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New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles battle it out for Lombardi Trophy

Tom Brady

February 2, 2018

By: Fred Koury

Or as it is called in Cleveland, Black Sunday. Every year, devoted Browns fans sit down in front of the TV to watch somebody else’s teams compete for the Lombardi Trophy. And once again we are forced to watch one of our many cast-off coaches: Bill Belichick.

As hard as it is to stomach that, I have come to admire the Patriots — and even Belichick. In a business where getting to the Super Bowl once a decade is viewed as great success, the Patriots have set the gold standard by quadrupling that rate since Belichick’s arrival.

Remarkably, they they have done so without what every leader desires — the best talent. While Tom Brady may well be the best quarterback ever, he is far from being the most talented. But he is one thing for sure: dependable. And that is everything to his coach.

In an interview last year with CNBC, Belichick shared one of his keys to success. “You have to go with the person who you have the most confidence in, the most consistent,” he said. “And if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, but I’m going down with that person.”

So far that’s worked 5 out of 7 times with Brady. And I wouldn’t bet against a sixth.