It’s Super Wildcard Weekend in the NFL. Football fan, and casuals from all over the world will perch themselves in front of their televisions, computer screens, tablets, and phones starting Saturday to take in the greatest single game knockout tournament in the world – The NFL playoffs.
With the dramatics out of the way, it’s a pretty exciting day for the New England Patriots beach coach and de facto general manager Bill Belichick. The Patriots of course will be heading to Buffalo to take on their AFC East rivals, and champs, the Bills. Though most people (myself included) believe Buffalo will walk away with the victory, there’s something pretty cool happening for Belichick this weekend.
Of course when the Patriots face the Bills, Mac Jones the 15th overall pick from the most recent NFL Draft will be getting the start behind center. However, Jones won’t be the only quarterback drafted by Belichick to start a game this weekend. In fact, all together, three quarterbacks who were brought into the NFL by the Patriots and Belichick, will be playing playoff football.
Jones will have the first game Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles at 1:00 on Sunday. The Buccaneers of course will be led by 44-year-old Tom Brady who spent 20-years with the Patriots after he was drafted with 199th overall pick in the 2000 Draft.
I feel like I have to mention that Brady and Belichick won nine AFC Championship games, and six Super Bowls, becoming the only quarterback and coach duo to have back-to-back dynasties. Brady would add another Super Bowl title last season with the Bucs.
Often forgotten was that Belichick was ready to replace Brady when he drafted Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 Draft. Garoppolo owns two Super Bowl rings as Brady’s backup. Unfortunately for Jimmy G, Brady continued playing at high levels and Belichick was forced to trade Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. Garoppolo started and lost Super Bowl 54 with the 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs. Sneaking in as a Wildcard team, Garoppolo will lead the 49ers on the field against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at 4:30.
I’m sure Belichick is only focused on the Buffalo Bills at the moment, however, I hope one day when the dust settles he’s able to appreciate the impact he’s made on the NFL.