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Host Damon Amendolara provides a mix of the latest sports news and controversy
DAMON AMENDOLARA: --for the longest time stiff-armed him, now Belichick wants his place in history very well set. He wants to chase down Don Shula and he wants to be the winningest coach in NFL history and he wants to be renowned as the greatest coach ever. He was-- NFL Network does the NFL 100 specials. Belichick's on every one of them. He can't be bothered to meet with the other coaches at the NFL League Meetings to take a big picture with all the coaches that are supposedly done every single year. Doesn't want to do that. Won't meet with the other coaches. es the league meetings. Doesn't want to be there. But have him sit down for 10 hours to talk about some running back from the '20s, he's in. He'll do that forever. He loves his place in history, understands the history of the game very well.
He understands what this looks like historically. Brady went and became a winner in another place that was a loser before. Belichick became the loser when Brady left. LaVar Arrington is right in this regard. Everybody in Foxborough is very hyper-sensitive about the perception that it was Tom Brady as the magic sauce. They're hyper-sensitive about that. There is a reason when you watch Patriots games that there is essentially an unwritten agreement that you must show the record of the Patriots since Robert Kraft took over. That is done every game. Here's the Patriots before Robert Kraft, here's the Patriots after Robert Kraft. Kraft is very aware of his reputation as the savior of the Patriots. Bill Belichick is very aware of his reputation as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, coach ever. That stuff gets popped if they lose when Tom Brady leaves. They know it. So yes, there is massive pressure on the Patriots to win this year. That's why they spent all that money in free agency. Belichick, Kraft know this, but it stopped short of Belichick would be fired this year if they didn't win again.