Before the New England Patriots play the Miami Dolphins this weekend, head coach Bill Belichick received huge praise. The praise came from perhaps an unlikely source: Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel.
McDaniel chatted with reporters on Wednesday during his weekly media availability. The Dolphins coach discussed Aaron Rodgers’ injury and the upcoming matchup the Dolphins have with the Patriots. But before we got there, McDaniel made sure not to leave without giving Belichick his due.
McDaniel said, “It’s amazing the orchestration of the defense is so consistent, so fundamentally consistent and sound. Very, very detailed. And the leader of the ship was at the same job when we were all like, ‘What’s an iPod?'”
Mike McDaniel praised Bill Belichick in very Mike McDaniel way:
"It's amazing the orchestration of the defense is so consistent, so fundamentally consistent and sound. Very, very detailed. And the leader of the ship was at the same job when we were all like, 'What's an iPod?'" https://t.co/3KiACG7ySB
— Sean T. McGuire (@BySeanMcGuire) September 13, 2023
Obviously, it’s pretty hilarious and objectively true. Belichick took the job in 2000 and found success right away. The Patriots won three Super Bowl championships in four years from 2001-2004. The first iPod came out in October 2001, just a few months before the Patriots’ first Super Bowl title, which came against the then-St. Louis Rams in a massive upset.
Belichick won three more Super Bowls and arguably coached the best team not to win a Super Bowl. In 2007, the Pats went 18-1, going undefeated until losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Simply put, Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time. Even rival coaches will take the time out to respect that.
The NFL world had plenty to say.
Good observation. Brady masked his deficiencies on offense, but the defense has always been top tier.
— Dolphins Brass (@firesalt2000) September 13, 2023
Own that geriatric Mike
— cole 🐬🥋🎰 (@ThaTurnerIV) September 13, 2023
He basically just called Belichick old.
McDaniels backhanded compliments are as good as his offense. 😃
— Phins Doc (@PhinsDoc) September 13, 2023
Mike McDaniel just called Belichick a founding father like hes almost 300 years old 💀 https://t.co/H1bbjS2w3I
— JerseyFinFan (@JerseyFinFan) September 13, 2023