The general consensus around the New England Patriots' success over the last two decades is that, although Tom Brady may very well be the greatest quarterback of all time, he likely wouldn't be where he is today without Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
However, former Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel is going against the grain. The four-time Pro Bowler took to Twitter on Wednesday to voice what is probably a controversial opinion.
I think Bill Belichick needed Tom to be successful. Do you think Tom needs Bill??? My answer is Nooo. Talk to me
— Asante Samuel (@pick_six22) April 22, 2020
Belichick is widely considered one of, if not the greatest coach in NFL history, but despite playing under him for five seasons, Samuel isn't convinced that he is the genius that everybody says he is.
“Bill is known to be a defensive specialist. How many times did he have a top 5 defense and did they/we win the Super Bowl? Tom has always carried the team in his back with limited weapons. Josh McDaniel is the one who really raised Brady,” Samuel wrote.
New England drafted Samuel in the fourth round of the 2003 draft out of Central Florida. Samuel was able to make an immediate impact for New England as a rotation corner, and by 2006, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back was leading the NFL in interceptions (10) and passes defended (24).
The 39-year-old retired corner was a part of two Patriots Super Bowls in both 2003 and 2004
Samuel was also named First-Team All-Pro in his final season in New England before moving on to play six more seasons with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
As for Brady, the veteran QB will have a chance to prove that he can succeed without Belichick next season as he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March.