Tom Brady has been retired for months and isn't thinking about returning to the field, instead opting to invest in the Las Vegas Raiders.
Bill Belichick has been around forever and he isn't even thinking about hanging his chalkboard any time soon.
Both Brady and Belichick spent two decades together in New England and they won six Super Bowl titles in that span, which is absolutely bonkers and have both the quarterback and the head coach at the top of the ranks at their respective jobs in NFL history.
There has always been a question floating above these two men, though: who elevated whom, and who was the main catalyst for all of those triumphs? That's what your very own Baltimore Ravens cornerback tackled in the latest episode of his podcast, The Punch Line, released on Sept. 20.
"Is Belichick elite, or is Tom Brady elite? That’s the million-dollar question," Humphrey pondered. Immediately after posing his co-host with the question, he answered it: "It’s looking more like Brady, but it is what it is."
Obviously, since Brady departed from New England in 2020 and joined the Tampa Bay Bucs before retiring after the 2022 season, the Patriots have struggled mightily.
New England has put together just one winning season, they are 25-28 under Belichick in the post-Brady era entering Week 3, and meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a Super Bowl trophy to their museum thanks to... welp, Tom Brady's efforts.
Humphrey was kind enough to both quarterback and head coach by acknowledging "They were together though, you can’t say it was one or the other."
The Ravens and the Patriots have faced each other 16 times since the inception of the Baltimore franchise back in 1996. New England holds an 11-5 all-time series lead, with four of those games happening in the postseason.
Since Brady departed New England, though, the two-game series played between both squads is tied at one victory apiece with the Pats winning 23-17 in 2020 and the Ravens defeating New England 37-26 last year.
The Ravens and the Patriots will have to wait to break that post-Brady 1-1 tie, though, as they won't play each during the 2023 regular season and New England isn't getting even remotely close to sniffing the playoffs this season.