Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Normally I am a huge fan of Vic Ketchman. For those not in the know he is the principle columnist on the Jacksonville Jaguars official web page. Actually he may be the only columnist, I don't know. But I have to disagree with his most recent editorial. If you don't want to read it, he states that Bill Belichick isn't a genius and that his success has centered around Brady. It's not that I disagree with him entirely, I just wouldn't be as emphatic about it as he is. He claims that "Great quarterbacks make for great coaches" and uses the examples of "Lombardi had Starr, Noll had Bradshaw, Walsh had Montana and Johnson had Aikman". One of his arguments is that Belichick got blown out in a playoff loss with Cleveland while Testeverde was his quarterback.

The problem with his argument is that he fails to recognize that, just like players, coaches can have career ebb and flows. That was Belichick's first post season. Is his greateness any less because, during his first post season as a head coach he got beaten. There are some valid points, but if he believes a quarterback is the cornerstone to a great team, I have to ask him... Who quarterbacked the 2000 Ravens? I'll give you a hint, Baltimore thought so much of him, he only lasted that season with them. How about the Bucs a few years later? Brad Johnson is hardly Hall of Fame material.

The most important aspect to a championship team is chemistry. Look at teams that go wild in free agency then go nowhere during the season (the Redskins come to mind). Coaches are key to team chemistry and I don't think you can underscore Belichick's importance in that during the Patriot's successful run.


At 4:30 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Brad Johnson not hall of fame material? I am sick of this site's anti-FSU bias! :)


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