Greg Doyel on D&C: Bill Belichick ‘shows no loyalty to anybody’
|03.19.13 at 10:39 am ET|
CBSSports.com writer Greg Doyel talked with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss his recent column about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, in which he suggests Belichick is overrated and Brady deserves the credit for the team’s success.
“[Belichick is] walking across that tightrope every single year, thinking, ‘Look how brave I am on this tightrope, I’m going to get from here to there,’ and there’s a huge safety net three feet below him named Tom Brady, only he doesn’t even seem to get it. … He’s got the greatest quarterback of this generation and has had him for 10 or 12 years,” Doyel said. “Up and down in the NFL, history shows, great quarterbacks win, period. Great quarterbacks do not lose, they do win, and my feeling is the coach pretty much gets too much credit.
“The way he jettisons everybody, the way he shows no loyalty to anybody, the list of Patriots he’s just cut loose or franchised and chased them out of town or whatever. From [Wes] Welker, all the way back to Asante Samuel before, the arrogance of that suggests to me that he’s arrogant not because he knows Tom Brady lets him get away with it. He’s arrogant because he thinks he gets away with it.”
Doyel also discussed the comparisons between Brady in 2001, when he won his first Super Bowl, and Brady today.
“Clearly the Brady that evolved after 2001 was better than that one because players do get better, and the [Matt] Cassel thing is a feather in Belichick’s cap,” Doyel said, adding: “But about 2008, I think the Patriots had superior talent on both sides of the ball, but on defense, too, in large part because players go where Brady is. But in 2001, yeah, Brady wasn’t the Brady he is now, but he’s still Brady.”
While Doyel does believe that Belichick is a good coach, he does not classify him as “great.” Two coaches who he would put in that category are the Harbaugh brothers.
“Both Harbaughs are great,” Doyel said. “I think Jim Harbaugh, specifically Jim, even though he didn’t win the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh is the greatest football coach in the world.
“When I say that about Harbaugh, yeah it’s about what’s now, but it’s everywhere. It’s everywhere. He went to San Diego — not San Diego State, San Diego. Terrible program, and they won, and then when he left they kept winning because whatever does, he puts his culture of winning that continued after he was gone. He goes to Stanford, can’t win. They win there, they keep winning after he’s gone, the culture continues. San Francisco, too. There’s something about him that’s just really, really special.”