“I don’t think he’s a great coach,” Bayless said. “I think he’s a very good one. All I know is that in his first six years of head coaching, he had five losing seasons before Tom Brady fell out of the sky and into his lap. And by the way, in that year of 2001, with Bill Belichick as the head coach, he had fallen to 0-2 and I know various assistants on his staff were ready to put their house on the market because they all thought they were going to get fired after they went 5-11 the previous year … if he’s an all-time great coach, he would have been better than he was in Cleveland. Tom Brady saved his job and turned around his career.”
I'm really not going to waste my time going on a long rant about how this is an all-time batshit crazy take, because again, I don't think Skip actually believes this.
What I will say, though, is that Belichick's Cleveland Browns teams in the early 1990's improved just about every year in his tenure aside from 1995 when it had already been decided that the team was moving to Baltimore to become the Ravens. Hell, he even beat the Patriots in a playoff game in 1994.
The sad thing is that I like Skip for what he is. He's a troll. But a take like this screams "Undisputed sucks and we need ratings and publicity real bad." First Take is probably still king, but that's just a guess on my part.
The other part of this that seems really weird to me is that Skip is a big fan of Tom Brady and the Patriots as a whole. He's called Belichick the greatest coach of all time before, so calling him anything less than great really doesn't hold any weight to me.
But anyway, nice try, Skip. When Undisputed goes off the air, I'll be interested to see what your next move is.