It kind of amazes me the number of ways that BV has done things that seem right out of the BB playbook: indivudalized, hands-on instruction; a refusal to treat players differently because of their contract or status; practicing little things to be ready for any situation; asking players to be versatile enough to handle multiple positions to allow for roster flexibility on gameday.
Yet BV is a villain (to many), while BB is a genius (again, to many).
Maybe BV just needs to adapt BB's tendency to speak less.
Belichick wasn't instantly beloved and to this day there's a fair amount of fans who think Borges might have a point, now and then. The most recent manifestation of this is the "love the coach, hate the GM" line of thinking, which has a point, I guess. To use Parcells turn of phrase, if the meal tastes great every single freaking year, complaining about the ingredients that were purchased and not used in the menu is kinda lame. BB may or may not be a great, consistent purchaser of groceries but you can't argue that he's a certified Iron Chef.
People tend to dislike other people they think "love the sound of their own voice." Valentine talks like he loves the sound of his own voice all the time. Doc Rivers has a little bit of this in him; Parcells loved the sound of his own voice, Tony LaRussa, etc. To get away with talking like the cock of the walk is you have to win for it to become a part of your "charm" instead of part of your "annoying tendency".
Even if the Red Sox win the World Series this year, there will be some (coughSJHcough) who will argue it was in spite of Valentine; there are Cardinals fans who will argue it wasn't LaRussa, it was X, Y, and Z that mattered much more. Borges thinks the Patriots are Brady more than BB.
I'm enjoying the Bobby V Era thus far; I was one of those people who thought it was more about the players than Francona. See how I did that?