Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports: “Tom Brady (left) and Bill Belichick (right) celebrate after winning a game.”
With an amazing run spanning 17 years, nine Super Bowl appearances, and seven Super Bowl rings, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots are great contenders for the best coachquarterback duo of all time. The Patriots have been the gold standard in the NFL, but how much longer will they reign? As Brady approaches the age of 40, it is only a matter of time until his performance is expected to deteriorate.
However, Brady has no plans to retire any time soon. His recent performance has shown that he is nowhere near done with his career. He was among the league’s top quarterbacks and finished second in MVP voting. Brady, additionally, stated last year that he would like to play as many as 10 more seasons if possible. If he is true to his word, Brady could become one of the oldest professional football players in the history of the sport.
Yet will the Belichick-Brady coach-quarterback combo prevail into those future years? “That’s a good question,” Brady said when asked who he thought would retire first: he or Belichick. “I don’t know what he plans on doing. He’s the best, and I’ve been very lucky to play for him,” Brady said of Belichick. “He’s so focused on coaching and doing anything he can to help us win. There’s no B.S. with Coach Belichick, and I think that’s what players appreciate. When you come into the program, you realize it’s all about football and it’s not a bunch of rah-rah crap that’s not going to matter and has no bearing on preparing you for the game.”
Belichick, similarly, has said that he “hasn’t really thought about retirement.” There’s no indication that his drive is fading; he seems to be content with coaching the Patriots forever. “I don’t really see it as work. It actually beats working,” Belichick stated. “You get to do what you love to do, dealing with a lot of great people. I have a great staff. Players work hard and are very cooperative and compliant. They have a great attitude about teamwork, playing unselfishly, and working unselfishly. Really doesn’t feel like work.”
Team owner Robert Kraft, likewise, seems to cherish the duo while they’re still in their prime. “For as long as the good Lord helps me breathe,” Kraft remarked, “I hope they’re playing or coaching.”
For now there seems to be no indication that the Belichick-Brady train is slowing down, and with the duo’s history, another championship is very much within reach.
By Andrew Gargiulo