Bill Belichick: It was a privilege coaching Tom Brady

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The relationship between Tom Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been scrutinized over the last few years and Brady’s decision to leave the team this offseason will likely lead to another round, but there was nothing but love from Belichick in a statement released on Tuesday morning.

Belichick called Brady one of the “original creators” of the Patriots program that produced six Super Bowl-winning teams and said that the two men “will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect and appreciation.”

“Nothing about the end of Tom’s Patriots career changes how unfathomably spectacular it was,” Belichick said. “With his relentless competitiveness and longevity, he earned everyone’s adoration and will be celebrated forever. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years. Examples of Tom’s greatness are limitless, going back even before he was drafted. We witnessed how he prepared when he wasn’t playing, how he performed when he got his opportunity, what he did to continuously improve, his leadership, his mindset, the example he set, and, of course, the person he is. I am extremely grateful for what he did for our team and for me personally. Sometimes in life, it takes some time to pass before truly appreciating something or someone but that has not been the case with Tom. He is a special person and the greatest quarterback of all-time.”

Now Belichick will have to find someone who can succeed the greatest quarterback of all-time and keep the Patriots on the winning track they’ve been on for the last two decades.

59 responses to “Bill Belichick: It was a privilege coaching Tom Brady

  1. For the record, I thought BB made a mistake when he chose to go into the 01 playoffs with Brady instead of Drew Bledsoe. I was only 29 at the time. I’ll blame it on my youth.

    I’m glad that Drew got to beat Pitt in the AFC title game but I’m even more glad to have been wrong about both BB and Brady. They are not an either or when it comes to greatness as much as they are a “both” great.

  2. With Bill around..they’ll compete. No question about it.

    Like I said… something didn’t seem right with Brady last year and it wasn’t his on field performance. The pouting and moping was not a great look. Who knows what it was. Bill probably had enough and he did what he always did in the past and let the team know he needs to go. And that was that.

    I don’t think Tom is going to find the grass is greener elsewhere. Dude is 43.

  3. As much as it was fun to speculate about Brady and the Patriots parting ways, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I highly doubted it. But, now there is no doubting!

  4. No way this is done if by last August BB wasn’t sold on Stidham. Stidham lits it up in preseason and BB is sold on his progress like he was Brady’s going into year 2 in 2001.

    That simple.

    BB was sold on JimmyG. That simple.

    They will slowly prepare him and get him supported with almost the exact same personnel as last year that Brady looked like Mark Sanchez with.

    Brady’s trajectory is trending DOWN, not up.

    His last great hurrah was blistering KC in the 2018 title game. The D won the SB for him and that was sort of the start of Brady being without 2 HOF binkies all the time.

    No QB demands two HOF binkies of all time.

    If Brady picks the Chargers, he’s going to be miserable because of inferior talent, GM and Coach there.

    This is all about his branding and BB sniffed it out years ago. Once that became more important, BB started to see the slide.

  5. Had to be coming. Franchised Thuney. Extended McCourty. Brady is already $13 mil against the cap. There is only so much money to go around. The cap is the greatest equalizer. The Patriots have been successful for so long because they have never been afraid of letting stars walk.

  6. Now Belichick will have to find someone who can succeed the greatest quarterback of all-time

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    Otto Graham retired over 50 years ago and we are still trying to find his replacement as GOAT? Not going to happen at this point.

  7. You’re right it was a privilege, because you were a career HC failure without him, and will be again now that he’s gone.

  8. What a bunch of BS

    remember folks, this is coming from the guy who insulted the greatest quarterback of all time by offering him a one-year deal with a pay cut, just last week

    100% spin from Bill Belichick. just admit it bill, you didn’t want Brady around anymore, no matter what

  9. lgw91s says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:41 am
    Had to be coming. Franchised Thuney. Extended McCourty. Brady is already $13 mil against the cap. There is only so much money to go around. The cap is the greatest equalizer. The Patriots have been successful for so long because they have never been afraid of letting stars walk.

    5 0 Thank You

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    I tried to explain this for months. All the Brady Fanboys, hopefully fans our fanbase can now get rid of online, are so blinded by seeing him run onto the field, they can’t objectively analyze what actually happens on the field.

    The media NEVER held him acctountable for PUTRID s2007 and 2011 AFC title geames the Ds won in an offensive era, and then they blamed the Ds in each SB, when everyone knows it’;s an offensive era, and 14-17 points is not going to win you a SB, other than an otherworldly performance like Brady received LAST YEAR, which is an outlier example in SBs in this era. The irony.

    Oh, the irony.

    As a diehard of 38 years, it was appalling to see Brady mentally check out last year and act the way he did.

    If you told me they’d be blocking punts almost weekly and had the #1D in the league with that RB group, I would have told you 14-2 and coasting to the 1 seed with that schedule.

    They went 12-4 and the D themselves won 10 of the 12 games. Brady was horrible last year. I warned that once Wynn came in and the struggling Newhouse was relived of his duties, Brady’s bad habits would still be there and they were minus his perfectly played game vs Buffalo when he wasn’t featured as much in the gameplan.

    Ego is a nasty thing and BB is very good at ridding his locker room of it because he knows what it can do.

  10. Maybe Rivers to the Pats as a two year placeholder while they find a long term solution?

  11. factschecker says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:38 am
    For the record, I thought BB made a mistake when he chose to go into the 01 playoffs with Brady instead of Drew Bledsoe. I was only 29 at the time. I’ll blame it on my youth.

    I’m glad that Drew got to beat Pitt in the AFC title game but I’m even more glad to have been wrong about both BB and Brady. They are not an either or when it comes to greatness as much as they are a “both” great.

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    Yeah and guess who stole a lot of Brady’s reps last year? Stidham. Just like Brady stole Bledsoe’s in his SECOND Year.

    People are going to be in for a rude awakening when this loaded, young Pats team comes in and rallies around Stidham, the latter who went stare down binkies and playing favorites, completely ignoring wide open receivers elsewhere.

    Yep.

    I’ve said it all along and no one is listening. All you have to do is look at the patterns.

    You have the greatest GM and Coach in sports history and people think Brady is some robotic football amooeba that morphed into a great QB on his own. Absolutely laughable.

  12. I have never, ever heard Bill Belichick lavish praise and love like that on anyone, including his favorite player, Lawrence Taylor.

  13. And Bill plays his public card… He’s going to let Tom do his tour, see what the best offer is, and Kraft will have the jet waiting in Tampa to fly him back to Boston.

  14. The D won the SB for him and that was sort of the start of Brady being without 2 HOF binkies all the time.

    No QB demands two HOF binkies of all time.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    In 2017, Edelman was sidelined for the entire year with an ACL and Brady won the MVP and threw for over 500 yards in the SB. Other than Gronk, who was his “HOF binkie”?

    IN 2016, Gronk missed half the season and all the playoffs with injuries. Brady won the SB and was top 3 in MVP voting while missing 4 games. He had Edelman, but who else?

    As always, there continues to be no one who knows less about football. How are those Giselle theories working?

  15. So now 5 or more straight years of no Pats in the playoffs? Hard to imagine them having much success in the near future with TB.

  16. This still seems all wrong to me. Is Brady REALLY going to leave a Super Bowl contender to go play for some third-rate team with some third-rate coach? Are we really going to have another Jordan-to-Wizards wheeze-out to a GOAT career?

    Who’s left? Bucs, Chargers? Maybe still Raiders? Those are such nothing teams that will add nothing to a legacy.

    My only thought of why this makes any sense at all is that, for someone who already has it all – six rings, all-time-great acclaim – the only thing left that has any value, that he can’t have where he is, is novelty. That something, anything, different is worth more than everything he has where he is.

    It’s understandable, but sad that it couldn’t happen with a better team like the 49ers.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I tried to explain this for months. All the Brady Fanboys, hopefully fans our fanbase can now get rid of online, are so blinded by seeing him run onto the field, they can’t objectively analyze what actually happens on the field.

    The media NEVER held him acctountable for PUTRID s2007 and 2011 AFC title geames the Ds won in an offensive era, and then they blamed the Ds in each SB, when everyone knows it’;s an offensive era, and 14-17 points is not going to win you a SB, other than an otherworldly performance like Brady received LAST YEAR, which is an outlier example in SBs in this era. The irony.

    Oh, the irony.

    As a diehard of 38 years, it was appalling to see Brady mentally check out last year and act the way he did.

    If you told me they’d be blocking punts almost weekly and had the #1D in the league with that RB group, I would have told you 14-2 and coasting to the 1 seed with that schedule.

    They went 12-4 and the D themselves won 10 of the 12 games. Brady was horrible last year. I warned that once Wynn came in and the struggling Newhouse was relived of his duties, Brady’s bad habits would still be there and they were minus his perfectly played game vs Buffalo when he wasn’t featured as much in the gameplan.

    Ego is a nasty thing and BB is very good at ridding his locker room of it because he knows what it can do.

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    The only question is when. When will you change your user name, before New England fails to make the playoffs, or after? Belichick is a brilliant coach, but until he lands a franchise QB, he’s never going to make another deep playoff run. I think it’s 50/50 that he’ll make the Wild Card round this season, but that roster is getting old and Bill hasn’t had a quality draft since Obama’s first term. My money is on New England competing for a one-and-done playoff in 2020, and spiraling down in 2021.

  18. QUESTION…just where do you go to replace…the “greatest quarterback of all-time.” ?

  19. lemmetalkwouldya says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:52 am
    What a bunch of BS

    remember folks, this is coming from the guy who insulted the greatest quarterback of all time by offering him a one-year deal with a pay cut, just last week

    100% spin from Bill Belichick. just admit it bill, you didn’t want Brady around anymore, no matter what

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    There was no 1 year deal last week. There was a 2 year deal last August. When your QB is the only QB in the league to skip OTAs and show horrible leadership, you’re not going to get a top market deal at age 43.

    Not happening unless you’re a very poorly run franchise. Brady chose the ego stroke coined it as “wanting to experience FA”, and that says it all.

    Only someone not interested in winning would deviate from what made them a winner in the fist place.

    End of story.

    Brady did this to himself by listening to people all around him brainwashing him into thinking he made BB, when it’s so clearly the other way around as proven this past year.

    If Brady is so other-worldly, why does he need a minimum of TWO HOF caliber passing options in order to function? Why can’t anyone answer this?

    Go look at every other Pro Bwol level QB last year and their respective work with rookie WRs.

    Guess who was by far the worst? Brady.

    I literally watch Russell Wilson lob the ball up to Metcalf in the postseason on a 1st read like backyard football. Why couldn’t Brady do that with Harry? Where is it?

    Do you honestly think BB is stupid?

  20. Brownie, classic, as I have often remarked about Automatic Otto. Make that 65 years.

    BB is a huge football historian, so he does not throw around his praise lightly.

  21. I am not picking sides, but what happens with Brady and the Pats will be one of the more fascinating storylines the next year or two.

  22. lemmetalkwouldya says:

    What a bunch of BS

    remember folks, this is coming from the guy who insulted the greatest quarterback of all time by offering him a one-year deal with a pay cut, just last week
    ===============================================

    It’s not about feelings. It’s about business.

  23. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:51 am
    Who? Seriously, outside their fanbase. Nobody cares where he goes

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    Yes you do. He will dramatically affect the next team and division he goes to…probably at the expense of your team’s success. And you know it.

  24. Ego is a nasty thing
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    I agree. Some people are making the Tom Brady story all about themselves. That takes an astounding ego for a fan to make it all about themselves. Don’t look at Brady. look at me instead.

    I tried to explain this…..
    I would have told you…….
    If you told me they’d be….
    I’ve said it all along and no one is listening.

    Ego is a nasty thing

  25. Following in Montana’s footsteps. With Taylor in SD, it looks like TB in TB or Vegas. Thanks Tom for an unbelievable 20 yeara ! It” officially Stidham time.

  26. zonkerharris213 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:06 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I tried to explain this for months. All the Brady Fanboys, hopefully fans our fanbase can now get rid of online, are so blinded by seeing him run onto the field, they can’t objectively analyze what actually happens on the field.

    The media NEVER held him acctountable for PUTRID s2007 and 2011 AFC title geames the Ds won in an offensive era, and then they blamed the Ds in each SB, when everyone knows it’;s an offensive era, and 14-17 points is not going to win you a SB, other than an otherworldly performance like Brady received LAST YEAR, which is an outlier example in SBs in this era. The irony.

    Oh, the irony.

    As a diehard of 38 years, it was appalling to see Brady mentally check out last year and act the way he did.

    If you told me they’d be blocking punts almost weekly and had the #1D in the league with that RB group, I would have told you 14-2 and coasting to the 1 seed with that schedule.

    They went 12-4 and the D themselves won 10 of the 12 games. Brady was horrible last year. I warned that once Wynn came in and the struggling Newhouse was relived of his duties, Brady’s bad habits would still be there and they were minus his perfectly played game vs Buffalo when he wasn’t featured as much in the gameplan.

    Ego is a nasty thing and BB is very good at ridding his locker room of it because he knows what it can do.

    ================================================================

    The only question is when. When will you change your user name, before New England fails to make the playoffs, or after? Belichick is a brilliant coach, but until he lands a franchise QB, he’s never going to make another deep playoff run. I think it’s 50/50 that he’ll make the Wild Card round this season, but that roster is getting old and Bill hasn’t had a quality draft since Obama’s first term. My money is on New England competing for a one-and-done playoff in 2020, and spiraling down in 2021.

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    I am not going to change my username at all. NE wins the division next year.

    Losing Van Noy hurts (Collins not as much), but they drafted Winowich last year. See?

    Every time you people make a wishful thinking claim, I can point to why you’re wrong. Move John Simon to the strong side, because he’s a bigger body than Winowich, bring the red-shirted 2019 draft class with your 12 draft picks from this draft, assuming he uses them all (which he likely won’t), wait for the prime and CRAZY FA market to settle right now, sign some guys, trade for a quality WR with one of your 3rd rders, draft another one, and continue to lean on your top notch OL (yes, top notch that goes to SBs every year when healthy), and groom Stidham, maybe drafting another QB to keep him on point.

    Enjoy the view!

    PS NE’s veteran base in place right now, especially down the middle with Hightower, McCourty and even the most underrated defender in the league in Lawrence Guy.

    Yep. Read it again if you need to. NE is loaded. It’s a myth that they aren’t.

  27. I think we’re going to see a very different offense in NE next year, one that doesn’t rely on complex pre snap reads. The game has changed and it’s time for the Patriots offense post Brady to change too. Maybe this will be a good thing for the likes of Harry.

  28. As a Steelers fan, I respect him, he had our number for sure. Mike and open mouth breather Butler had a hard time figuring him out. Just please go to the NFC Tom, I don’t care how old you are. Thanks in advance.

  29. The kids that were growing up in the 2000s were spoiled with the greatness of Tom Brady, and they have no idea what it was like to be a Patriots fan thru the 70s and 80s when we were the doormat of the NFL. Sure we had that one great 1985 season, but the Bears had one of the greatest defenses ever assembled and were not going to be denied that Superbowl. The Patriots were nothing until they brought in Bill Parcells who turned this franchise into a contender, but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady took the Patriots to the next level. Greatness and Dynasty are not thrown around lightly by those who understand their true meaning, and the Patriots under Tom Brady’s leadership were both of those things. Thanks for the Championships Tom and good luck with the Chargers. Yea he’s going to the Chargers you can bank on that, and now we’ll get a look at what Belichick can do without Tom. It’s gonna be interesting, but know this haters the Patriots aren’t done as long as Bill is prowling the sidelines…So bring it

  30. Bill taught Tom that personal integrity means nothing – is’s whether you win. Cheating is ok!

  31. Two Large Ego’s slammed into each other. This is the result.
    Bill thinks Tom got all the credit,…. Tom wanted to get credit from Bill. But Bill never shared the love with Tom.
    Will Brady sign with the team that has everything in place,… except the QB.
    I only see a few teams that fit the criteria.
    San Fran,.. Dallas,.. Philly,.. Indy,.. LA Rams.
    I say he signs with Indy. The other 3 have QB’s that have large contracts. And he can play in a dome.

  32. mrbigass says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Maybe Rivers to the Pats as a two year placeholder while they find a long term solution?

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    Not sure why this has gotten downvoted. On paper it makes a lot of sense. Rivers and Belichick are two strong personalities, but there is no one available who would give the Pats a better chance than Rivers. They’d be an instant SB contender, again, and Rivers’ time frame would allow the Pats to plan ahead with no worries about ruffling the feathers of the starter.

    That said, I can see why Rivers would prefer the Colts. A more manageable division, a coach that would be easier to work with, and probably a better roster at the moment.

    I agree with those who think Dalton would be a good choice for the Pats. A good QB at a good price who seems to have all the makings of a QB just waiting to be coached upward for once.

  33. aquineas1 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:00 am
    And Bill plays his public card… He’s going to let Tom do his tour, see what the best offer is, and Kraft will have the jet waiting in Tampa to fly him back to Boston.
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    Tampa is a done deal. Just hasn’t been announced yet…..

  34. mainepatriotsfan says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:20 am
    Following in Montana’s footsteps. With Taylor in SD, it looks like TB in TB or Vegas. Thanks Tom for an unbelievable 20 yeara ! It” officially Stidham time.

    1 2 Rate This

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    Exactly. I don’t know why this can’t be the reaction. He had to retire some time and BB is never wrong when awkwardly needing to tell a player they need to move on.

    In fact, there have been stories I think with guys like Bruschi and I think Nink was another that went public saying BB sat down with them and pointed out the issues on film in a nice way. The difference is, someone without a massive ego tied to delusion may accept that analysis better.

  35. I don’t think Tom is going to find the grass is greener elsewhere. Dude is 43.

    The body isn’t even cold yet and the fanboys are starting backstab their….uh….hero. Some fans…eh?

  36. factschecker says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Ego is a nasty thing
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    I agree. Some people are making the Tom Brady story all about themselves. That takes an astounding ego for a fan to make it all about themselves. Don’t look at Brady. look at me instead.

    I tried to explain this…..
    I would have told you…….
    If you told me they’d be….
    I’ve said it all along and no one is listening.

    Ego is a nasty thing

    6 1 Rate This

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    Right, but why do people upfront tell me I am wrong and mock and mock and mock and mock. Here I am. right again, after constant mocking, so I am forced to point this out. lmao

    It’s just so simple. If I give a dozen supportive reasons for the logic, with it making perfect sense, I shouldn’t be mocked.

    My analysis is so well beyond most people here, including you. You’re the one with the ego problem. You come in here acting like you know everything but it’s through the eyes of a Brady Fanboy, not even understanding the cap, other elements of the sport, etc. I’ve seen your comments.

    It doesn’t hurt to learn from others even if I admire you work during Framegate II pointing out all the lies.

    Meanwhile, I like to learn from others. I don’t mock well read or educated people like many children do here.

    That’s the difference. Millennials think they know everything and refuse to learn. Not all, but most.

    Congratulations.

  37. kevpft says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:45 am
    mrbigass says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Maybe Rivers to the Pats as a two year placeholder while they find a long term solution?

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    Not sure why this has gotten downvoted. On paper it makes a lot of sense. Rivers and Belichick are two strong personalities, but there is no one available who would give the Pats a better chance than Rivers. They’d be an instant SB contender, again, and Rivers’ time frame would allow the Pats to plan ahead with no worries about ruffling the feathers of the starter.

    That said, I can see why Rivers would prefer the Colts. A more manageable division, a coach that would be easier to work with, and probably a better roster at the moment.

    I agree with those who think Dalton would be a good choice for the Pats. A good QB at a good price who seems to have all the makings of a QB just waiting to be coached upward for once.

    ————————–

    Here it is….Rivers is ALSO fading….Yep.

    It happens kinda slowly, but if you watch closely, the cliff comes up on you pretty quick.

    Don’t be so quick to think an older QB transitioning is a slam dunk.

  38. muzzy27 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:25 am
    As a Steelers fan, I respect him, he had our number for sure. Mike and open mouth breather Butler had a hard time figuring him out. Just please go to the NFC Tom, I don’t care how old you are. Thanks in advance.

    10 0 Rate This

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    Thanks for the objective, kind words. Nice to see an honest fan from another franchise be honest and objective instead of immature and delusional.

    He’s the greatest QB ever and it ain’t close, but he’s on his way down. Going to be awkward watching him fade off to the end of the 2020 season.

  39. It’s nice to see the Patriots don’t have a free pass to playoffs anymore. AFC East might actually be interesting for one of the few times in the last 20 years.

  40. I think this move will show weakness in both of them. Bill probably looking at a couple of soft years and Tom likely won’t have the same success somewhere else based on his age and diminishing skills. Should have found a way to keep it together for another year

  41. brownietheelf32 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:42 am
    Now Belichick will have to find someone who can succeed the greatest quarterback of all-time

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    Otto Graham retired over 50 years ago and we are still trying to find his replacement as GOAT? Not going to happen at this point.
    ——–

    LOL. Ok, boomer

  42. Good riddance….. now the Pats will be chasing the Bills for years to come.
    BILLS MAFIA

  43. Is there already an agreement in place with another team that just has not been announced?

  44. First off, yes Stidham did well in the preseason. So did Duck Hodges. Secondly, to say that you never mock anyone is a joke. You’re the best internet warrior around. Thirdly, the greatest coach in sports history would have way more championships than only 6 in 25 years or so. Fourth, the greatest franchise in sports history would have way more championships than only 6 in 55 years. Fifth, that defense is old. They showed it last year towards the end. When Fitzy dismantled them. Sixth, have a nice day.

  45. Patriots and Belichick are done. Look up Belichicks record as a HC without Brady and you’re going see a .500 team. LOL

  46. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    First off, yes Stidham did well in the preseason. So did Duck Hodges. Secondly, to say that you never mock anyone is a joke. You’re the best internet warrior around. Thirdly, the greatest coach in sports history would have way more championships than only 6 in 25 years or so. Fourth, the greatest franchise in sports history would have way more championships than only 6 in 55 years. Fifth, that defense is old. They showed it last year towards the end. When Fitzy dismantled them. Sixth, have a nice day.

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    Brady sabotaged the season anf the game. BB took off his headset before half after that Pick 6 for a reason.

    Fitzy didn’t do anything. If anything the D was sick and tired of over-performing very week and BB had seen enough from Brady. He royally sucked, quit on his team early in the season and then pouted and moped on his way out the door for an ego stroke for more money for Giselle.

    End of story. He’ll regret it the rest of his life. And, like I said, BB is not waiting to ruin the team over a player’s legacy. Not happening.

    I only mock people after I was mocked. It’s beautiful that I get the last laugh all the time.

    I thank BB for this move and now I can have a nice, peaceful no drama season unlike last year with Mr. Ego wanting it to be about him at the end of his career for god knows why, when his whole career was built on being a great teammate.

    How does a 42 year old QB not love a #1 D, good STs, short fields, constant turnovers, very good RBs to work with?

    Explain that to me. He should have been drooling with that set up. He wasn’t.

    VERY TELLING to me and BB. Have a nice day!

  47. Well said coach now let’s flip the page the dynasty moves forward 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  48. As a long time fan of this team (45 years), win or loose I am looking forward to something different. We have won so damn much in the last 20 I’m flat worn out. New faces may move the enthusiasm needle.

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