason it seems like this guy is injury prone, but after 8 years, the guy missed the majority of a season with an injury. Considering his style of play I would’ve sworn he lost a lot of game time, but he’s been pretty durable with last season being the outlier. If he’s healthy, then Belichick scored on this. If the fans in NE loved Gronk being Gronk, then they shouldn’t have issue with Cam being Cam.

  14. I’m stocking up on milk and cookies for all of the haters out there, because judging by how much crying is already taking place it’s gonna be a long season, and yes the season is happening

  15. whenwilliteverend says:
    June 29, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Ah yes, just like every BB move, let’s start worshiping him about how great this signing was. How many of those have actually panned out in the last several years. We heard the same thing about Sanu and a slew of other moves. Yes, this gamble could work out but it could also flame out spectacularly. How about we wait before all the fawning over how brilliant this move was. I have a feeling Cam won’t even be on the roster by season’s end.
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    It doesn’t matter if it works out or not. That’s why it was a great move.

  16. Or his next gamble could end up being his best yet. Or the one after that. My next gamble might be my best yet. Or the 8th gamble I make after my next could be my best yet. If so, should I not make the 7 before 8th since I know they won’t my best yet? But then it’ll be my next gamble not the 8th gamble. Oh geez, I don’t know what to do.

  17. “Buffalo fans that have wondered for years when it (losing to the Patriots) will ever end are now mocking Belichick. That’s a fool’s errand.”

    Well, let’s get started w/ the obvious: the days of “wondering” are over. Bills are better than the Pats, and will beat the Pats. Simple formula.

    This Bills fan will never mock or underestimate BB the coach. The best ever.

    BB the GM? Not so much. Cam was kryptonite, and no team was touching him for a reason. Now we’re supposed to believe that he’s going to win a bunch of Lombardis with NE?

    This will go the same route as AB. I expect to be entertained. And I expect the Bills to beat the Pats.

  18. Stidham is way ahead of Newton. Utter genius for to BB to plant this just to make sure Stidham doesn’t get too comfy.

    I am laughing at people thinking it’s Newton’s job to lose after all the time BB has put in with Stidham.

    This is Tebow 2013 but with more viable options for BB than that.

    Open competition. The way BB wants it.

  19. Can we at least see if he can stay healthy for a full season before this is considered a genius move?

  20. Moreover Belichick is able to develop quarterbacks who play for him.
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    promichey,

    “know his opportunities before snap so that when defenders realize whom his intended target is, it is already too late.”

    What development are you talking about?

  21. promichey,

    Given that Belichick couldn’t “develop” Kosar, Testavarde and Bledsoe, what make you believe it was Belichick, not Brady , who developed those backup QB?

  22. Not a Pats fan, but I”m genuinely excited/curious to see how Cam will do in NE (assuming he’s healthy and wins the starting job). All the Brady haters can finally see, those who said BB could win with almost any QB. Well now he’s got an MVP QB, let’s see what they can do.

  23. phinfan says:
    June 29, 2020 at 7:42 pm
    Gambles that havent worked out: Josh Gordon.

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    I disagree. Without Gordon they don’t win several of their games in 2018 that led them to a Super Bowl and Gordon was a bright spot early in 2019 and helped them beat the Bills to ensure another division win. He played a role.

  24. Cam Newton has always been a winner. He was a JC Quarterback and won a national title for JCs. He went to Auburn and won a national title there. He was league MVP and (ok, he got his butt kicked) took his team to the Superbowl. There is no risk whatsoever for Belichick, only upside.

  25. Has anyone ever….EVER seen anything like what the Patriots have done to this game….caught cheating multiple times. It isn’t even news anymore. Unprecedented. They are caught cheating every few seasons now. Whatever happened to the NFL owner that was arrested for prostitution? The Patriots are unbelievable and sports is worse off for it.

  26. whenwilliteverend says:
    June 29, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    Ah yes, just like every BB move, let’s start worshiping him about how great this signing was. How many of those have actually panned out in the last several years. We heard the same thing about Sanu and a slew of other moves. Yes, this gamble could work out but it could also flame out spectacularly. How about we wait before all the fawning over how brilliant this move was. I have a feeling Cam won’t even be on the roster by season’s end.

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    You cant say BB didn’t hit it out of the park here. His worst case situation is if Newton flops and Belichick breaks even. And 31 other coaches right now are wishing they had grabbed that deal before Belichick. And as the article pointed out, other coaches would have spent more to get this deal had they known Belichick was even thinking about it. Thats how much weight he holds. Its easier to just be at peace with it.

  27. ghjjf says:
    June 29, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    Do they sell silly hats for Cam in Boston?

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    He is going to love Back Bay and Newbury Street.

  28. Disagree. Signing a player that absolutely no one else wanted, for peanuts ($2M base), hardly is a gamble. If Belichick is such a genius, why didnt he already have a proven qb on his roster?

  29. Is Mr. Kaepernick taking note of this? A former first overall pick, a former league MVP, a former franchise quarterback, willing to take minimal pay to prove himself. Hats off to Mr. Newton.

  30. Hold on, I think this is a good signing but people have every right to criticize Bill B if Cam doesn’t become a productive starter. He wasn’t prepared for Brady’s departure and (so far) has done nothing else to fix his leaky boat. The season is all on Cam Newton.

  31. This will be a mistake. Cam was over rated when he played good and has been a middle of the pack QB for the last few years at his best. I would say by mid season he will be sitting benched or hurt.

  32. Broken down QB who has barely played in two years. Is 0-8 in his last 8 starts. It’s not 2015 anymore!

  33. whenwilliteverend says:
    June 29, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    Ah yes, just like every BB move, let’s start worshiping him about how great this signing was. How many of those have actually panned out in the last several years. We heard the same thing about Sanu and a slew of other moves. Yes, this gamble could work out but it could also flame out spectacularly. How about we wait before all the fawning over how brilliant this move was. I have a feeling Cam won’t even be on the roster by season’s end.

    46 98

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    Your jealousy is a delight. You’re a piddly little Mickey Mouse Ravens fan.

    How’s Blue Tooth Guy doing? Funny how NE is harrassed constantly for nothing while your team and others, constantly are doing the cheating.

  34. Yes, this gamble could work out but it could also flame out spectacularly. How about we wait before all the fawning over how brilliant this move was. I have a feeling Cam won’t even be on the roster by season’s end.

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    So, you say Pats fans should wait to see how it works out before saying its a good move, and then in the next sentence you say its not going to work out.

  35. Belichick’s most recent prior gamble (receiver Antonio Brown) blew up in the coach’s face

    You have to be kidding me Mr. Mike Florio…… How on God’s green earth can you say it blew up in his face?/

    Ab came here, was told the facts of life as a Patriot and practiced, played a game scored a TD and then forgot all HE was told… And that is why he is gone.. How does that reflect on the coach as Blowing up in his face???

    We are responsible each and everyone of us for our OWN actions…

  36. strength531 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:44 am
    So which is it, is he a gambler or mastermind? Can’t be both.

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    Of course it can be both.

  37. billsrthefuture says:
    June 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm
    “Buffalo fans that have wondered for years when it (losing to the Patriots) will ever end are now mocking Belichick. That’s a fool’s errand.”

    Well, let’s get started w/ the obvious: the days of “wondering” are over. Bills are better than the Pats, and will beat the Pats. Simple formula.

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    When was the last time the Bills beat the Patriots in a game that mattered? NE now has two QBs on their roster that are better than any QB on Buffalo’s roster.

    Wide right….the Bills lose again!

  38. How does that reflect on the coach as Blowing up in his face???

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    LaserLock

    Brady didn’t need top paid WR, Brady didn’t need top paid O-line, and Brady took pay cut.

    A good coach with such QB should be able to build a stable WR group around his QB, rather than grab someone in the middle of the seasons and fill up the holes.

    AB was not his fault, what is his fault is that he couldn’t give Brady a WR group that Brady could work with in July and August.

  39. is he a gambler or mastermind? Can’t be both.

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    He is a gambler, far far away from being a mastermind on offense (he didn’t even talk to his QB and WR on sideline).

    He had two triumphant gambles:
    #1, Start Brady in SB 2002 against Rams. Had Pats lost the game, People would have asked why he didn’t let Bledsoe start.
    #2, no timeout call in SB against Seahawks with 50 seconds left.

    His biggest losses on gambles:
    #1, Bench Malcohm Butler in SB against Eagles.
    #2, Let Deion Branch go without any proper replacement, which cost a SB trip to 2006 season. (would have been an easy SB win)

  40. It’s a good low-risk gamble for the Patriots. Even though Cam Newton isn’t a perfect fit for the current New England offense, he’s more ready than Stidham.

    I think depth is going to be more important than ever this season due to Covid-19. Even if your starting QB doesn’t test positive, he may have to be quarantined. For that reason alone I’m surprised that other teams didn’t jump to sign Cam Newton earlier.

  41. William Lee says:
    June 30, 2020 at 9:49 am
    How does that reflect on the coach as Blowing up in his face???

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    LaserLock

    Brady didn’t need top paid WR, Brady didn’t need top paid O-line, and Brady took pay cut.

    A good coach with such QB should be able to build a stable WR group around his QB, rather than grab someone in the middle of the seasons and fill up the holes.

    AB was not his fault, what is his fault is that he couldn’t give Brady a WR group that Brady could work with in July and August.

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    Poor Tampa Bay Tommy. That ogre Bill really had it in for him. LOL. It’s not like there aren’t a hundred other teams in NFL history with a QB who had to make do with the weapons they were given.

    I can’t wait till Cam or Stid and the Patriots surprise everyone and make a deep playoff run and Brady and his new team are home for the playoffs. Maybe the Tampa Bay Tommy lovers will start blaming the Bucs coach. 🙂

  42. Who knows… if Cam plays well he could be flipped to a QB needy team for a high draft pick. Rental but at that contract they’ll get something good. Obviously depends on Stidham’s progress.

  43. He is the type Bill looks for, regardless of position, in free agency. A veteran who has had success, a tough guy (yes I realize he didn’t jump on the fumble 8 years ago) and is still hungry. Bryan Cox, Mike Vrablel, Rodney Harrison, Corey Dillon. Legarrette Blount.

  44. Obviously Mike is oblivious to the Boston media which has ripped, second-guessed, hedged every single move bb ever made. And in fact the national media did too until they finally got tired of eating crow. It’s good to work smarter than the critics and know what the hell you’re doing.

  45. Another big name that didnt work out as well was Adalius Thomas. So much hype coming in and then just wasnt able to produce in the Pats defense. Injuries didnt help either

  46. I can’t wait till Cam or Stid and the Patriots surprise everyone and make a deep playoff run
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    GoodellMustGo

    LOL, sweat dream.

    All of Belichick’s “greatness” is built on that he didn’t have to overpay players for an offense that played better than Peyton’s offense in playoff, better than Brees’ offense in playoff, better than Rodgers’ offense in playoff.

    Your best hope of making playoff under SUPER CHEAP Belichick? an easy schedule or an one-year wonder from QB.

  47. GoodellMustGo,

    There are two kinds of plays : one kind is that defenders have receivers in front of him and can watch QB’s eyes, the other kind is that defenders can’t see QB’s eye.

    MVP or QBR is about QB’s ability of 2nd kind of plays which mostly depends on QB’s and WR’s athletic ability.

    The hardness of 2nd plays was never reflected in QBR.

    To succeed under Belichick, QB must be great in first kind of plays, not even Peyton, Rodgers or Brees can handle it because it overwhelmingly depends on QB’s talents from neck up (presnap reading, quick decision making,etc).

  48. VinScope says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:08 am
    Broken down QB who has barely played in two years. Is 0-8 in his last 8 starts. It’s not 2015 anymore!

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    This is the popular go to for the Patriots crybabies “0-8 in his last 8 starts”

    Of course you left out the part about the injury…

    Look so the 11 stats prior to the injury in 2018 .. 68% completion
    27 tds 7 into over 400 yards rushing and a QBR over 100.

    He doesn’t have to be the 2015 Cam Newton but he can be the 2018 cam if he continues to take the coaching like he did with N Turner

  49. William Lee says:
    June 29, 2020 at 10:17 pm
    promichey,

    Given that Belichick couldn’t “develop” Kosar, Testavarde and Bledsoe, what make you believe it was Belichick, not Brady , who developed those backup QB?

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    Buddy, Drew Bledsoe was the starter for 7 years before Bill came to NE. Is he supposed to ‘develop’ an existing franchise QB? That makes zero sense. Nobody is saying that every QB he drafts ends up a stud but more often then not they are good. There’s always gonna be a Ryan Mallett or whatever. He got something out of Cassel who didn’t even play in college!! And picked Jimmy G out of East West Nowhere State who’s now a top 10 QB in the league. So, ya not bad

  50. Buddy, Drew Bledsoe was the starter for 7 years before Bill came to NE. Is he supposed to ‘develop’ an existing franchise QB?

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    LOL,

    “Look away from intended receivers after snaps to fool defenders or freeze defenders a bit moment. ”

    That is part of the reasons that Pats was able to score average 3-10 more points per game immediately under Brady. (that is about 100 more points in 16 games)

    Go watch any full game in 2001 by Brady, you will see several such plays.

    IF this skill is developed by Belichick, why couldn’t he teach Bledsoe?

  51. William Lee says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:58 am
    Buddy, Drew Bledsoe was the starter for 7 years before Bill came to NE. Is he supposed to ‘develop’ an existing franchise QB?

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    LOL,

    “Look away from intended receivers after snaps to fool defenders or freeze defenders a bit moment. ”

    That is part of the reasons that Pats was able to score average 3-10 more points per game immediately under Brady. (that is about 100 more points in 16 games)

    Go watch any full game in 2001 by Brady, you will see several such plays.
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    Funny… sure didn’t look like it last year when Brady stunk it up in the last two games of the Patriots season and threw two season killing pick 6’s.

    Belichick as coach is 11-5 with Matt Cassel as his starter and 3-1 with Garoppolo starting the season and Jacoby Brissett. 14-8 without Brady since the start of the century. I wouldn’t worry about the coach of this team.

  52. “Belichick as coach is 11-5 with Matt Cassel”

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    The schedule in 2008 was as easy as that in the first half of 2019 season that Jets, Bills and Phins won 19 out of 30 against non AFCE teams. 2008 season actually proved that without Brady, Pats were just another AFCE team, even with Moss.

    BTW, you think Mahomes could have won SB with Belichick? would Belichick sign Sammy Watkins? Mahomes would have lost to 49ers without Sammy Watkins.

  53. With Brady out of the lineup (rare) Belichick’s winning percentage with backups was .636.

    That’s better than every 2019 AFC winning percentage other than three teams:

    KC
    Ravens
    Pats

  54. William Lee says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:00 am
    is he a gambler or mastermind? Can’t be both.

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    He is a gambler, far far away from being a mastermind on offense (he didn’t even talk to his QB and WR on sideline).

    He had two triumphant gambles:
    #1, Start Brady in SB 2002 against Rams. Had Pats lost the game, People would have asked why he didn’t let Bledsoe start.
    #2, no timeout call in SB against Seahawks with 50 seconds left.

    His biggest losses on gambles:
    #1, Bench Malcohm Butler in SB against Eagles.
    #2, Let Deion Branch go without any proper replacement, which cost a SB trip to 2006 season. (would have been an easy SB win)

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    Butler was so hurt by not being wildy overpaid as a nickelback, he lost focus and quit, playing like hot garbage that postseason. He also had the flu (or maybe he faked it to protest why he wasn’t involved much in the gameplan, while telling coaches to “shut the f up” when he arrived), and came late.

    The reasons for the sb loss vs the Eagles were this:

    1. No Edelman or Hightower. Two of the best postseasob gamers of the modern era.

    2. Jon Jones, arguably the game’s best nickel, broke his foot late in the year.

    3. Brady dropped a perfectly thrown ball and stopped running through the catch.

    4. The D needed one of 2 3rd down stands and didn’t get it.

    5. Goodell cheated again against NE and changed the catch rule during the game in the Clement TD that was not a TD.

  55. McLaughlin says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:36 am
    Another big name that didnt work out as well was Adalius Thomas. So much hype coming in and then just wasnt able to produce in the Pats defense. Injuries didnt help either

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    Was All Pro in ‘07 and moved to MLb in ‘08 and played well next to Mayo. It was the OLB spot that was the problem in 2008 with an aging Vrabel.

    Not a great financial return, but nowhere near what you just said.

  56. Funny… sure didn’t look like it last year when Brady stunk it up in the last two games of the Patriots season and threw two season killing pick 6’s.

    Belichick as coach is 11-5 with Matt Cassel as his starter and 3-1 with Garoppolo starting the season and Jacoby Brissett. 14-8 without Brady since the start of the century. I wouldn’t worry about the coach of this team.
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    Its disingenuous to caveat “turn of the century” so you don’t have to acknowledge Belichick was 5-11 in his first season with the Pats and actually has an overall record of .500 without Brady. Why lob off one year? Was BB not the coach in 2000? I understand it was his first year in NE, but that doesn’t mean you get to just forget that happened.

  57. Its disingenuous to caveat “turn of the century” so you don’t have to acknowledge Belichick was 5-11 in his first season with the Pats and actually has an overall record of .500 without Brady. Why lob off one year? Was BB not the coach in 2000? I understand it was his first year in NE, but that doesn’t mean you get to just forget that happened.
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    Century starts in 2001 not 2000 so what I said isn’t wrong…not to mention the fact that if you have to go back 20 years to find a “bad” season by Belichick then that’s not much of an argument that he’s nothing today without Brady.

    It’s interesting that if you look closely at that 2000 season… it actually wasn’t quite as hopeless as the record indicated. Tough schedule IIRC and 9 of their 11 losses were by one score or less. So they weren’t that far off from relevance.

  58. …not to mention the fact that if you have to go back 20 years to find a “bad” season by Belichick then that’s not much of an argument that he’s nothing today without Brady.

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    GoodellMustGo,

    #1, He was an “I can’t win if opponent scores 20 points” kind of coach before Brady.
    #2, Brady didn’t need top paid WR; Brady didn’t need top paid O-line, Brady took pay cut, and Belichick still couldn’t put a stable WR group around his QB.
    #3, he was never able to build running game for his QB, except two seasons.
    #4, he is terrible at draft on offense, and couldn’t find a decent backup for Gronk who everyone knew might be injured at any time.

    Tell me, what skills must a QB have to be able to survive under such a “genius”?

  59. McLaughlin says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:36 am
    Another big name that didnt work out as well was Adalius Thomas. So much hype coming in and then just wasnt able to produce in the Pats defense. Injuries didnt help either

    1 0 Rate This

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    Was All Pro in ‘07 and moved to MLb in ‘08 and played well next to Mayo. It was the OLB spot that was the problem in 2008 with an aging Vrabel.

    Not a great financial return, but nowhere near what you just said.

    You’re right Bill was just hoping for one good season out of him. I stick to my original comment

  60. McLaughlin says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:36 am
    Another big name that didnt work out as well was Adalius Thomas. So much hype coming in and then just wasnt able to produce in the Pats defense. Injuries didnt help either

    1 0 Rate This

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    Was All Pro in ‘07 and moved to MLb in ‘08 and played well next to Mayo. It was the OLB spot that was the problem in 2008 with an aging Vrabel.

    Not a great financial return, but nowhere near what you just said.

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    You’re right Bill was just hoping for one good season out of him. I stick to my original comment

  61. What you guys are not understanding is that, not just any team was going to get Cam on a $7.5m incentive 1 year deal. There’s a reason they got him cheap, it’s because he is OK with taking that to play for BB and the Pats. Similar to how Jameis took much cheaper to be able to learn under Payton and Brees.

  62. GOAT respectively Brady and Belichick. Haters are going to hate but the numbers tell the truth. BTW I am not really a Pats fan but find them interesting and innovative.
    Does any of you “Newton will not start” actually remember what a healthy Cam Newton looked like in Carolina? Remember MVP? Or do you judge a QB by what he wears to a post game interview? Newton will be a day one starter and Josh and Bill will have him in prime form as every other QB they have coached.

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