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Manning said Wednesday that the New England Patriots coach is the "best coach" he's ever competed against.
Manning will play a big role in deciding if that proves correct. If Belichick can get a fourth title, especially with this injury-ravaged team, Tom Brady and Belichick may be regarded as the greatest QB-coach tandem ever for this sustained success. If Belichick's brilliant post-2004 stretch of success doesn't eventually include another championship, we doubt he'll be considered the best.
Vince Lombardi, Paul Brown and Bill Walsh aren't going to be replaced atop the NFL's mountaintop. But Belichick can join them, especially if he takes down one of the greatest quarterbacks ever with a depleted defense that will be lucky to keep Manning to fewer than 30 points.