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Tom Brady or Bill Belichick: More responsible for the Pats' success?

Who is more responsible for the Patriots' success: Bill Belichick or Tom Brady? The Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team weighs in:

GIVE ME BELICHICK

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: The Pats are the dynasty they are because of both. It seems crazy to suggest that someone who doesn't play has more impact than one who does. But think back to the season Brady was injured. Pats missed postseason, but went 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. And they went 3-1 without Brady last season. That's because of coaching.

GO WITH BRADY'S BODY OF WORK

Greg Auman, @gregauman: Close call. The sustained success of the Patriots — on the field, in shrewd personnel moves, in simply collecting titles — is a testament to Belichick's sheer dominance. But if I had to pick one, I still think Brady's body of work as a quarterback is exceptional.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: I'm going Brady because he sees the whole picture. His cap hit this season is $14 million, which is less than 9 percent of the Patriots' overall cap. Guess how many quarterbacks have a higher hit. Eighteen. His willingness to restructure contracts has given New England the financial flexibility to build a deeper roster.

THE GOAT IN A PHOTO FINISH

Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: It's the greatest coach-quarterback combo of all time, a veritable eating machine. But I don't recall Brady working with Malcolm Butler the day before the Super Bowl win over Seattle on what to do down near the goal line. That was all Mr. Bill. His system, his coaching. But Belichick was still only sub-.500 as an NFL head coach before Brady became his full-time QB. Tommy Terrific by the length of an underinflated football.

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