On the heels of Bucs quarterback Tom Brady winning the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award, Fox Sports radio and TV personality Colin Cowherd reacted to that news by saying, “Folks, between New England being bad and Tom Brady now being the best player in football, this is the biggest landslide in the history of divorces.”

Fox Sports host Colin Cowherd

Fox Sports host Colin Cowherd

Brady, who has 20 total touchdowns (18 passing, two rushing) and just four interceptions in his first season in Tampa Bay since leaving New England after 20 years and six Super Bowls with head coach Bill Belichick, and is among the top passers in the NFL for the 5-2 Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the Patriots, with Cam Newton at the helm, rank among the worst passing teams in the league and have a disappointing 2-4 record. New England is third in the AFC East division behind Buffalo and Miami and are in danger of not making the playoffs.

Watch Cowherd praise Brady and the Bucs while taking shots at the Patriots and Bill Belichick in this statistical comparison.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
1 year ago

I mean, New England did have success with Cassel and Garoppolo the rare times Brady was out, I think it’s blatantly obvious that the presence of Brady and his leadership are what led New England to so much success. They got guys on the cheap knowing they had the QB there to go all the way, even when he was out temporarily. It’s gonna be interesting to see where they go from here. For so long they survived off of the clout that if you come here for less, you will win a championship, and guys like Brady didn’t ask… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Nothing against your comment, but everyone brings up the Cassel season as evidence of Bills coaching excellence. What people always leave out though, is that Cassel took over, arguably the greatest regular season team in the history of the league. And at the end of the day, 1) the Pats were still a -5 in the win column from the previous season when Brady was under center. And 2) they didn’t make the playoffs. So, was that season really a success? I say no. But that’s just my opinion

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

If one considers the entirety of Belichick’s career performance, and Brady’s, the only conclusion is that TB-12 was the primary spark plug in the success of the Pats, not Belichick. That is not to say that Belichick didn’t contribute anything, because a bad head coach and general manager could have nullified the value that Tom Brady brings to any team, and obviously Tom Brady also learned things throughout his 20 years under Belichick that he continues to benefit from today.

So it is not a 100% Brady/0% Belichick contribution. More like 70/30.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Rick Stroud had a very interesting interview in the Times a couple days ago with Brian Griese, who is in town to call the game on Monday night. Griese played on the Michigan Wolverines for two years when Brady was there, and he had some interesting insight on Brady. Read the article. The upshot is that Griese says that the Tom Brady we all see today is exactly the same Tom Brady who was a backup quarterback at Michigan, highly motivated to overcome his lack of mobility by emphasizing other parts of his game, and a determination to prove everybody… Read more »

Michael76
Michael76(@michael76)
1 year ago

My niece, an huge fan of Brady and the Pats, had a bet over who would do better this year (and to sweeten the deal, I stated a tie would benefit the Pats) I recently “let her off the hook” (although she would have looked great in red and pewter), as it appears the Pats are purposefully tanking to allow themselves to get a franchise QB. I do think that they may have problems going forward… a lot has come forward about “life as a Pat”. Free agents might not be so quick to sign, and the Pats have definitely… Read more »

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 year ago

Such a flawed argument! Brady is having success because of the pieces around him, Belichick for the same reason is not as successful.. We forget Brady chose the Bucs, but would he have the same success if he had chosen say the Giants? Please stop with these useless comparisons and just acknowledge the greatness of both individuals. Cheers!

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

It’s a valid discussion and if you take away Brady’s time in NE, Bill only has a 43% win rate in his entire coaching career. So tell me what so great about that?

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

That’s still a flawed argument Chef. Belichick is a masterful HC and Brady complimented that with his greatness. The Patriots were a dynasty because of both. The Bucs were a good team that was a QB away from being Great. I can say that without taking anything away from Brady. Cheers!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Well, except that Belichick absolutely sucks this year. He’s blaming it as of this weekend on the salary cap. Well, duh, as both general manager and coach he is totally responsible for managing the salary cap. He can’t blame it on dead money related to Brady. It’s solely on him. Belichick never produced a winning record until he got TB-12. Now TB-12 is excelling far above most peoples’ expectations, and Belichick is failing. The only possible explanation is that TB-12 was the spark plug for the Pat’s two decades of success. Not Belichick. Indeed, it was Belichick who chased Brady… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Disagree there. You’re seeing this season what I’ve seen the last 20 years(save for maybe 5 individual seasons thrown in there: 03, 04, 07, and 14’), which is, Brady masked a very flawed roster year after year. Go back and really look at the Pats teams from 2005-2019. And how many mediocre teams did the Pats have, that would have been a playoff bubble team if it was anyone other than Brady under center. Too many to count. 05, 06, 09, 10’ 12, 13’ 15, 17’ 18’ and 19. All were very mediocre teams that Brady kept as an AFC… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Most of those “pieces” around Brady this season were also around the guy who threw 30 INTs, seven fumbles lost, and won only 7 games last season for the Bucs. Evans, Godwin, Miller, Brate, Rojo, the entire offensive line except a rookie whom nobody expected to start, even, let alone excel this year. TB-12 gained Gronk, but also lost OJ Howard, so that’s a wash. So your reasoning completely fails. It is obvious to most if not all that Tom Brady makes everybody around him on whatever team he’s playing for better than they othewise would be. He has better… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Perfectly said. It’s not like we’ve completely turned over the roster. It’s the same team we had last year that JW turned into a 7 win team due to his 37 TO’s. Give me a break. Same with the Pats. Same exact offense as they had last year. In fact, most coming into the season said the 2020 Pats offense was better than the 2019 offense due to their OLine being back and healthy. Yet Cam has torpedoed the same offense that Brady only three 8 ints in last year

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief(@patrioticchief)
1 year ago

Patriots depth chart for wide receivers consistently entirely of UDFA. They have cap now because of opt outs and not paying a quarterback but they were in cap hell heading into 2020. Brady left because he knew the team couldn’t win a ring and BB didn’t try and stop him because he knew they wouldn’t win a ring even if he stayed. Brady made the choice that was best for him in the short term because that is all he has left. BB made the choice that was best for him in the long term.

Last edited 1 year ago by PatrioticChief
Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
Reply to  PatrioticChief
1 year ago

N’keal Harry but I get your point. That receiving Corp probably worst in the league.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief(@patrioticchief)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Harry was out with a concussion so it was a pure UDFA lineup. If he had played then it would have been the equievalent of a pure UDFA lineup.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

They were ranked in the bottom 3 last year as a WR unit, in every single metric humanly possible. Yet Brady managed to not lose games for them, and throw int after int.

RicoG
RicoG(@ricog)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

The problem with making decisions for the long-term over having the chance to go for a Superbowl for the short-term (Brady’s last 1, 2, or 3 years)., is the long-term might end up being a 10,20,30+ year period before playing for a Superbowl again.

Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
1 year ago

This doesn’t mean Belicheat is a genius though. He’s making business moves that are still very risky and he pretty much just fits the mold as a typical business person. The more we emphasize the business-side of professional sports, the more frustrating our beloved football becomes. Football is fun. Business is not. Business ruins relationships and ruins the fun of football.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
1 year ago

All dynasties come to an end. I’d say K.C. might be the next dynasty in the NFL. Gruden always said, it ain’t the X’s, and O’s, it’s the Jimmys, and Joes.

RicoG
RicoG(@ricog)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

2 years and 1 Superbowl is too early to talk dynasty. If they are down in the playoff and they are playing Pittsburgh, they will finish them.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
1 year ago

I shouldn’t care about what happens to the Patriots and certainly shouldn’t hold any animosity toward Bill Belichick. Likewise, I should have no reason to hope Cam Newton fails. I should only care about our QB and our team. That would be the mature way to feel……….right? But the smart ass in me remembers the phrase, “The sun don’t shine on one dog’s ass forever.” It’s about time those spoiled Patriots fans experience just a bit of what we Bucs fans have had to endure for most of our 44 years. The “breakup” of Tom, Bill and Robert will be… Read more »

RicoG
RicoG(@ricog)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Many spoiled Pats fans are also Bucs fans too and still living the dream. Even watching the TB win is much like how NE wins. There are the occasional blow out wins but also the occasional hard fought grinding wins (that patriots won like 90% of the time). Hard fought wins that involve falling behind, being patient and waiting for the other team to make mistake, then taking advantage and scoring key touchdowns late, and having an opportunistic defense making just enough plays.

GoldsonAges
GoldsonAges(@goldsonages)
1 year ago

I’ve made a list below of all of Bellichick’s accomplishments without Tom Brady as his QB. What do you think?