Tom Brady on Bill Belichick: We brought out the best in each other

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Among the topics of conversation during Tom Brady‘s visit with Howard Stern on SiriusXM Radio Wednesday was Brady’s relationship with his former coach Bill Belichick.

That relationship has been the subject of much attention in recent years and Brady said there have been “so many wrong assumptions” about how the two men felt about each other. He also answered Stern’s question about whether he felt that he or Belichick deserved more credit for the Patriots’ success over the years.

“I think it’s a pretty s—-y argument that people would say that,” Brady said. “I can’t do his job, and he can’t do mine. So, the fact that you could say ‘Would I be successful without him? The same level of success?’ I don’t believe I would have been. But I feel the same vice versa as well. To have him allowed me to be the best I can be. I’m grateful for that and I very much believe he feels the same about me because we’ve expressed that to each other.”

Brady said he “absolutely” does not have any resentment about how hard the Patriots may have pushed to keep him in New England. He said he “could give a s–t” about legacies and that it “got to a point when I was an older athlete and [Belichick] started to plan for the future, which is what he should be doing.”

38 responses to “Tom Brady on Bill Belichick: We brought out the best in each other

  1. These answers should put everything to bed, but you know they won’t.

    Here come the idiots.

  2. There it has been answered…. so now can we PLEASE all move on from the ” Who needed who to earn 9 trips to the super bowls”!!!!

  3. At least he was somewhat honest about it, although I do think BB would be successful without Brady as proven with a 14-6 record in NE as GM and Coach. Not as successful, but so obviously successful.

    Meanwhile, with 75% of the league unable to build teams consistently well for 20 years under the Cap, it’s pretty clear Brady’s odds elsewhere wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good.

  4. Can’t wait for the Belichick/Kraft scandals to be revealed. We all know it’s coming…

  5. Look Tom left and he knew he wasn’t going back to New England before last year even began that’s it end of story….That’s why he renegotiated he contract to a one year deal with a guarantee from Kraft that there would be no franchise tag, and that’s why every single one of his press conferences was so different last year if you were paying attention. He knew he was leaving, and deep down I think it bothered him a lot that the Patriots (meaning Belichick) didn’t try to keep him. I think part of Tom wanted to leave because he was all done with Bill, but part of Tom wanted to stay, and in the end Bill did to Tom what Bill has done to every single great player he’s ever had. When Bill thinks it’s time to move on then it’s time to move on and that’s it. Bill doesn’t care what you did last year or the year before it’s always about what can you do for this team right now, and regardless of how great Brady has been he’s falling off. Yes father time is winning that’s just how it goes father time is undefeated for a reason

  6. Belichick already had success without Brady—just not remotely close to the extent that he had with him. The number one under-discussed piece is that Brady exemplifies teammate and has never been above being “one of the guys”. No superstar in recent history has embodied that better while refusing to try and grab every last dollar. That part could not have been duplicated by the other star QBs in the league at the time.

    He’s the opposite of selfish and diva as you can get, yet some people lazily claim that with basing it on anything tangible or what any other teammate has ever described.

  7. There’s no doubt that Belichick-Brady were one of the top HC-QB duos of all time – up there with Brown-Graham & Landry-Staubach.

    It would’ve been interesting to see how they would’ve done without one another while Brady was in his prime.

    Currently for Belichick I think that he’ll keep the Pats competitive without Brady although they may make more early playoff exits. As for Brady, his skills have declined to the point where I doubt he’ll make the Bucs a force.

  8. Can’t wait for Father Time to pay Belichick a visit. Have a taste of your own medicine grumpy.

  9. KoolAidFree says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:05 am
    Look Tom left and he knew he wasn’t going back to New England before last year even began that’s it end of story….That’s why he renegotiated he contract to a one year deal with a guarantee from Kraft that there would be no franchise tag, and that’s why every single one of his press conferences was so different last year if you were paying attention. He knew he was leaving, and deep down I think it bothered him a lot that the Patriots (meaning Belichick) didn’t try to keep him. I think part of Tom wanted to leave because he was all done with Bill, but part of Tom wanted to stay, and in the end Bill did to Tom what Bill has done to every single great player he’s ever had. When Bill thinks it’s time to move on then it’s time to move on and that’s it. Bill doesn’t care what you did last year or the year before it’s always about what can you do for this team right now, and regardless of how great Brady has been he’s falling off. Yes father time is winning that’s just how it goes father time is undefeated for a reason

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    Exactly. But, some of our pink hat Bradyite fans cannot see it. They just can’t. They think everything he does is gold. They have no filter, no ability to analyze or understant fact and reality.

    I’ve never seen anything like it. You won’t see this with Oilers fans and Gretzky, the Bulls fans with Jordan or even Celts fans with Bird. Everyone knew when it was over and the player wasn’t quite the same and just admitted it.

    We have these annoying Millennial Pats fans running around, who can’t even analyze the sport correctly because of Brady’s impact on the sport and his legacy in NE, and their subsequent blindness thinking every time #12 played a game, he played an A+ game. It’s just unreal. Unreal and embarrassing.

    Brady literally went out the door pouting like a little baby because Antonio Brown is a cuckoo bird and he didn’t have some large contract through age 45.

  10. ikeclanton says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:13 am
    Belichick already had success without Brady—just not remotely close to the extent that he had with him
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    Yeah, he really lit it up in Cleveland when he was fired as the worst Browns coach in their history at that time based on winning percentage not including interim head coaches.

  11. It is sort of like the breakup of the Beatles. John Lennon and Paul McCartney just weren’t as good as individual artists after the breakup.

  12. Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Brady and BB accomplished. It’s the end of an era.

  13. I understand why people like to repeat “father time is undefeated” but Tom Brady isn’t done just yet. Father time usually gets most of us recreational J.A.G.(just a guy) jocks that can only compete with other J.A.G. jocks by the time we are in our 20’s or 30’s. Brady’s in his 40’s and he’s still looking pretty good bouncing around the ring playing against the worlds most elite football players. He’s still landing blows to father times face and knocking him off balance.

    Brady’s fight with father time is like one of those pre-regulation boxing matches that could go 100 rounds back in the 1800’s.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am
    At least he was somewhat honest about it, although I do think BB would be successful without Brady as proven with a 14-6 record in NE as GM and Coach. Not as successful, but so obviously successful.


    His record in NE WITHOUT Brady is 19-19 you can’t pick and chose when to start to make you argument

    He started out 5-13 in NE then Brady was made the starting QB and they went on to win there first SB

  15. Tom Brady obviously regrets that BB decided it was time for the Pats to move on with Stidham helping the Pats win six Super Bowls in the next ten seasons. I know Brady realizes it was nothing personal, it is just how BB plans. I am sure Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, will let it go soon.

  16. araidersfan says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:20 am
    There’s no doubt that Belichick-Brady were one of the top HC-QB duos of all time – up there with Brown-Graham & Landry-Staubach.

    It would’ve been interesting to see how they would’ve done without one another while Brady was in his prime.

    Currently for Belichick I think that he’ll keep the Pats competitive without Brady although they may make more early playoff exits. As for Brady, his skills have declined to the point where I doubt he’ll make the Bucs a force.

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    Up there with? I would say surpassed by a large margin.

  17. Was there any doubt? The Patriots way is to use up talent until it can’t be used anymore and then to dump them. Players on this team seem to understand they are a commodity that will be milked for under what it is worth and the team wins with a shared exploitative vision.

    And while the above remark may sound sarcastic, it is the reality of how the Patriots do things. They never hide this. They are all in on success and if you don’t fit in those plans, you are gone. Ultimately the blunt brutality of the vision is refreshing. What pander to egos when they don’t have any more value. I applaud the Patriots for seemingly knowing when to dump a player and to move on. This team maximizes athletes like I’ve never seen. And when a player is on the downside, he’s gone. And sometimes the team is willing to integrate miscreants if they have upside potential – or if they can be dumped in a way to pick up compensatory picks.

  18. The Stern interview has exposed a number of canards about, Brady, Belichick and even Stern. Brady is more forthcoming than many give him credit. The debate about who was more important to the Patriots success, Brady or Belichick, is foolish. And, yes, Stern illicit more revealing responses from Brady than those in the media that doubted him.

    It matters little what those that want to tear down any of those three men say or write. Their motives are scurrilous.

  19. lesepi says:
    April 8, 2020 at 11:04 am
    Was there any doubt? The Patriots way is to use up talent until it can’t be used anymore and then to dump them. Players on this team seem to understand they are a commodity that will be milked for under what it is worth and the team wins with a shared exploitative vision.

    And while the above remark may sound sarcastic, it is the reality of how the Patriots do things. They never hide this. They are all in on success and if you don’t fit in those plans, you are gone. Ultimately the blunt brutality of the vision is refreshing. What pander to egos when they don’t have any more value. I applaud the Patriots for seemingly knowing when to dump a player and to move on. This team maximizes athletes like I’ve never seen. And when a player is on the downside, he’s gone. And sometimes the team is willing to integrate miscreants if they have upside potential – or if they can be dumped in a way to pick up compensatory picks.

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    What you just said is partially made Brady great. He may not realize, you may not even, as you typed that, but it’s true.

    BB has a responsibility to the team as GM and Coach. No one has done it better in a cap league anywhere in human history.

    If you had a business, you’d want a Bill Belichick running it. That simple.

  20. Expected that answer.

    But still – in a parallel universe the Detroit Lions or Bengals draft Brady in 2000.

    More likely than not he is out of football today.

  21. His record in NE WITHOUT Brady is 19-19 you can’t pick and chose when to start to make you argument

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    And whats Brady’s record without BB? Oh yeah, he probably never even gets drafted and never plays a down of NFL football. There were 7 rounds, he was picked in the middle of the sixth.

    And correct me if I’m wrong, but BB is the one who started him over a healthy Bledsoe. Even though everyone then thought he was crazy to do that. Does he get any credit for that?

    Sorry, but they both fed off each other just like Brady says

  22. They taught each other how to dismiss any semblance of personal integrity and cheat – though Bill did set a record for NFL fines while Tom was “only” suspended 4 games.

  23. joker65 says:
    ….
    And correct me if I’m wrong, but BB is the one who started him over a healthy Bledsoe. Even though everyone then thought he was crazy to do that…

    Well, not everyone thought BB was crazy to start Brady in their first Super Bowl win over Bledsoe, unless people think Ron Borges is everyone. I definitely wanted Brady to start that game, even though I liked Bledsoe, one of the great class acts in Pats history, and the 2nd best Pats QB in their history (Grogan is third).

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:26 am
    KoolAidFree says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:05 am
    Look Tom left and he knew he wasn’t going back to New England before last year even began that’s it end of story….That’s why he renegotiated he contract to a one year deal with a guarantee from Kraft that there would be no franchise tag, and that’s why every single one of his press conferences was so different last year if you were paying attention. He knew he was leaving, and deep down I think it bothered him a lot that the Patriots (meaning Belichick) didn’t try to keep him. I think part of Tom wanted to leave because he was all done with Bill, but part of Tom wanted to stay, and in the end Bill did to Tom what Bill has done to every single great player he’s ever had. When Bill thinks it’s time to move on then it’s time to move on and that’s it. Bill doesn’t care what you did last year or the year before it’s always about what can you do for this team right now, and regardless of how great Brady has been he’s falling off. Yes father time is winning that’s just how it goes father time is undefeated for a reason

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    Exactly. But, some of our pink hat Bradyite fans cannot see it. They just can’t. They think everything he does is gold. They have no filter, no ability to analyze or understant fact and reality.

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    Sounds exactly like your “everything he does is gold” view of BB. And yet now your genius has the Patriots in “Cap Hell” and is paying $25M this season to two guys that are not even on the team!

  25. tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am
    At least he was somewhat honest about it, although I do think BB would be successful without Brady as proven with a 14-6 record in NE as GM and Coach. Not as successful, but so obviously successful.

    Meanwhile, with 75% of the league unable to build teams consistently well for 20 years under the Cap, it’s pretty clear Brady’s odds elsewhere wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good.
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    I think you left out BB’s record with Drew Bledsoe. Before Brady started, BB was 5-11 with Bledsoe in 2000 and 0-2 with Bledsoe in 2001 before Brady took over the starting job.

  26. whywerule says:
    April 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    joker65 says:
    ….
    And correct me if I’m wrong, but BB is the one who started him over a healthy Bledsoe. Even though everyone then thought he was crazy to do that…

    Well, not everyone thought BB was crazy to start Brady in their first Super Bowl win over Bledsoe, unless people think Ron Borges is everyone. I definitely wanted Brady to start that game, even though I liked Bledsoe, one of the great class acts in Pats history, and the 2nd best Pats QB in their history (Grogan is third).

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    100% False.

    It wasn’t just Borges. I had people walking up to me at work first saying BB was a bad hire AND he was crazy to stick with an unknown 6th rd pick even though the D and STs were winning a lot of the games early in 2001.

    It was well known and BB was pestered at the podium almost weekly. Go check out the clips on You Tube if your memory is so bad.

  27. bullcharger says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:59 am
    araidersfan says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:20 am
    There’s no doubt that Belichick-Brady were one of the top HC-QB duos of all time – up there with Brown-Graham & Landry-Staubach.

    It would’ve been interesting to see how they would’ve done without one another while Brady was in his prime.

    Currently for Belichick I think that he’ll keep the Pats competitive without Brady although they may make more early playoff exits. As for Brady, his skills have declined to the point where I doubt he’ll make the Bucs a force.

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    Up there with? I would say surpassed by a large margin.

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    People have been so jealous of NE for so long, it gives them comfort to dole out backhanded compliments. lol

    Look at how disrespected these Dynasty I and II Era players are. Numerous players should be walking into the HOF on a 1st ballot and then we see these awkward names pop up for the HOF like Terrell Davis who played like 6 seasons, 3 of them on cap cheating Broncos teams where he and Elway were caught being paid under the table.

    It’s disgusting.

    NE has been so disrespected, mainly because BB blew up the parity Cap league by seeking out an intelligent, coachable prospect named Tom Brady. No one could ever imagine 2 different dynasties formed in 20 years, let alone even one. That’s why the Cap was created, or at least one of the reasons.

  28. This is all about mean green ppl brady has given up 60mil in contact money over the years, now hes basically making all that back in 2 years. real Pat’s fans are happy for him he gets to make a last big payday.hes 43 when and if the season starts it was time always better a year early then late.

  29. SWFLPC.INC says:
    April 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:26 am
    KoolAidFree says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:05 am
    Look Tom left and he knew he wasn’t going back to New England before last year even began that’s it end of story….That’s why he renegotiated he contract to a one year deal with a guarantee from Kraft that there would be no franchise tag, and that’s why every single one of his press conferences was so different last year if you were paying attention. He knew he was leaving, and deep down I think it bothered him a lot that the Patriots (meaning Belichick) didn’t try to keep him. I think part of Tom wanted to leave because he was all done with Bill, but part of Tom wanted to stay, and in the end Bill did to Tom what Bill has done to every single great player he’s ever had. When Bill thinks it’s time to move on then it’s time to move on and that’s it. Bill doesn’t care what you did last year or the year before it’s always about what can you do for this team right now, and regardless of how great Brady has been he’s falling off. Yes father time is winning that’s just how it goes father time is undefeated for a reason

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    Exactly. But, some of our pink hat Bradyite fans cannot see it. They just can’t. They think everything he does is gold. They have no filter, no ability to analyze or understant fact and reality.

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    Sounds exactly like your “everything he does is gold” view of BB. And yet now your genius has the Patriots in “Cap Hell” and is paying $25M this season to two guys that are not even on the team!

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    You keep saying the team is in cap hell, but BB never spends a lot in FA. They’re loaded. Brady was what held them back last year, including their injuries, which is what they seem to always take on in the odd seasons (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019).

    I’ll bet you right now, NE wins the division with Stidham. I win, you leave these boards for the entire post season. You win, I do the same.

    They’re light years more in tune with strong continuity on both sides of the ball more so than when they lost OTAs and Mini Camp in 2011 during the Lockout, ironically the year Brady was playing poorly in a shotgun spread.

    I’ve run the numbers, studied the data and know the facts.

    BB probably accounts for 10 mil in dead money as part of his budget every year. Every team carries it. In 2021, NE has over 100 million in cap space with a team that will be essentially built and in-house contracts coming JUST LIKE in 2010 when he paid ALL FAs, IN HOUSE. Mankins, Mayo, Brady, Wilfork, and a tagged Welker at 11.5 mil were the highest paid anywhere in the league at their respective positions.

    In 2014, after Hernandez decided to morph into Tony Mntana, NE carried 8.5 in dead money, They won SB 49. Got it? BB’s teams are built so well, something like 13 mil in Brady dead money, simply won’t matter. When your new starting QB could very well BE BETTER at 550K, that’s the reason why.

    Thuney’s long term deal is likely coming, Andrews needs one, JC Jackson, etc. These are very good players. Thuney has been better than what Logan Mankins was. Said it all along. Thuney’s postseason work alone proves this. He’s a technician, yet he can’t to a Pro Bowl either. The team is literally littered with “Pro Bowl” talent all over, it’s just that our Brady Fanboys who started following the team in 2007, can’t see that.

    Just because you don’t get what BB does or how good NE’s talent is through the draft, UDFAs or trades, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

    If the pattern holds, NE will be healthy in 2020, and the unknown is Stidham, but I like BB’s DAILY work with Brady, JimmyG, etc, or even Cassel (hadn’t played 4 straight quarters of football in 10 years by 2008). Yep. I just checked again. I like the results of all of those players. lol

    I own people like you. Eat em for breakfast all day long in negotiations.

    Meanwhile, your GM is Bobby Grier’s kid. Good luck with that. He’s already overpaid every FA possible, which means you’re going into cap hell in about 2 years. It’s started now simply by overpaying people.

    Enjoy!

  30. SWFLPC.INC says:
    April 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Sounds exactly like your “everything he does is gold” view of BB. And yet now your genius has the Patriots in “Cap Hell” and is paying $25M this season to two guys that are not even on the team!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    To be fair, will you consider them in cap hell next year, when they have $125 million in cap space?

  31. I remember just yesterday some blowhard on here was saying Edelman leads in all time punt return yardage with 13 yards per return. I am sure he just cherrypicked a 4-5 year span and said the other years do not count like BB’s NE coaching record without Brady under center.

  32. the two greatest individuals at their respective jobs in the history of the game!

    no debating it..

  33. This argument will be settled soon enough. If Belichick can take a team that everybody says lacks weapons and without a QB and win while Tom surrounded by weapons struggles, then it was Belichick all along.

  34. We will never know. Tom is 43 now. He showed it late in year. BB has no real QB right now. YEs he went 11-5 with Cassell but they still had a D and a weak schedule. WEAK. Check it.

  35. GetahelmetJWN12 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm
    We will never know. Tom is 43 now. He showed it late in year. BB has no real QB right now. YEs he went 11-5 with Cassell but they still had a D and a weak schedule. WEAK. Check it.

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    No such thing as a weak schedule in cap era parity nfl and two back to back west coast trips is 100% never easy.

    you people are clueless when it comes to understanding football history. This isn’t 1985 with 5 quality teams and 20 mediocre or horrible franchises

  36. 1. tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 12:59 pm
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    You keep saying the team is in cap hell, but BB never spends a lot in FA. They’re loaded.
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    Hilarious. Pats had FOUR major flameouts last year at wide receiver in JGordon, ABrown, Harry and Sanu. Major assets were given up to acquire them for little production. Also the tight end position was a waste land last year. And the rushing game took a significant step back from the year before. “loaded” like a diaper. Facts.

    And Brady is not the bad guy you portray him as for wanting the best situation for himself. Settling for Nick Foles money with bad weapons is not a great situation. Facts.

  37. tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 7:03 pm
    GetahelmetJWN12 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm
    We will never know. Tom is 43 now. He showed it late in year. BB has no real QB right now. YEs he went 11-5 with Cassell but they still had a D and a weak schedule. WEAK. Check it.

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    No such thing as a weak schedule in cap era parity nfl and two back to back west coast trips is 100% never easy.

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    Cassel Pats had a 5 game drop off against the 29th hardest schedule in the NFL. And Cassel had his best year after leaving BB.

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