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The 2 most important people on any team, as far as winning games go, are the head coach and the quarterback. Tom Brady has done a great job on the field, but this may be one of Bill Belichick's finest ever coaching jobs. The Patriots had already dealt with a lot before the season had even begun, and after the season, as well. Shane Vereen went down with injury early and Stevan Ridley had ball security issues, as well as Gronk taking his time getting back. When things like that happen, the coach is usually the one who is responsible for keeping the ship afloat, and making the necessary adjustments, and that's what Belichick did. He was able to keep the Patriots ship heading in the right direction until Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski returned from injury, and he kept the Patriots right in the middle of the playoff race.
And I haven't even gotten to his in-game adjustments, specifically pertaining to these past 2 games, and the game against Miami at Gillette a few weeks ago. In the first half of the Denver game, Peyton Manning's offense put up 24 points without the Patriots putting up a fight. In the Texans game last week, the Pats were outscored 21-7 before turning up the offense in the second half and winning 34-31.
All in all, this might be one of Bill Belichick's best ever seasons as coach of the Patriots. Of course, Brady gets his fair share of the credit, but we can't forget about the job Bill Belichick has done.
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