What is ‘The Patriot Way’ anyway?
There are almost too many subplots to keep track of the road to the Super Bowl this weekend. There’s the Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes narrative. There is talk of Brady’s legacy and Andy Reid’s place in the all-time coaching hierarchy. There is also the Brady referendum against Belichick.
If Brady wins his seventh Super Bowl and his first without his grumpy sidekick genius, he further solidifies his status as the best quarterback in the game, while also discounting some of Belichick’s contributions. A loss to Brady would be one point in favor of Belichick’s claim to the title of best coach in NFL history. Or at least that’s the way of thinking. It’s silly, but the talking heads need some way to fill the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
But former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who could have been left out of that discussion, has chosen a side. Appearing in FS1’s The first is the first, Amendola said that Brady and the players deserve more credit for their success than the coaching staff.
“When you see ‘Patriot Way’ in the dictionary, it will have Tom Brady’s name next to it,” Amendola said. “None of those coaches threw any passes. None of those coaches caught any passes. None of those coaches made any tackles. They put the guys in the right position because they watch a lot of movies and spend all their time on the premises. But Tom Brady is the Patriot Way, and that’s why Tom Brady is in the Super Bowl right now and the Patriots aren’t. “
During Belichick and Brady’s dominant careers in New England, their success came to be defined by an ambiguous tao called “The Patriot Way.” The term dates back to at least 2005 when, after the third Brady-Belichick era Super Bowl victory, the Boston Globe published a commemorative book entitled, Patriot Way: the path to a modern NFL dynasty. But what is it exactly? No one can tell, not even the players. Dont’a Hightower told the Houston Chronicle in 2017 that “There is no definition.” It is a nonsensical phrase that implies that there is a secret recipe for success that other teams have not been able to replicate. (Well, except for the St. Louis Cardinals, who have his “Cardinal Way”.)
What Amendola is saying isn’t particularly groundbreaking or controversial. A team may have the best coaching staff in the world, but it needs talented players capable of executing the plans laid out by the coaches. You can have the best coaches in the world, but if you trust, say, the 2020 version of Cam Newton instead of Tom Brady, you’re not going to win many games.
So who deserves more credit for the Patriots’ success? Both, obviously. Brady doesn’t win six Super Bowls if he doesn’t have a great coach who puts the rest of the team in the right positions, and Belichick doesn’t win six rings if he doesn’t have one great all-time player at most. important position in the field. But that probably wouldn’t fuel two weeks of sports radio.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.