Bill Belichick, with help from Tom Brady, has been main driver of Patriots’ success

first_imgThe Patriots have opened 21 games with someone else in the position since the start of 2001: two before Brady took over when Drew Bledsoe was injured, 15 after he hurt his knee in 2008 and Matt Cassell took over, four when he was suspended in 2016 for Deflategate and Jimmy Garoppolo took over. New England won 13 of those, lost eight, a .619 winning percentage. Not bad for working with backup QBs, even guys as talented as those three.Of course, the greatest ingredient in whether Belichick can succeed without Brady is who is installed as his replacement. Starting quarterbacks are not as easy to find as he, when required, has made it seem. And the most important element of Brady’s success is the circumstance he chooses to enter. He needs a high-level offensive line and some capable (at least) route-running receivers. They both could fail badly in this department.We will learn in the coming season or seasons how well they do separately, whether Instant Karma is going to get either one. Or both. The six Lombardi Trophies won by the New England Patriots are on display at the team’s hall of fame and museum. Nine of the 27 players honored by the Pats played at least some role in claiming those Super Bowl titles. And yet we all know this dynasty is primarily the work of two men.Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the most successful tandem inside a broader concern since John Lennon and Paul McCartney were forming the core of The Beatles. Those guys eventually split up, though, and so it is with the modern Patriots. Belichick will stay in New England and remain the Pats’ head coach. Brady will go elsewhere, and not merely to sit beside Giselle on some (private) beach.If they could not remain together, this is the wise choice for the Patriots.MORE: Why did Tom Brady leave the Patriots?It is possible that Brady, who will be 43 when his next season begins, has several more years of excellent football in his right arm. It is possible Belichick, who soon will turn 68, shortly may decide he has called enough blitzes and cut enough special teamers that he would prefer to spend his remaining years with his girlfriend, Linda Holliday. Either way, each man is closer to the end of his career than to the beginning.Not only does Belichick’s future appear more extensive, though, he also has been the primary reason for all that excellence. Brady has been a spectacular quarterback, the ideal player to execute his coach’s vision on offense, but there is so much more to what has made the Patriots great than the number of points they score.How do we quantify this? How can we measure one relative to the other, because they have been together for so long and elevated each other so much?Lennon and McCartney shared writing credit on all their Beatles songs, but it was often obvious which one wrote most or all of a particular tune. “Blackbird” was pure McCartney. “Strawberry Fields Forever” had Lennon written all over it. You could even tell which wrote what part of “A Day in the Life.”With the Pats, the separation is even more clear. Belichick has been in control of much of the operation, even before Brady arrived. In fact, he quite obviously brought Brady into the squad. And although a head coach such as Belichick does not have singular control over every defensive or offensive call, or every piece of advice imparted by his position coaches or coordinators, it is his operation.The Patriots finished first in the NFL in scoring defense three times since the dynasty was launched in 2001. They finished first in scoring offense four times. They ranked higher in offense 12 times, in defense five times, and twice they were equal. Even though Belichick’s background is as a defensive coach, the offense has been the primary driver of success.MORE: Who will be Patriots’ new QB? Exploring the optionsBrady essentially is 0-0 without Belichick as his coach. He entered the league in 2000, became the starter in 2001 and has compiled a record of 219-64 as starting QB.last_img read more

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IRISH SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ADULT LEARNERS THIS SUMMER

first_imgScholarships for Adult Learners of Irish on Oideas Gael Courses, supported by Foras na Gaeilge.Oideas Gael is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for adult learners on Irish courses in Gleann Cholm Cille and Coimín, Gleann Fhinne, Co. Dhún na nGall.  Courses are held weekly from now till the end of August at all levels from absolute beginner to fuller fluency. Persons awarded scholarship should be resident in Northern Ireland and register beforehand with the LÍOFA 2015 Scheme, which can be done simply by going on-line to:  http://www.liofa.eu/signPriority in the selection process will be accorded to those who have not previously had the opportunity to study Irish while at school, or lack the means of attending courses without scholarship assistance.Applications are invited by telephoning Oideas Gael at 00353 74 97 30248 or by contacting the office via e-mail at [email protected] with a brief outline as to why you should receive a scholarship.Oideas Gael wishes to thank Foras na Gaeilge for scholarship funding. Eolas/Information  +353 87 9173106 (Liam)Scoláireachtaí do Fhoghlaimeoirí Fásta Gaeilge ar chúrsaí Oideas Gael le tacaíocht ó Fhoras na GaeilgeTá áthas ar Oideas Gael a fhógairt go bhfuil scoláireachtaí ar fáil do dhaoine fásta ar a chuid cúrsaí Gaeilge i nGleann Cholm Cille agus ar An Choimin, Gleann Fhinne. Beidh cúrsaí ar siúl gach seachtain ó seo go deireadh mhí Lúnasa agus iad ar gach uile leibhéal ó ghlantosaitheoir go líofa.Beidh ar an té ar a mbronnfar scoláireacht a bheith ina gcónaí i dTuaisceart Éireann agus orthu clárú roimh ré le Scéim LÍOFA 2015. Thig sin a dhéanamh ach dul ar-líne go:     http://www.liofa.eu/signTabharfar tús áite dóibh siúd nach raibh deis acu Gaeilge a fhoghlaim ar scoil nó nach bhfuil d’acmhainn acu freastal ar chúrsa gan cuidiú scoláireachta.Tá fáilte roimh iarrthóirí glaoch ar oifig Oideas Gael ag  +353 74 97 30248 nó r-phost a sheoladh chugainn ag  [email protected] Tá Oideas Gael faoi mhórchomaoin ag Foras na Gaeilge as an scéim seo a mhaoiniú.Tá sonrai ar chúrsaí Oideas Gael ar fáil ag:  www.oideasgael.ieIRISH SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ADULT LEARNERS THIS SUMMER was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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