Last week, we saw some harsh words about Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots from Tom Brady‘s camp, if not the quarterback himself. Ahead of Sunday’s Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, we’ve seen far more respectful things from both Brady and now multiple Belichicks.
While his father and trainer were both pretty critical of Belichick last week, Brady called him a “great mentor.” “And yes I think there’s definitely great lessons I’ve learned from him. He’s a great football coach, and he does a great job for his team,” Brady said on his podcast with Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald.
Belichick brushed off comments from Brady’s Alex Guerrero, instead keeping focus on the Patriots’ Week 3 game with the New Orleans Saints. Following that loss, he made a pretty direct rebuttal to Guerrero’s take away that he didn’t evolve enough in his handling of an aging Brady, saying that “every single decision we made in terms of major planning, was made with the idea of how to make things best for Tom Brady.”
Belichick’s son Steve, who works on the Patriots defensive staff, only has glowing things to say about the team’s former quarterback. He’s certainly not entering the spicy portion of the discourse ahead of Sunday’s game.
Steve Belichick on Tom Brady: “I learned a lot from him on and off the field that I really can’t thank him enough for. …. I am very blessed to have been around him for as long as I was. I couldn’t be happier for him and his family and all that he’s accomplished.” pic.twitter.com/w2DFjyZuZo
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) September 28, 2021
The younger Belichick was obviously around the team plenty through the first decade of the Brady-Belichick dynasty. In 2012, he joined the staff as a defensive assistant, and has moved on to coach safeties, the secondary as a whole, and as of last season, outside linebackers. He’s tasked with helping gameplan for Brady and one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses on Sunday.
There have been rumblings that he could eventually land his own head coaching job, perhaps even in New England when his father retires. If and when that happens, his experience being around a truly elite quarterback like Tom Brady can only help.
The Patriots and Buccaneers will be featured on Sunday Night Football this weekend, with kickoff at Gillette Stadium coming at 8:20 p.m. ET.
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