Belichick's next mission: Prove it's not all about Brady

Bill Belichick might seem unshaken in the wake of losing his meal ticket. But his track record without Tom Brady means Belichick remains a coach with plenty to prove.

Originally Published: September 8, 2008
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Now that the worst-kept secret in New England finally has been confirmed by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick -- that reigning MVP quarterback Tom Brady needs season-ending surgery to repair his injured left knee -- the next question for this team is obvious: How will Belichick guide the Patriots through the most difficult challenge of his career?

Sure, the Patriots have the pride that comes with three Super Bowl ...

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