New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has high praise for his dominant quarterback and witty head coach. It makes sense Kraft has an affinity for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as they are the winning-est quarterback and coach tandem in NFL history.
Kraft was on air for Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and expressed that Belichick is the best coach in NFL history and Brady is the best quarterback in league history.
“I don’t think there’s been one in the history of the NFL — I think we’re privileged to have, probably, the finest coach and the finest quarterback, and we happen to have them at the same time,” Kraft said. “It’s going to be hard to win continuously without a good coach and a good quarterback. Next season, please God, will be our 20th season. And we’ve hired two coaches in that time — two head coaches — and we’ve had two quarterbacks start for our team in those 20 seasons.”
It is tough to dispute the success of Brady and Belichick and therefore Kraft’s claims may indeed be true, even if he does have a bias for his quarterback and coach. Brady and Belichick have won 136 regular season games and won the AFC East 10 times in 12 seasons together. They have reached five Super Bowls and won the Lombardi trophy three times.
Belichick proved he can build a dominant defense in the early 2000’s. Now, he has constructed a team with arguably the most high octane offense in the league. Belichick may not be the most well liked coach league wide, but the respect for his football knowledge is undeniable.
Brady, meanwhile, has all the statistics to back up that he is the best quarterback in NFL history. The two-time MVP has tossed 334 touchdown passes, fifth most in NFL history. Tom Brady has an outstanding 136-39 record in the regular season, as he posts the best winning percentage (.777) in league history. Brady has thrown for 44,806 yards, ninth most in NFL history.
Brady’s ability to function in the clutch successfully may be the most impressive aspect of his game. He has led the team to 26 fourth quarter comebacks and 37 game-winning drives, including the regular season and the playoffs. Brady was the Super Bowl MVP for two of the three Patriots Super Bowl victories, orchestrating game-winning drives in the final minute in each of those games.
Robert Kraft is certainly correct in saying that Belichick is the best coach ever and Brady is the best quarterback to ever play the game.