Bill Belichick has won three Super Bowls and has been a coach in some capacity in the NFL since 1975. He's seen a lot of football.
According to Belichick, Tom Brady, who was born in 1977, has seen more.
"No quarterback I’d rather coach than Tom," Belichick said. "We meet on a regular basis every week. I enjoy that. He’s a tough guy to coach because he’s so experienced and he’s got a great understanding of the game. You’ve really got to be well-prepared when you talk to him because he’s seen everything you have and probably more.”
When the Patriots beat the Dolphins Sunday and clinched the AFC East, Brady became the first starting quarterback in league history with 10 division championships. Brady wins and wins often. It's because of his preparation away from the field that gives him that edge.
"I think that he’s seen a lot and he’s seen a lot of the opponent," Belichick said. "You can’t go in there with Tom and say, ‘Well, here’s what they like to do and they haven’t done this and nine games ago they’ve done that.’ He’s seen it and now he says, ‘That’s what they did against Jacksonville back in Week 2.’ You can’t do that with him. You’ve got to be as thoroughly prepared as he is when you meet with him because he has that kind of background experience and he prepares to the same depth as the coaches do. That’s what I mean in terms of his overall knowledge and understanding. Of course he has a lot of playing experience, but on a weekly basis he really studies the defense, the players, the scheme, and has great recall of other games that he’s played against those players or those coaches and what problems they presented or what opportunities he might feel like you have to attack them.”
Brady has thrown 25 touchdown passes to just four interceptions this season. His ability to read defensives comes from his ability to change week to week. To Brady no two games are the same and specifically no two game plans are ever used.
“He doesn’t turn the ball over much," said Patriots WR Wes Welker. "He doesn’t really put the ball in places where the defender really has a chance to make a play. He’s very accurate and does a great job of putting the ball on the money. We just got to go out there and make plays for him.”
“It’s something every week," Belichick said. "Playing Houston is a lot different than playing Miami last week, so there are all new challenges this week with this team and what they do and how they do it. There were different challenges last week with Miami and the week before against the Jets and the week before against Indianapolis. Each week it’s not all the same. The plays are different. The reads are different. The players that you play against and their scheme is different. The things that you have to work on and execute that week, they change. They change every single week. You’re always working on new things like that.”