Bill Belichick received some high praise from Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury recently and has now gone and returned the compliment. After Kingsbury stated that the NFL's Coach of the Year award should be renamed in honor of Belichick, the New England Patriots head coach, in his own words, “tossed the bouquet right back” with a glowing commendation of Kingsbury via The Greg Hill Show.
Bill Belichick, via @TheGregHillShow, on Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury saying the Coach of the Year award should be named after him: "That's very nice of Kliff to toss that bouquet. I'll toss it right back. Kliff has done a great job and should be the Coach of the Year."💐🏈🏆
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 13, 2021
Belichick is an admirer of the work Kingsbury has done since making the transition from Texas Tech to the NFL, and is particularly impressed with his leadership of the 10-2 Cardinals thus far into 2021. Belichick isn't the type to throw around a meaningless compliment to an underserving individual, so his comments showcase just how highly he thinks of Kingsbury.
Game recognizes game, as they say.
Two of the brightest minds in football offering praise to one another is something all fans can get behind. After all, regardless of how you feel about their two teams, the work the two head coaches have done in ensuring their teams remain atop their respective divisions is impossible to ignore.
Despite working with a rookie quarterback in an uncertain era just a couple of years removed from Tom Brady's departure to Tampa Bay, Belichick has the Patriots looking formidable once again, focusing in on defensive mastery in order to earn hard-fought wins.
Meanwhile, Kingsbury's high-octane offensive approach has proven viable even when star quarterback Kyler Murray has been sidelined and Colt McCoy has been called upon. Both coaches will certainly be contenders for Coach of the Year in 2021, and if either one wins, they might just end up giving the trophy to the other.