We all know how the rest of the story goes, in comes Tom Brady, second year sixth round pick out of Michigan, to lead the Patriots to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl victory, defeating the Rams 20-17.
Since then the Patriots have won the AFC East 10 times and have only failed to make the playoffs twice. These achievements alone have made the New England Patriots one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.
Fast forward to 2013, Michael Vick leaves the game with a hamstring injury in week five against the New York Giants only to be relieved by second year third round pick out of Arizona. Foles went on to a historic 27 touchdowns to only two interception season and lead the Eagles to their first playoff appearance since 2010.
With the Patriots and Eagles having coaches with the same personality and appearance towards the media, and having quarterbacks with the same mentality and take over for the starting quarterback story, some have been comparing Nick Foles and Chip Kelly to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Who could really argue though? Kelly and Foles made a lot of noise last season and after they put together one of the most innovative and highest-scoring offenses in the league. Despite their inexperience in their jobs, they helped the team do what very few thought they could, make the playoffs.
The great dynasties in NFL history are known for their great quarterback, coach duo. Belichick-Brady, Walsh-Montana, Noll-Bradshaw, the list goes on. And other than three Lombardi trophies, not much else separates these Belichick-Brady from Kelly-Foles.
Brady and Foles both are accurate passers with poise in the pocket without being the most athletically gifted players. Both do well under pressure and have a leadership quality unlike any other and can immediately take over a huddle.
Kelly and Belichick never settle for anything less than the best. Even with a respectful rookie season, the Eagles coach said that it was “Just Ok.” Like Belichick, Kelly expects nothing but perfection from his players, and when they make mistakes he holds them accountable.
Foles and Kelly are only 12 games into their partnership, while Brady and Belichick are going on their 14th season together. The Eagles’ quarterback-coach duo have a long ways to go to get to Brady-Belichick level, but if last season showed anything of what was to come, Philadelphia is on the verge of something that could be special.
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