Bill Belichick talks with Duke’s Coach K about what Tom Brady does best for the Patriots

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a lot of respect and praise for his quarterback Tom Brady.

And he made that known when he spoke to Duke basketball’s head coach Mike Krzyzewski for Wednesday night’s edition of the Sirius XM show, “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.”

In this episode, we got an in-depth look at how Belichick relies on Brady’s instincts and what the coach thinks his quarterback does best for the team.

“The biggest thing Tom does for us is to try to keep us out of those bad plays where we have 5 to 10 percent chance of being successful, whether it’s a coverage or a blitz or an alignment that they give us, and he sees that what we’ve got called just isn’t what we want to be in,” Belichick said, “That wasn’t why we called the play, was to run it against a particular look. Then sometimes, he’ll be able to get out of those and get us something like that, like I said, gives us more of a fair fight.”

The five-time Super Bowl champion has earned those accolades for exactly that reason. Brady has incredible accuracy and decision-making, and is also one of the best at limiting mistakes.

“That’s a big job of the quarterback in our league is to not just manage the game in terms of getting the ball out of bounds and the clock and stuff like that, but also managing the game in terms of giving the offense the chance to run plays that are competitive because defenses can get in certain alignments and make it really tough on you. Tom does a great job of that.”

That’s a big reason in why the Patriots have been so successful in recent years. The duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will go down as the greatest, if not the greatest coach and quarterback in NFL history.

But for now, there’s still more work left to do.

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