New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has earned the loyalty of his current and former players.
However, Willie McGinest took it to the next level. In a debate on NFL Network with Steve Wyche, the former Patriots defender took the side that the Vince Lombardi trophy should be renamed after Bill Belichick.
“There are many similarities between the two, but the biggest difference can be seen in the rosters they each won with,” McGinest said on NFL Network via NESN’s Sam Galanis. “Lombardi had a core group for many years, while Belichick took non-standout players, elevated their play and made them stars.
“Take sixth-round, third-string quarterback Tom Brady, former QB-turned-receiver Julian Edelman or a solid receiver who became a Super Bowl MVP (Deion Branch). … Belichick gets the best out of his players and excels at putting them in the right position to succeed based on their strengths and weaknesses. There are many circumstances in which his players have had to sacrifice individual stats for the good of the team.”
McGinest was a part of the Patriots when the dynasty first began in the early 2000s. Then Brady was the young rising star while the defense and McGinest led the way.
It is true what Belichick is doing in the modern NFL with a salary cap is remarkable, but honestly what sounds better: The Belichick trophy or the Lombardi trophy?