Bill Belichick won’t second guess Tom Brady

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Plenty of people have recently been second-guessing Tom Brady in recent days. Patriots coach Bill Belichick won’t do it, at least not publicly.

Asked during a recent press conference regarding Brady’s decision to not throw the ball to running back James White short of the end zone instead of throwing the ball to the end zone one snap before the final offensive play of the game for New England, Belichick launched into a lengthy defense of/deference to the 41-year-old quarterback.

“Well, again, Tom’s a very experienced quarterback in our system, very experienced playing against our opponent, Pittsburgh, last week,” Belichick said, via a transcript distributed by the team. “He has excellent judgment and decision-making abilities and so, again, when the play is called, the ball is not supposed to go to anybody unless it’s a screen pass or something like that. We’re not trying to throw it to one guy. All the questions about why don’t we throw to this guy — because there’s five guys out on the pattern and we’re going to try to do what’s best on that play. In Tom’s judgment, which I would certainly not second-guess his judgment, which given the game situation and the time and all of the things that went into that play, he made the best decision that he thought he could make at that time and I’m not going to second-guess it.

“You can second-guess it if you want to, but nobody knows better at that time, with the ball in his hands, where he feels like he’s got the best chance. If we complete a pass and the clock’s running and how much time that’s going to take and what we have left, that’s a split-second decision that he’s got to make. I don’t think anybody will make it better than him. You can second-guess it all you want, but that’s the person we have doing that and we have great confidence in him doing that. It’s a tough situation.”

That’s arguably the most Belichick ever has said to defend anyone, and it sort of feels like a modern-day equivalent of T.O.’s sniffling “that’s my teammate, that’s my quarterback” press conference, which was widely viewed as a passive-aggressive attack by Owens on Tony Romo’s decision to take a Mexican vacation during the bye week prior to a Dallas playoff game.

Belichick may not publicly (or privately) second guess Brady, but if Brady starts consistently making decisions that are conducive to second guessing, eventually Brady won’t be “the person we have doing that.”

And that continues to be the elephant in the room when it comes to Brady’s endgame in New England. The head coach routinely has made dispassionate decisions regarding players who can and can’t perform at the acceptable level, constantly choosing between players for roster spots and playing time. If Brady really is in decline, with a desire to avoid being hit impairing his decision-making by accelerating his internal timetable for choosing where and when to throw the ball, Belichick will know it — and Belichick eventually will do something about it, unless Brady does it first.

Tom Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com recently made the case that the decline is indeed unfolding before our eyes. Again, if our eyes can see it, Belichick’s already have. And the fact that he went so far out of his way to defend Brady could be the precursor to a far less charitable separation.

27 responses to “Bill Belichick won’t second guess Tom Brady

  1. I think BB is done. He’s checked out mentally. Look at the way they have been slapping it out there lately. Making mental mistakes they NEVER make. 14 penalties the other day. That shows no discipline….nobody on sideline reminds Brady he has no timeouts….COMING OUT OF A TIMEOUT BY THE OTHER TEAM ?!?? It shows he is mentally checked out. Wonder if it was over a forced trade of Jimmy G.

  2. Hmm. Every time somebody second guesses Brady somebody gets screwed. His next opponent. And I say that not as a Brady fan. Just watch.

  3. I’m sure Tom Brady makes mistakes.
    I’m sure Tome Brady makes fewer mistakes than most QBs.
    Age should affect arm strength, accuracy, or make the QB scared of taking a hit.
    This can affect confidence.
    But age won’t cause judgment to decline.

  4. This is classic overreaction Monday stuff. Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter what Belichick said, the media would load it up with whatever hidden meaning they think will get the most clicks.

    I’d wait for a bit more evidence than a couple of questionable game decisions before going into DEFCON countdown mode on Brady’s career. But I guess that’s not a click-worthy sentiment.

  5. What it means is what I’ve been saying for a while now. “we’ve accomplished more than we could ever have hoped for, anything from this point on is gravy”

    I’m ok with it.

  6. That’s because he knows Tommy is toast. Folding up like a baby deer whenever anyone gets within 3 feet of him shows he’s done. He’s scared of hits. Lost whatever little nerve he had.
    Good times
    #karma

  7. 5 Superbowl rings. Brady gets to go out on his own terms. Maybe they’ll have discussions behind closed doors but they certainly will not be using the media to relay passive aggressive messages to one another.

  8. Bill Belichick is a man with self-respect. A man with self-respect isn’t going to criticize someone who’s the best in the world at what he does. That just doesn’t compute in Bill’s head. Maybe that’s part of the reason he’s become known as the greatest coach of all time. I’m thinking if you want to be great at something, copy the habits of the most successful people, don’t second guess them.

  9. somefans says:
    December 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    That’s because he knows Tommy is toast. Folding up like a baby deer whenever anyone gets within 3 feet of him shows he’s done. He’s scared of hits. Lost whatever little nerve he had.
    Good times
    #karma
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    Yes, karma has been real tough on Brady and his 18yr and counting career, 5 SB wins, supermodel wife, etc.

  10. wib22 says:
    December 19, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Considering he wanted to keep Garoppolo before Kraft stepped in, I doubt this.
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    This is such a ridiculous take. So the winningest coach of all time is going to have the owner call the shots about the roster. Why would Belichick be willing to accept this? It’s absurd. Brady is there because they figured he had 2, 3, 4 years left, Garappolo was unproven and they couldn’t afford to keep both.

  11. jdiba jdiba says:
    December 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I think BB is done. He’s checked out mentally.
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    well if that’s true, 31 NFL teams will be calling him very soon.

  12. Bad day, he doesn’t look like the same Tom Brady of 5 years ago, but we were having this discussion about his inevitable decline after they lost to the Giants, as I recall.
    And he just got voted to the Pro Bowl again, because he’s still better than almost any qb out there. I’d sure like to have this aging guy on my team, compared to all the aging superstars my guy’s signed over the last 20 years

    -Redskins fan

  13. If they are playing in Miami, I wouldn’t listen to either of them. Losing to the Dolphins B squad year in and year out.

  14. somefans says:
    December 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm
    That’s because he knows Tommy is toast. Folding up like a baby deer whenever anyone gets within 3 feet of him shows he’s done. He’s scared of hits. Lost whatever little nerve he had.
    Good times
    #karma

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    That is straight up nonsense. True fans of football may dislike Brady and they may wish Brady would retire, but they understand and respect Brady’s greatness.

  15. I am convinced the Brady is hurt but either through ego or that avocado ice cream and pliability will not fix screwed up knees .As per usual the Pats will never use injuries as an excuse .After the season ends the extent of Brady ,Gronk and Edleman ailments will be known .By the way sending Brady to catch a pass is the most idiotic play ever.

  16. Brady has ALWAYS been a atreaky player who occasionally has off series, off quarters, off halves, and off games. A bad game isn’t a sign of age, it’s just another streak.

  17. jdiba jdiba says:
    December 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    I think BB is done. He’s checked out mentally. Look at the way they have been slapping it out there lately. Making mental mistakes they NEVER make. 14 penalties the other day. That shows no discipline….nobody on sideline reminds Brady he has no timeouts….COMING OUT OF A TIMEOUT BY THE OTHER TEAM ?!?? It shows he is mentally checked out. Wonder if it was over a forced trade of Jimmy G.
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    Not saying the general point is not valid. Just understand that for 13 games the Patriots were the least penalized team in the league (even after they are still at 30). So I would urge … caution in declaring that BB has checked out mentally. The evidence would seem to suggest it was temporary if at all.

  18. bostonceltics says:
    December 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    I am convinced the Brady is hurt but either through ego or that avocado ice cream and pliability will not fix screwed up knees .As per usual the Pats will never use injuries as an excuse .After the season ends the extent of Brady ,Gronk and Edleman ailments will be known .By the way sending Brady to catch a pass is the most idiotic play ever.
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    The majority of NFL fans still think the Pats have and continue to cheat as well. Using the same old “because I think so” logic. It’s been 18 years. The other shoe hasn’t dropped. It’s time to move on.

  19. 9-5, likely to end the season 11-5.
    Edelman missing for 4 games and coming off an ACL injury.
    Gronk is clearly a shell of himself.
    Gordon has had what, 6 games to get to know a very complicated offense?
    Little to no run game. (other than about 2 games where it was good)
    Pittsburgh was a game of drops and penalties.
    Yeah…………. it’s all Brady’s fault. He’s clearly done.

  20. Of course he won’t. Belichick is one of the most overrated coaches ever. Without Brady, he’s a .500 coach and will have only 2 rings….those when he was NOT on the Patriots.

  21. Bill’s not going to call out is QB – or any other player – in public to the press. That’s not how he does things. He may have blasted Brady in the film room for that decision, as it is well known that Brady takes a lot of criticism behind closed doors, but Bill’s not throwing that bone to the press.

  22. superpatriotsfan says:
    December 20, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Of course he won’t. Belichick is one of the most overrated coaches ever. Without Brady, he’s a .500 coach and will have only 2 rings….those when he was NOT on the Patriots.
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    We get it already. Belichick is overrated and average. sheesh

    30-34
    32-27-1

    ^
    |
    The difference in the first 4 years between Belichick(top) and Parcells(bottom).

    Without that defense the same could very well be said about Parcells. No coincidence the Giants took off after investing what they did on that defense starting in ’83+.

  23. wib22 says:
    December 19, 2018 at 5:01 pm
    Considering he wanted to keep Garoppolo before Kraft stepped in, I doubt this.

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    garoppolo is overrated.

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