Brady + Belichick = Stengel + Berra

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Brady + Belichick = Stengel + Berra

There has been a lot of talk about who is more impor­tant Brady or Belichick as the Patri­ots, much to the delight of New Eng­lan­ders and the dis­may of the Anti-​Trump crowd (except­ing those in NE that is) reach their 7th Super­bowl, but if you really want to under­stand how much Brady & Belichick each of them mean to each other, think Yogi Berra & Casey Stengel.

Unlike Belichick, Sten­gel has been a cham­pion player but like Bill, as the man in charge he never had much suc­cess until he was paired with Berra. As he once said when asked about the secret of his suc­cess. “I never play a game with­out my man.”

Like Brady who had a year with a very good Drew Bled­soe, Berra had a Bill Dickey as a team­mate and coach.

Of course there are dif­fer­ences, off the field Brady is known for his strict phys­i­cal reg­i­men, Yogi was an odd look­ing sort. Yogi was known for being a bad ball hit­ter with an odd style, Brady is con­sid­ered methodical.

And both Brady

and Yogi

were pop­u­lar with advertisers.

All four of them belong to teams that were hated for their suc­cess and both had suc­cess long into their tenures.

But when it comes down to it the real answer to the ques­tion oft asked is Belichick’s suc­cess only due to Brady will not be answered until either Brady or Belichick leaves.

When Sten­gel was fired Berra won two more world series titles under a dif­fer­ent man­ager while Casey took over the expan­sion Mets and led them to new heights of ineptness.

It’s unlikely that Belichick will be going any­where any­time soon and even less likely, thanks to the health régime of Brady that he will be replaced right away, but until we see either a Belichick­less Patri­ots under Brady or a 40 some­thing Tom Ter­rific play­ing else­where the answer to that ques­tion will have to remain spec­u­la­tion reserved for sports talk radio.

And we Pats fans will just have to set­tle for winning.

There has been a lot of talk about who is more important Brady or Belichick as the Patriots, much to the delight of New Englanders and the dismay of the Anti-Trump crowd (excepting those in NE that is) reach their 7th Superbowl, but if you really want to understand how much Brady & Belichick each of them mean to each other, think Yogi Berra & Casey Stengel.

Unlike Belichick, Stengel has been a champion player but like Bill, as the man in charge he never had much success until he was paired with Berra. As he once said when asked about the secret of his success. “I never play a game without my man.”

Like Brady who had a year with a very good Drew Bledsoe, Berra had a Bill Dickey as a teammate and coach.

Of course there are differences, off the field Brady is known for his strict physical regimen, Yogi was an odd looking sort. Yogi was known for being a bad ball hitter with an odd style, Brady is considered methodical.

And both Brady

and Yogi

were popular with advertisers.

All four of them belong to teams that were hated for their success and both had success long into their tenures.

But when it comes down to it the real answer to the question oft asked is Belichick’s success only due to Brady will not be answered until either Brady or Belichick leaves.

When Stengel was fired Berra won two more world series titles under a different manager while Casey took over the expansion Mets and led them to new heights of ineptness.

It’s unlikely that Belichick will be going anywhere anytime soon and even less likely, thanks to the health regime of Brady that he will be replaced right away, but until we see either a Belichickless Patriots under Brady or a 40 something Tom Terrific playing elsewhere the answer to that question will have to remain speculation reserved for sports talk radio.

And we Pats fans will just have to settle for winning.