If you can't get enough of the Patriots and their recent Super Bowl win, "Belichick and Brady" is worth a read.

It was written by Michael Holley, a former Boston Globe sportswriter and current talk-show host, and released in October.

The text does not include the recent miracle win over the Falcons but there is plenty here for the New England fan.

Holley has covered the team since Brady arrived in 2000, and he chronicles the success of the pair with knowing detail.

Brady was famously drafted #199 - deep in the sixth round.

Holley reports he has always been a hard worker, has unusual anticipation and throwing ability, and has melded with coaches like few players have.

When starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured in 2001, Brady got his chance.

He took over the starting job, and five Super Bowl victories have followed.

The recent overtime triumph over the Falcons suggests that he is the best quarterback ever.

Holley finds Belichick a more complex character.

The 65-year-old coach has created the "Patriot way," where players are good soldiers and hard workers. They don't talk back, they do what the coaches tell them and they keep quiet around the media.

They can be released without warning, something Holley alludes to on numerous occasions.

Belichick's career has accelerated like few others. He was a stellar defensive coach for the New York Giants for more than a decade before taking a head-coaching job in Cleveland.

The coach produced a mediocre record, and was fired after fans rebelled.

He surfaced in New England, and since Brady arrived has been the most successful coach in the NFL.

(An aside: I feel he would have been a mediocre coach without the legendary Brady, but who can tell now)?

Holley provides the inside scoop on many troubling Patriot moments: the defection of kicker Adam Vinatieri, the two Super Bowl losses to the Giants, the dismissal of popular receiver Wes Welker and the Spygate scandal that demonstrated the Patriots were stealing signs from the Jets.

Probably the most outrageous incident was the murder arrest of tight end Aaron Hernandez. This ranks as one of Belichick's major mistakes, as Holley goes into detail about how the Patriots' research team (reluctantly) said he was worth drafting.

Hernandez played will initially, and his contract was extended.

And then he was arrested for murder.

In this entertaining book, Holley knows where the bodies are buried - and he has the stats to back up his words.

He has countless quotes from Belichick and Brady - and that's what people will want to hear.

 

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