So, is it the brilliant coach or the talented quarterback most responsible for the New England Patriots dynasty? Rex Ryan says it’s Tom Brady.
Now, for a caveat. There is no right answer to this question, which has come up more frequently since Brady left the Patriots for Tampa earlier this year. Together, coach Bill Belichick and Brady won six Super Bowls in nine appearances.
Ryan, the former NFL head coach and son of a head coach, makes his living these days giving his opinion. The more bombastic the better.
On Monday, Ryan appeared on ESPN’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin” show. That’s when he reignited two debates. Ryan said Brady is the boss. And the Patriots playoff run is dead.
“It’s over,” Ryan said. “The playoff run is over. Pass the (AFC East) torch to the Buffalo Bills. I think they’re going to end up being behind Miami when it’s all said and done as well.”
Brady has helped lead the Buccaneers, his new team, to a 5-2 record. The Patriots are a very uncharacteristic 2-5.
Ryan’s opinion led to some mockery on Twitter.
This Isn’t First time Rex Ryan Has Highlighted Tom Brady
Give Ryan props. He’s consistent with his opinion about Brady. Back in April, he told ESPN’s “First Take” that Brady was responsible for all those Super Bowl rings.
“It was definitely Tom Brady,” Ryan said. “If I’ve got to take one I’m taking Brady.
“Let’s give [Belichick] somebody else, let’s give him [former Jets quarterback] Geno Smith, let’s give him whoever, and let’s see how many Super Bowls he would have won. We saw the answer was zero in Cleveland.”
Brady has thrown for 1,909 yards, with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Meanwhile, Belicheck is using Cam Newton, the former starter at Carolina, as his QB1. Newton is having a rocky season. On Sunday, he fumbled at the Buffalo 14 with 31 seconds to play. The Bills won, 24-21. Belichick said he’s sticking with Newton for at least another game.