Tom Brady doesn’t expect a homecoming when he comes home to Foxboro

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Tom Brady, if you haven’t heard, makes his return to New England on Sunday. He addressed the reception he expects to receive at his looming return on the latest episode of the Let’s Go! podcast.

I wouldn’t expect a homecoming,” Brady said. “I think they’re there to root for their team, and their team is the Patriots. And I’ll certainly have a lot of people that cheered for me over the years, I know there’ll probably be, I’ll have a lot of family there and I have a lot of friends that have wanted to go to the game. . . . The home crowd at Gillette is a great crowd. And I think they’re going to cheer for their team as I would expect them to. And I think if they know anything about me, they’re going to know that I’m going out there to try to win the football game. So I think they’ll respect that about me. I certainly respect that they’re there to pull for their team and that’s the way sports goes.”

That’s indeed the way sports goes. The business of sports goes a way that resulted in Brady going away.

“That’s the reality of pro sports, you know, and I think again, I think having the opportunity as a free agent 18 months ago, and, you know, choosing Tampa and then seeing that we were gonna play the AFC East, I knew it would be inevitable,” Brady said. “And, you know, here we are kind of, as we approach this week, you know, it’ll be obviously a fun week. There’s a lot of buildup, a lot of hype, and I know it’s kind of been going on for quite a while.”

Many are excited about the game; is Brady?

“I’m excited to go play a football game and a regular-season football game and try to get back on a winning track,” Brady said. “And I know it’s against the team that I played 20 years for, and I know it’s against a very quality team and a great organization and a great franchise, but I’m going to do everything I can to keep it like I normally do. I mean, I feel like I put 100 percent into every week, so it’s not like I can say, well, this week I’m going to put 110 percent in because I try to put 100 percent in every week to the opponent. You know, I have a lot of obviously tremendous memories. I have some of the greatest experiences of my life took place in the last 20 years, personally and professionally. You know, going back to a place that I know so well with so many friends will be a really exciting thing for everybody. And I think as the ball gets kicked off, I know it’s going to be kind of a normal football game and I’m going to have to go do what I’ve always tried to do, is be a great quarterback for the team that I’m playing on. And I’d love to go up there and get a win against a really great football team.”

It would also be rewarding to get a win against a really great football coach, Bill Belichick.

“Well, I have 20 years of being there and, you know, obviously he’s a great mentor for me,” Brady said. “And, yes, there’s definitely great lessons I’ve learned from him. And, you know, he’s a great football coach and he does a great job for his team. Any player I think they would just hope that their coaches give them everything they’ve got and I’m sure every great coach wants every player to give them everything they’ve got. And I think that’s what makes a great relationship.”

That’s a far cry from the recent comments from Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero, regarding the failure of Belichick to evolve as Brady aged. Unless and until Brady disputes or disavows Guerrero’s words, it’s fair to assume that’s what Brady believes. Even if he’ll never, ever say it — at least not until he writes his autobiography.

61 responses to “Tom Brady doesn’t expect a homecoming when he comes home to Foxboro

  1. “Unless and until Brady disputes or disavows Guerrero’s words, it’s fair to assume that’s what Brady believes.” Is it really? Brady would never get involved in this sort of nonsense, and Alex Guerrero has his own issues with Belichick, so it’s not like he’s unbiased in his opinion.

  2. This is the highlight of the fanboys season. I hope Brady drops 50 on them just for sh-to and giggles.

  3. Brady is on record for saying that 90% of what he says is not true. Saying that he believes that the reception he receives in Foxboro this Sunday won’t be positive falls into that 90%. It will be overwhelming pro Brady.

  4. Florio you are getting closer and closer to being one of those trashy gossip magazines where you cherry pick quotes to fit a narrative you want to set… Or worse, you straight up misrepresent something all together.

    Brady went out of his way to say that Guerrero and his Dad do not speak for him. He literally joked about how his dad should know better and that if he keeps speaking up he reserves the right to put him in an s folks home against his will. He also said That he considers Belichick his mentor…

    Guerrero as Brady said was just being protective and let’s be honest.. dude is bitter from Belichick banning him from the facility. That doesnt mean Brady personally believes any of that stuff. He knows how fortunate he was and it’s not about one or the other or any of that BS. Fact is Belichick always gets rid of players one year too early vs one year too late and Brady knows that better than anyone. They didn’t want to sign him to a multi year so he left. That’s it. Doesnt need to be anything more than that. Joe montana and Peyton Manning didn’t finish their careers in original place either.

  5. I have always been of the opinion that Kraft, Belichick, and Brady sat down to see if there was a way to continue the relationship. There wasn’t.
    Tom required better weapons. It couldn’t be done with the dire salary cap situation in 2020. It wasn’t going to be a competitive team with Tom, especially if you tacked on an additional $25 mil onto the cap for Tom’s salary. They already had $30 mil in dead money.
    Tom did quite well in selecting Tampa. Jameis Winston actually led the league in passing yardage in 2019. So, the talent was there. Add in Gronk, AB, and Fournette? Top notch defense? Laid back coach? Friendly state taxes? Pretty comfortable situation to step into.

  6. It’s only Tuesday and he’s already insufferable. A lot more
    people are out there calling in saying how
    annoyed they were with him and his antics than the media is portraying here.

    That said, he will get a standing O. The way he was acting at the end will be a stain on his time in NE.

    No Boston sports legend ended their career in such disgraceful fashion.

  7. Everyone and I mean Coaches also should give Brady a standing ovation for 6 minutes for the 6 rings he got them because the patriot fans won’t see that team of theirs in championship game for a Long time,probably not even the playoffs..too many big time young Qb’s in the AFC !!

  8. Belichick wanted Brady gone it’s that simple. Don’t know how that’s on Brady exactly but I guess revisionism is better than facing the truth for some Pats fans.

  9. What Brady says and what he’s thinking are two completely different things. Most likely, he wants to blow Belichick and the Patriots out of the building.

  10. Brady already gave a comment about his father’s and Guerrero’s statements, plus a nice joke about his dad, so it’s disingenuous–at best–to say it’s fair to assume he ascribes to Guerrero’s sentiments.

    At some point, a sportswriter has to decide if his job is to cover the game and the business of football, or to go the TMZ route. I expect some of that stirring-the-pot stuff from local sports people, especially the ones on on the radio and TV, but it’s a bad look for a national outlet.

  11. Tampa will win this game easily but that’s not the point. Brady is such a phony. When he got in trouble and was attacked for everything those Pats fans in the stands always had his back. We defended him on every website, talk show, etc. against all comers. Even showing up at NFL Headquarters. He owes the fans here more respect. Saying he would never live back here with that smarmy “ain’t I funny” giggle and sending daddy and that con artist Guererro to do his talking now is a punk move. Screw Brady.

  12. There just won’t be enough popcorn in the world for Sunday.

    It’s likely to be a letdown, though. If the Pats can give TB any kind of challenge, all credit to them. It’s not likely they will – TB is a much better team on both sides of the ball, and are coming off a loss. And they have the GOAT (the guy who Jones should have sat & learned behind for a year or 2).

  13. Anybody remember packer fans having a funeral for Brett Favre with a full procession? Then packer fans wishing death upon him? Hopefully Patriots fans are psychotic.

  14. It amazes me how most of us on here don’t understand that this isn’t a rec league. This is the NFL. There is a ton of time, money, expenses, revenues, etc. that fall into these situations.

    I love how people on here act like it was a case where oh Belichick didn’t want Brady, Brady wanted out, etc. They literally won 6 (SIX) Super Bowls together. No one wants to dismantle that, but when you factor in age, location, and a salary cap it’s not so easy as oh let’s just make it work.

    Tom went to TB because its warm (better on the body,) he’s getting money, and has a ton of weapons (from working the cap.)

    Stop acting like they both had it out for each other already.

  15. Maybe Tommy’s dad will address the stadium on the Jumbotron before the game to let them know how to welcome his son.

  16. frankiefiveangels says:
    September 28, 2021 at 11:27 am
    Tampa will win this game easily but that’s not the point. Brady is such a phony. When he got in trouble and was attacked for everything those Pats fans in the stands always had his back. We defended him on every website, talk show, etc. against all comers. Even showing up at NFL Headquarters. He owes the fans here more respect. Saying he would never live back here with that smarmy “ain’t I funny” giggle and sending daddy and that con artist Guererro to do his talking now is a punk move. Screw Brady.

    —————

    Yep. If there is one thing people don’t like in NE, it’s a phony. Any real fan knows the truth.

    BB and Kraft walked because Brady thought he was above team, never wrong and never made a mistake.

    In other words, he wanted everything nice and easy in his remaining years and to be above the team based on past accomplishments. His own teammates said “we’re not going through that again” in his last year. Whether it was McCourty, Hightower or another veteran defensive player, Brady spit in the team’s face and the fans’ faces as well.

    There is no sugarcoating it or watching the media try to protect him, which, technically, is what created the monster BB had to deal with, which is why he drafteD Garoppolo.

    It lit a fire under Brady and BB’s genius formed a 2nd dynasty.

    No coach should tolerate primadonnas.

  17. touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 11:02 am
    It’s only Tuesday and he’s already insufferable. A lot more
    people are out there calling in saying how
    annoyed they were with him and his antics than the media is portraying here.

    That said, he will get a standing O. The way he was acting at the end will be a stain on his time in NE.

    No Boston sports legend ended their career in such disgraceful fashion.

    ____________________________________________

    Brady SHOULD get a standing O. Most of us do realize that Belichick ran him out of here, and yes, his frustration showed at the end. That said, he gave us 20 years of greatness, including SIX championships. He spoiled us as fans, and we loved him for it. Still do. Brady is not a disgrace…he’s the GOAT.

  18. Remember how Favre was received in GB while wearing purple? Imagine that reception, except the absolute opposite.

  19. He owes the fans here more respect,

    ————————-

    Bill Belichick Approval Rating Poll Results Provide Decisive Stance Ahead of 2020 Season (May 15th, 2020)

    — Drawing from a total of 898 votes submitted on a poll posted to Reddit.com/r/Patriots, an overwhelming 828 votes were cast in support of approval for Belichick, compared to only 70 cast for disapproval. That’s higher than a 92 percent approval rating for Belichick.

    — On top of this conclusive approval rating, the odds according to FanDuel Sportsbook also suggest that Belichick’s 2020 Patriots are still in better shape than Brady and his new team, as far as projected win totals go.

    Now you know where Belichick’s gigantic ego came from and why Brady left.

  20. As sure the business of pro sports n a fuggly n grumpy falling behind the modern football times old coach got in the way of an entire career in one place … but alas #12 is having fun again and the crowd will be giving an appropriate thumbs up for quite some time just enjoy the moment as these do not happen often in the world of sports n folks will get another chance too to do it all over again once he finally retires.

  21. The media wants this drama to happen so badly and they are straining. But sorry folks, there is no drama. Just two teams preparing to play each other. The real story is that one of these teams has nothing to lose since no one expects them to win this anyhow, and one team will be embarrassed if they lose. In fact, thats what would be great food for the media if there is any sort of upset here.

  22. Brady is right. He had a great career with the Patriots but let’s not forget his last throw at Foxboro was a pick 6.

  23. “And I’d really like to go up there and get a win against a really good football team” Great? Please, if the Patriots are great, the Jets and Jags are average.

  24. Hit him early and often hes the enemy and should be treated as such! he can be honored when he retires same goes for Gronkowski.

  25. We will be cheering our heads off. If the Pats are going to have a down year or two atleast we have Brady Gronk and the Bucs to cheer for.

  26. Unless and until Brady disputes or disavows Guerrero’s words, it’s fair to assume that’s what Brady believes. Even if he’ll never, ever say it

    —————

    That’s fair, but I think it’s a little more nuanced than what Guerrero or Brady’s father said. Belichick wanted Brady to stay but he was rebuilding and he wasn’t going to change how he coached or managed the team for Brady. From Brady’s perspective they weren’t interested in giving the best QB ever the respect and input that he felt he deserved. They left Brady feeling like he was pushed out and Belichick feeling like they wanted to keep Brady but couldn’t match the opportunity he had in Tampa. Tie that together with Brady probably feeling there was no way for him to win immediately in NE and it makes sense that there was really no way for it to work out given the two personalities involved. At some point in every business relationship the student becomes the teacher. Happens with coaches all the time. It was just time to move on. My hope is that BB and Brady can become closer once Brady retires and that Brady stays close to the Patriots organization.

  27. They’ll be 3-0 and ‘give them all they can handle’ – the Pats are stacked best OL, TE’s, RB and Specidl teams! The dynasty continues……. Oh wait

  28. Belichick wanted Brady to stay

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    If Belichick had wanted Brady to stay, he wouldn’t have wanted to trade him to 49ers, or reached out to other teams after 2017 season.

    From what Belichick and McDaniel has done so far this season, it is clear that they still believe they have magic system that will work with better TE and WR.

    All signs point to that Belichick wanted to push Brady out so to prove that he was the engine behind dynasty. Guerrero case and putting a garbage contract in front of Brady were just ways to piss Brady off.

  29. I’m rooting for the Pats and as bad as Belichick wants to win this one, I don’t see how it happens, unless they get to Brady all day and that ain’t happening all day, maybe a few times but not enough to keep it close. Mac Jones isn’t ready for a shoot out even if he had the weapons. For all the hype this game will continue to get right up to kick off, it will be a GIANT letdown. Sad, but true.

  30. bradygirl12 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 11:35 am
    touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 11:02 am
    It’s only Tuesday and he’s already insufferable. A lot more
    people are out there calling in saying how
    annoyed they were with him and his antics than the media is portraying here.

    That said, he will get a standing O. The way he was acting at the end will be a stain on his time in NE.

    No Boston sports legend ended their career in such disgraceful fashion.

    ____________________________________________

    Brady SHOULD get a standing O. Most of us do realize that Belichick ran him out of here, and yes, his frustration showed at the end. That said, he gave us 20 years of greatness, including SIX championships. He spoiled us as fans, and we loved him for it. Still do. Brady is not a disgrace…he’s the GOAT.

    ——————

    BB is the GOAT as well. He is in charge, not the qb.

  31. Hit him early and often hes the enemy and should be treated as such! he can be honored when he retires same goes for Gronkowski.

    The problem is they don’t have anybody on defense to hit Brady. They won’t touch him all day. As far as Gronkowski goes, he gets no honor here. At least Brady technically played out his contract and got to free agency, Gronkowski just walked out and implied he was retiring. Only to hook up with Brady later. Bill Parcells did the same thing and was never honored here. Nor should either of them be in the future.

  32. BB is the GOAT as well. He is in charge, not the qb.

    ——————————-

    That is like to say that you select a restaurant because of the owner, not the chef.

  33. The problem is they don’t have anybody on defense to hit Brady. They won’t touch him all day. I think they can get some pressure and hits on him will tune in and find out.

  34. touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 1:15 pm
    bradygirl12 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 11:35 am
    touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 11:02 am
    It’s only Tuesday and he’s already insufferable. A lot more
    people are out there calling in saying how
    annoyed they were with him and his antics than the media is portraying here.

    That said, he will get a standing O. The way he was acting at the end will be a stain on his time in NE.

    No Boston sports legend ended their career in such disgraceful fashion.

    ____________________________________________

    Brady SHOULD get a standing O. Most of us do realize that Belichick ran him out of here, and yes, his frustration showed at the end. That said, he gave us 20 years of greatness, including SIX championships. He spoiled us as fans, and we loved him for it. Still do. Brady is not a disgrace…he’s the GOAT.

    ——————

    BB is the GOAT as well. He is in charge, not the qb.

    ———

    BB lost the team when he put his own ego above the team by refusing to play Malcom Butler. And his record without Brady his coaching abilities without Brady are beginning to look quite pedestrian. If the Pats fail to make the postseason again this year, I’d say the debate is over.

  35. bosoxpatsfanincali12 says:
    “Florio you are getting closer and closer to being one of those trashy gossip magazines where you cherry pick quotes to fit a narrative you want to set… Or worse, you straight up misrepresent something all together.”

    – – – – – – –

    Agreed completely. I noticed the trend too. Disappointing.

  36. It’s only Tuesday and he’s already insufferable.
    ——————

    We say that about you on Monday every single week.

  37. BB is 63-75 without Brady including this season. He is a great coach but the debate about who is more responsible for the Patriots past 20 years is OVER! It’s TB hands down!

  38. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Brady is right. He had a great career with the Patriots but let’s not forget his last throw at Foxboro was a pick 6.

    _______________________________________

    Let’s not forget that last throw was right on the numbers, but BB’s crappy trade of a second rounder for the washed up Sanu, who didn’t have enough brains to move back to Brady because he had zero separation, was the epitome of what Brady was up against all year. It was tipped and picked. Brady and BB have both said Brady left because the team was not talented enough for him to optimize his last years. That’s on BB. People need to stop making things up about the contract.

  39. BB is 63-75 without Brady including this season. He is a great coach but the debate about who is more responsible for the Patriots past 20 years is a no brainer. It’s TB hands down!

  40. BB lost the team when he put his own ego above the team by refusing to play Malcom Butler. And his record without Brady his coaching abilities without Brady are beginning to look quite pedestrian. If the Pats fail to make the postseason again this year, I’d say the debate is over.

    What took you so long to figure this out? A coaching guru like you never getting Tomlin the same time or respect. BB does not play a single snap but Brady does. Good players make a good coach and goats make a coach look great…..simple stuff Skippy.

  41. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 28, 2021 at 3:01 pm
    BB lost the team when he put his own ego above the team by refusing to play Malcom Butler. And his record without Brady his coaching abilities without Brady are beginning to look quite pedestrian. If the Pats fail to make the postseason again this year, I’d say the debate is over.

    What took you so long to figure this out? A coaching guru like you never getting Tomlin the same time or respect. BB does not play a single snap but Brady does. Good players make a good coach and goats make a coach look great…..simple stuff Skippy.

    ———-

    Please child….. did you just try to compare Mike Tomlin to BB? Really?

  42. Please child….. did you just try to compare Mike Tomlin to BB? Really?

    ————————————

    Imagine Brady had the weapon Mike Tomlin gave to Ben.

  43. So a guy who had 2 poor postseasson games, apparently had the flu, showed up on wednesday which is gameplan installation day, barely made it to pratice on time, then tells the coaches to F Off, somehow means Bb had an ego.

    Only in a world of low iq idiots does that make sense.

  44. mostrows says:
    September 28, 2021 at 2:53 pm
    BB is 63-75 without Brady including this season. He is a great coach but the debate about who is more responsible for the Patriots past 20 years is a no brainer. It’s TB hands down!

    ————

    Umm, BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady. Brady wasn’t made in a lab where BB randomly experimented with it and got lucky.

    He made Brady like he ehanced every single player’s career whether it be Mike Vrabel, Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman or anyone else.

    Just because Brady changed and turned into a drama queen, entiitled baby, doesn’t change history or facts.

  45. As a New Englander, I would be surprised if even a single person at the game boos Brady. The man brought us six championships, tied for the most in league history. Before Brady, we had 0. He deserves a heroes welcome.

  46. mostrows says:
    September 28, 2021 at 2:53 pm
    BB is 63-75 without Brady including this season. He is a great coach but the debate about who is more responsible for the Patriots past 20 years is a no brainer. It’s TB hands down!

    Excluding the pre-Brady years, he is 8-10 as HC of the Pats.

    Brady has never had a losing season in his career and has only missed the playoffs once.

  47. BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady

    ————————–

    ONLY after Cam Newton’s experiment did Belichick finally realize what is needed in (BRADY’s) system : read a little quicker, react a little quicker and throw a little quicker, meaning, the system overwhelmingly depends on QB’s intelligence.

    To claim Belichick developed Brady is like claiming that Albert Einstein’s teacher developed Albert Einstein.

  48. ….or…..Brady could disavow nothing and leave the media twisting in the wind eternally.
    Hoe owes you nothing.

    He also owes Patriot Nation nothing, he is a football deity in NE, forever and ever, amen

  49. realestateguy1983 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    As a New Englander, I would be surprised if even a single person at the game boos Brady. The man brought us six championships, tied for the most in league history. Before Brady, we had 0. He deserves a heroes welcome.

    —————-

    NO

    The TEAM did, especially the first 2/3. NEs Da and STs won 4/6 of em and TBs D and RBs won it for Brady last year as the D allowed 9 points.

    SB 53, NEs D allowed 3 points.

    There are other players besides one human on the field.

  50. touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 5:52 pm
    realestateguy1983 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    As a New Englander, I would be surprised if even a single person at the game boos Brady. The man brought us six championships, tied for the most in league history. Before Brady, we had 0. He deserves a heroes welcome.

    —————-

    NO

    The TEAM did, especially the first 2/3. NEs Da and STs won 4/6 of em and TBs D and RBs won it for Brady last year as the D allowed 9 points.

    SB 53, NEs D allowed 3 points.

    There are other players besides one human on the field.

    ————

    And here you have the only guy in NE who dislikes Tom Brady!!!

    Someone tell him that those Pats’ defenses lost all three SBs the Patriots failed to win

  51. touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 4:41 pm
    So a guy who had 2 poor postseasson games, apparently had the flu, showed up on wednesday which is gameplan installation day, barely made it to pratice on time, then tells the coaches to F Off, somehow means Bb had an ego.

    Only in a world of low iq idiots does that make sense.

    ——-

    With the way the Pats defense played in that game BB could have put you out there at CB and had a better chance of winning. Malcom Butler played more snaps at CB that year than anyone else in the team….so yeah,!BB should have set his enormous ego aside and put him in the game

  52. The GOAT had poop coming down his leg in the 2007 and 2011 sbs and continued to throw ints all over the place, which is why BB drafted Garoppolo.

    The Ds outperformed the LOADED Os in those SBs and then Brady got scared for his job.

    Thank you for every button you pushed and every string tugged, Bill Belichick.

  53. touchback6 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 6:57 pm
    The GOAT had poop coming down his leg in the 2007 and 2011 sbs and continued to throw ints all over the place, which is why BB drafted Garoppolo.

    The Ds outperformed the LOADED Os in those SBs and then Brady got scared for his job.

    Thank you for every button you pushed and every string tugged, Bill Belichick.

    ———

    Brady left both those games with the Pats up by 4. All BB’s defenses needed to do was keep Eli and his “high powered” offense out of the end zone. And his defenses collectively popped themselves .

  54. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm
    Brady is right. He had a great career with the Patriots but let’s not forget his last throw at Foxboro was a pick 6

    ——
    Takes the cake for dumb takes, and you e had countless ones.

    I know the Jets are horrible and you must be historically bored with them, but this act became ridiculous a long time ago.

  55. Brady’s gonna get a long standing ovation when he takes the field in pre-game, but once the game starts and he’s on offense he’s probably going to get jeered with more ferocity than any QB has experienced at Gillette. We got a lot of love for Tom and we wish him nothing but success, just not this Sunday.

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