Winter was always coming for the Jets, even if Bill Belichick stayed in New York.
George R.R. Martin, writer of the famous HBO series "Game of Thrones," is a lifelong Jets fan, and he doesn't believe Belichick could have solved the team's problems back in 2000 when he was set to become the head coach before leaving last minute for the Patriots.
Don't get Martin wrong, though. The Jets would have likely had more success, but five Super Bowl titles is a lot to predict.
"The Jets would have had more success, the Patriots less," Martin told Sports Illustrated. "But I do not believe that we would necessarily have had a Jets dynasty in place of the New England one, not unless Belichick could somehow have brought Tom Brady with him to New York, or devised some magical way for Chad Pennington to stay healthy (the world has largely forgotten just how good Pennington was before his injuries started mounting up)."
Brady and Belichick is just the reason for the Patriots' success in Martin's eyes.
"The Patriots' success has been the result of having both a great coach and a great quarterback at the same time, and you don't necessarily get that if Evil Little Bill stays with Gang Green," he said.
With the Patriots in line to win their sixth Super Bowl title in the Brady-Belichick era, Martin says no matter what fan you are, you have to respect what New England has accomplish. That doesn't mean you have to cheer for them Sunday night.
"Belichick is a great coach, Brady is a great quarterback, they have been a great team. But respect and admiration are two different things. We can respect the skills of a Ty Cobb or a Pete Rose as ballplayers, or the military genius of a Napoleon or a Rommel, without admiring them," Martin explained.
In turn, Martin will be rooting for the Eagles on Sunday as he would love to see Evil Little Bill walk away with nothing in Minneapolis.