, Salem, MA


February 2, 2012

Belichick and Brady: A football marriage


What happens when you put the two together?

"You get championships," said Weis. "That's what makes them special. They understand each other. They respect each other. They know that they can't get to where they want to go, which is winning championships, without the other. It really is a special relationship."

Ex-coach and current ESPN studio analyst Herm Edwards knows about coach-quarterback relationships. And he knows a lot about the one based in Foxboro.

Edwards and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy lead all past and current head coaches with nine games against the Belichick-Brady combo. With Peyton Manning as his QB, Dungy was a respectable 4-5 against the Patriots duo, and that included an 0-4 start. Edwards was only 1-8.

Edwards' Jets teams finished 39-41 over his five years using three different starting quarterbacks — Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington and Brooks Bollinger. Edwards' teams made the playoffs in his first, second and fourth season.

"Let me put it this way. I was a lot smarter when Chad (Pennington) was healthy," said Edwards. "I'm not saying we were great or he was leading us to Super Bowls. But having a quarterback you can trust, and vice versa, is paramount. Coaches and quarterbacks are linked together, good and bad."

Edwards said the bond between Belichick and Brady shows in the way the team plays.

"You can see it. The way the offense moves, so efficiently. That's the both of them," said Edwards. "In today's world, more than any, it is a quarterback-driven league. When you have an elite one you sleep a lot better at night. You know that if the game is close in the fourth quarter, that your quarterback probably won't beat himself. Brady means four or five wins a year. I really believe it."

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