Bonus: Brady vs. Belichick 2020

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Tom Brady wins Round 1 in the NFL’s most celebrated divorce. He’s on the verge of going to the playoffs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008. For this season, Bill Belichick misses Brady a lot more than Brady misses Belichick... even though the Bucs would be much better than 9-5 if Belichick was coaching them instead of Bruce Arians. But what about The Patriots Dynasty? Is Brady really The GOAT? Or was it Belichick? Or did they need each other? NFL superstar analysts Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth stop by the pod to break it down.

FROM THE EPISODE:

It used to be Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The GOAT of quarterbacks and The GOAT of coaches. Now it’s Tom Brady versus Bill Belichick. It’s a matter of opinion who was more important to the Patriots dynasty, which is now officially over. But it’s not up for debate who won Round One in Season One of their divorce. [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell stepped in and stopped the fight. It’s Brady by TKO.

Tom is on the verge of taking his new best buddies in Tampa Bay to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a wild-card spot a virtual certainty and a division championship still a possibility. Belichick and the Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday in Miami and will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008 and only the fourth time in Belichick’s 21 years in New England.

For this season, Belichick clearly misses Brady more than Brady misses Belichick. That was evident even before pictures made the rounds of Tom standing in front of his brand-new baby blue multi-million-dollar boat docked in St. Petersburg, Florida. That was just about the same time Boston was getting socked with more than a foot of snow. Advantage: Brady.

In this episode of The GOAT: Tom Brady, I’m going to bring in my long-time friends Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth, two of the all-time best football analysts, to weigh in on the Brady vs. Belichick argument.

As far as the argument who misses who more for 2020, the exclamation point arrived Sunday:

Just as Brady was on fire finishing off a comeback victory in Atlanta after being down 17 in the third quarter to get the Bucs to 9-5, the Patriots loss to the Dolphins dropped to 6-8 and now all that’s left of their season is trying to avoid their first losing season in 20 years.

Brady was asked after Sunday’s game if he’s been paying attention to the Patriots this season and the fact they’re not going to make the playoffs for the first time in 11 years…

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