Flexibility has worked in New England
However, the biggest factor in New England's two Super Bowl wins over the past three seasons may have been Belichick's influence on Weis and their combined flexibility on offense.
After failing in his previous head coaching stint in Cleveland, there was pressure on Belichick to win right away with the Patriots, and he didn't exactly hit the ground running. New England finished 5-11 in 2000, Belichick's first season, then lost the first two games of the 2001 season, as well.
QB Drew Bledsoe sustained a chest injury during that second loss, forcing Belichick and Weis to turn to Tom Brady, a very different type of quarterback. Brady's evolution into an NFL star is well-known, but without the willingness of Belichick and Weis to adjust their scheme to take advantage of his contrasting strengths, things might have turned out very different.
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