ugg hats uk Tom Brady And Bill Belichick Are Once Again A Picture Of Success
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The quarterback and the coach were brought together when the New England Patriots were still residing in a rickety old stadium, a franchise still defined more by folly than glory.
In 2000, Bill Belichick was trying to resurrect his coaching career as he was handed the keys to the team by owner Robert Kraft. Tom Brady was an anonymous sixth round draft pick out of Michigan and considered little more than a depth player. And the Patriots were less than two years removed from nearly relocating 100 miles south to Connecticut’s capital city.
It took two seasons for Belichick and Brady to turn the Patriots and the NFL upside down. The franchise won its first Super Bowl after the 2001 season, led by Brady’s improbable rise from backup to star. There would be three titles in four years, a new stadium in 2002, and the label as the NFL’s model franchise.
And the faces of the football renaissance were the coach and the quarterback. More than a decade later, nothing has changed.
The Patriots have defeated the Colts in the past five meetings, including a 42 20 win on Nov. 16, 2014. When the teams met in a Divisional Playoff games last year, New England breezed to a 43 22 victory.
The Colts are facing.
They have won an NFL best 19 postseason games together. Their 160 regular season wins is the most of the Super Bowl era, well ahead of Miami’s Don Shula and Dan Marino (116). They have won six AFC East titles in a row and 11 in 12 seasons.
After all these years, not much has changed for the future Hall of Famers. As different as they appear when addressing the media Brady is perpetually smiling, Belichick is visibly dour they share some core traits. He played the game at Wesleyan before embarking on a career in the NFL. He began as a low paid staffer with the Baltimore Colts in 1975 before the Detroit Lions hired him as a special teams assistant.
By 1979, he landed a job with the Giants and eventually coached under Bill Parcells. His first head coaching job was a disaster (36 42 in five seasons in Cleveland) and he rejoined Parcells with the Patriots in 1996 before following him to the Jets a year later.
Kraft saw something in Belichick during his year in New England and he brought him back to replace Pete Carroll. Fifteen years later, Belichick has not deviated from his coaching style, whether it’s a Sunday in October or the AFC Championship Game.
“I think he’s kind of the same,” receiver Julian Edelman said. “He brings in the same approach every day. You know what you’re going to get with what he presents that day his keys and all of his stuff. He tries to keep it even keel and that’s one of the reasons why each and every week we ignore everything [outside] of our little office and just worry about what we have to do and it usually prepares us for the games.”
One way he helps players prepare? With impromptu quizzes. If Belichick is passing a player in the hall, he might ask a question about the next opponent. He’ll also play quizmaster in front of other players, almost shaming his players to know the answer or risk embarrassment.
It’s a classic game of psychological manipulation, but players understand the purpose.
“I think it’s [about] accountability,” tackle Nate Solder said. “We’re all held to a very high standard on what we know, how much we know, and I think it shows our coaches, but it also shows each other, that we’re preparing and we’re doing the things that we need to be doing to be ready to play.”
Edelman said those unexpected questions force players especially young players to prepare, on and off the field. Early in his career, Edelman would feel anxious when he saw Belichick approaching.
“When I see him in the hallway now I still just kind of walk I don’t have anxiety, but you’re always being tested with him,” Edelman said. “You could be walking down the hallway and he’ll say, ‘Who’s the opponent, what [are] his strengths?’ When you’re usually asked a question or something, it’s around the team. You don’t want to be ‘that guy’ that doesn’t know the answer or says the wrong answer. You go to play the game with these guys and they’re looking to the left and right and you’re in that huddle you want them thinking and knowing that you’re as prepared as best as possible. Having that accountability,
being dependable, being consistent all of those things, it’s his way of doing things. It’s weird, but it works.”
But playing for Belichick is not easy. Players say they know what to expect and Belichick’s demonstrated success goes a long way with players, but they also understand the demands.
“I just have to say it’s an honor to play for an organization like this,” said guard Dan Connolly, who joined the Patriots in 2008 after two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Coach Belichick is my coach. He asks a lot of us, and we come to work every day and prepare to work hard. It’s a good organization to play for.”
Belichick also keeps a consistent public persona. He’ll praise his opponent, he’ll talk about the next game without dwelling on the last game, he dismisses superficiality and is happy to talk about the minutiae of the sport he loves. There’s no room for celebrating or basking in the success, not with the next opponent looming.
Asked this week about leading a team to his ninth conference championship and how that experience helps, Belichick appeared pained.
“Well, it’s obvious,” he said. “You need to play well at this time. Every team is good. The Colts are a great team. We’re going to have to play our best game. That’s what I’ve learned. But right now, I don’t really care about any of the other games last week, last year, 10 years ago, whatever it was. All our focus is on the Colts, and we’ve got to do a good job with our preparation for Indianapolis.”
More Than A Pretty Boy
The easy sketch of Brady? He’s the style to Belichick’s substance. He does advertisements for trendy UGG boots; Belichick lives in a hoodie. Brady is married to an international supermodel and is a jet setter and a celebrity, a contrast to Belichick’s film room coach persona.
Except, Brady and Belichick are football soul mates. Maybe it’s because Brady has played only for Belichick, but he preaches the same gospel diligence, consistency, accountability.
And Brady is competitive. Maybe the most competitive guy in the locker room.
“He is so competitive,” said defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, a teammate since 2004. “That’s the first thing I always see. And everybody always asks me, ‘How is Tom?’ I don’t think there’s anybody else in this locker room that is more competitive than Tom. I mean, I don’t care if it’s a conversation, I don’t care if it’s practice, I don’t care if it’s seven on seven, I don’t care if it’s game day, I don’t care if it’s in the film room. He wants to be at his best.”