Patriots super duo Brady, Belichick far from done
GLENDALE, USA – Fifteen years into their remarkable partnership, with their fourth Super Bowl crown secured in dramatic style, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have no plans to slow down.
"I'm still in the midst of my career," the 37-year-old Brady said Monday, February 2 (Tuesday in PH), not ready to talk about his place in National Football League history.
"I just love the game. I love playing. I love representing our team."
In a league whose salary cap discourages dynasty building and promotes parity, Brady and Belichick have endured to become arguably the most successful coach-quarterback pairing ever.
With their 28-24 come-from-behind triumph over Seattle in the NFL's title showpiece, the Patriots ended a 10-year title drought, easing the bitter memories of two Super Bowl losses to the New York Giants in that span.
They also denied the Seahawks the second straight Super Bowl crown that would have established a young Seattle team as the NFL's newest dynasty.
It was an impressive end to a season in which Brady and the Pats looked to be showing their age, and accusations of cheating in the "Deflategate" controversy dredged up memories of the 2007 "Spygate" illegal videotaping affair for which Belichick and the Pats were punished.
With the NFL still probing whether the Patriots purposely used under-inflated footballs to gain an edge in a playoff win over Indianapolis, Brady said he's not concerned if the issue will shadow his achievements.
"I just haven't had much thought into that," he said Monday. "We've just been focusing on our game and I'm sure that stuff will take care of itself over the next however long it takes.
"It was a great accomplishment by our team last night. It was a great victory. We should all be proud."
Although Brady snagged his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award, it was an unknown - cornerback Malcolm Butler - who made the play that saved the Patriots.
It was Butler who recognized the formation being used by Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson and intercepted the short pass in the waning seconds that would have given Seattle the victory.
"It happened so quick," said Brady, who jumped up and down on the sideline like a kid when he realized what Butler had done.
"There was a lot of highs and lows to the game and that was a great high. It took a great effort, like I said. Malcolm made a huge play to save our season. It took a lot of guys, a lot of effort, and a lot of individual efforts. Collectively as a team, we made plays to get the job done."
The fact that Butler - unclaimed in the NFL draft after toiling in the lower ranks of college ball - was even there was a testament to Belichick's uncanny ability to find championship material in unexpected places.
That includes his most famous longshot - sixth-round draft pick Brady.
"Sometimes things just work out," Belichick said of the inexact science of team building. "It's not always a great plan. Sometimes, it's just the way things fall."
Falling things were very much on the minds of the Patriots as snow buried the New England region for the third time in a week, the latest storm forcing the city of Boston to postpone the scheduled Patriots celebration parade from Tuesday to Wednesday.
A planned rally at City Hall Plaza will not be staged due to the large amounts of snow in the area. – Rappler.com