Patriots: Ty Law says Bill Belichick gets more credit for dynasty than Tom Brady
By Mike Luciano
The New England Patriots didn’t create one of the greatest dynasties in American sports on the strength of just Tom Brady alone, as Bill Belichick built some dominant defenses featuring a good helping of Hall of Fame players like cornerback Ty Law.
Law made five Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro selection twice in his career, intercepting 53 passes and winning three championships along the way.
Of all the great defensive players he has had, a case could be made that Law is the best cornerback Belichick has ever coached.
In the ever-raging debate over who should be given the bulk of the credit for the success of the Patriots over the last two decades, Law finally threw his hat into the ring on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Law is siding with his former head coach over his quarterback.
Law was willing to state that Belichick has more value than Brady, claiming that he can still be a very good coach long after Brady has retired.
He also asserted that Brady winning a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers doesn’t prove he was more valuable, citing all of the talents around him as the primary reason for the ring.
Patriots legend Ty Law thinks Bill Belichick is the reason they won so much.
“Belichick has a lot more upside because Belichick can coach a lot longer than Brady can play,” he explained. “Brady is on, for most people, on the bottom side of his career. He’s got another year or so left. He’s playing great football.”
This sounds less like a shot at Tom and more like a former defensive player waxing poetically about how great Belichick is. During the early years of the dynasty, Brady was not throwing for 400 yards every game, so that defense needed to put him in positions wherein he could be successful.
While Brady is surrounded by an arsenal of tremendous talent in Tampa, he’s still making all of the same throws that he’s perfected over the years. Why don’t we just chalk the dynasty up to two people who are the best at what they do combining to form a team that was unbeatable when everything was clicking?
It might not be the most satisfying answer, but it’s probably close to the truth.
We likely won’t come closer to any sort of resolution in the wake of Brady’s return to New England, nor will we get an answer in the next few years, but it is fun to hear what players from those teams believe made those squads tick.