Tom Brady settled one of the NFL’s biggest debates with this answer about Bill Belichick

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Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the architect of one the greatest dynasties in sports history.

Now he’s breaking his silence about one of the biggest controversies during his time in New England.

And Tom Brady settled one of the NFL’s biggest debates with this answer about Bill Belichick.

Who was responsible for the New England Patriots dynasty?

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brandy and former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick became one of the most iconic player-coach duos during their 20 seasons together.

The Patriots won six Super Bowls during their time together to become the greatest dynasty in NFL history during the Brady-Belichick era. 

One of the biggest debates in sports was whether Brady or Belichick was more responsible for the team’s success.

Brady left New England after the 2019 season as a free agent to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won another Super Bowl.

But Belichick never had the same level of success in New England after Brady left the team.

His record declined in each of the three seasons of the post-Brady era before he and the Patriots agreed to a mutual separation after last season.

That seemingly ended the debate about who was responsible for the Patriots dynasty.

But it was reignited after a recent comment from Tom Brady.

Tom Brady reveals who he thinks was responsible for New England’s success

Brady was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame during a ceremony featuring 60,000 people at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced that Brady’s number 12 would be retired, and a 12-foot-tall statue would be built of him outside the stadium.

Belichick returned to Foxborough for the first time since his exit to attend the ceremony for his former star quarterback.

Brady gave his answer on who was most responsible for the Patriots’ success during the Brady-Belichick era.

“To Coach Belichick: Thank you for your tireless commitment to develop and push me to my best,” Brady said during his induction speech. “It wasn’t me. It wasn’t you. It was us. Our hard work, our love of the game, and the way we worked for one another — that’s what it was all about.”

There were rumors that a strained relationship with Belichick led Brady to depart for Tampa Bay.

But the quarterback gave the highest praise to his former coach.

“Let me make something crystal-clear: There is no coach in the world I would rather play for than Bill Belichick,” Brady said.

Belichick received thunderous applause and chants of “Belichick” when he spoke at the event.

“Love you, New England,” Belichick told the crowd. “Love you, Patriot fans. And love Tom Brady.”

The former coach praised Brady for what he brought to the team. 

“It was a tremendous honor and a privilege for me to draft Tom and coach him for 20 years,” Belichick said. “As we’ve heard from so many of his teammates, his pursuit of excellence, his work ethic, the drive, the competitiveness, the unselfishness, everything he brought to the team, it was really an honor for me to be involved with that and to be able to work with him every day and learn from it. We can talk about a lot of his great plays and honestly, we’d be here all night, probably into the middle of next week.”

Fans can continue to debate who is more responsible for the Patriots success, but Tom Brady staked out his position in that debate.