Patriots assistant Ivan Fears: Tom Brady is the greatest, but right now he’s the enemy

(052616 Foxboro, MA) Tom Brady fist bumps Ivan Fears after a drill during the New England Patriots  hold OTA on the practice field at Gillette Stadium on Thursday,May 26, 2016. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane
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Patriots assistant coach Ivan Fears has been in New England even longer than Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Fears was already on the coaching staff even before Belichick was hired, Belichick kept him around, and he’s had his current position of running backs coach since 2002. And Fears has some thoughts about facing Brady this week.

Fears gave Brady plenty of credit for all he accomplished with the Patriots, but Fears said that this week, with Brady and the Buccaneers coming to town, the Patriots have to view him as the enemy.

“I love Tom Brady. I always have. I spent 20 years with the young guy. I am very honored to have been a part of the team with him. I still think he’s the greatest. But right now, that SOB is the enemy. However you put it, he’s coming in, he’s the enemy. I still love him, I think he’s a great person, but we’re not going to be sharing any love when it comes to game time. We’ll share that love afterwards, when it’s all said and done,” Fears said. “I think he’s a great person, hell of a leader. I miss him as a person. Right now I’m happy for him, for the success he’s had. And I’m looking forward to trying to beat his butt. That’s what counts. That’s all that matters right now. We’re going after each other.”

That may be the sentiment of tens of thousands of Patriots fans inside Gillette Stadium when the Buccaneers-Patriots game kicks off on Sunday night.

20 responses to “Patriots assistant Ivan Fears: Tom Brady is the greatest, but right now he’s the enemy

  1. Statistically, NE has a better defense in all categories except rushing yards, plus the NE defense has extra motivation (at least a few remaining players) to prove that all the past NE success wasn’t just because of Brady.

  2. Most sports fans in New England remember Ray Bourque. He played for the Bruins for 21 years, never won a championship. Finally he requested a trade, went to the Colorado Avalanche, and won the Stanley Cup. When he returned to Boston, he was greeted like the prodigal son, and was given a very warm welcome.

    The same will happen with Brady. No one in New England will forget what he’s done for the Patriots.

  3. fears is always good for some rockin quotes. the media needs a mic in his face more often than wild bill.. sniff sniff, grunt grunt

  4. “locutus says:
    September 29, 2021 at 8:40 am
    Most sports fans in New England remember Ray Bourque. He played for the Bruins for 21 years, never won a championship. Finally he requested a trade, went to the Colorado Avalanche, and won the Stanley Cup. When he returned to Boston, he was greeted like the prodigal son, and was given a very warm welcome.

    The same will happen with Brady. No one in New England will forget what he’s done for the Patriots.”

    The circumstances around Ray leaving and Brady leaving are TOTALLY different, you can not compare the two situations for MANY reasons. That being said, I expect a VERY warm reception for TB when he takes the field Sunday night and again when he leaves the field. I know I will be there and will be clapping very loudly to welcome him back, During the game, not so much

  5. Sure, they’ll cheer. Its a game, not a war.
    Of course, they’ll cheer pretty loud for each sack and interception, too! 🙂

  6. If Belichick wasn’t such a tool he’d still be wearing their jersey. Instead they’re going to be 1-3 after Brady dissects them like a frog in a biology class. Don’t be surprised if they don’t hang half a hundred on the home team. I think TB will enjoy sticking it to BB.

  7. Brady and Gronk want to punish BB for squandering a record offensive performance in the SB against the Eagles. They looked on in disgust as BB’s defense watched some guy named Nick Foles light them up like a xmas tree….all the while BB refusing to put his most prolific CB into the game

  8. nite2al says:
    September 29, 2021 at 11:14 am
    Goat does not mean best ever. That title belongs to Peyton Manning.

    🤪🤮 Maybe in Bizzaro World!

  9. Everyone talking about Brady this, BB that. We get it, let’s all be real here:

    Brady will get a respectful ovation as he should, and I would bet that he hopes. I am also pretty certain while Brady and BB have a strong desire to win the game, this isn’t a personal vendetta for either, it’s about getting better in the standings and trying to win another Super Bowl.

    What I really want to see is how Mac does, and I hope he does well as there has been pretty much no pressure on him with going against Brady from the media, and I am sure BB is welcoming all the pressure being put on him and not on his rookie QB.

    Go prove yourself Mac, Pats fans are pulling for ya.

  10. Wow, Ivan Fears wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for Brady? Now that there’s funny and totally clueless.
    The way some people talk about Brady, ya’d think he built the stadium too. Lol
    Good grief SO TIRED of the either or sheep dip.
    It takes TWO to make a thing go right!
    Quite sure Bucs will win this one, but I’m with Fears, hope the defense gets some really solid hits on Brady during the game, the ones where you can obviously tell they were painful. After the game they can shake hands. Too bad all we can’t bring back all the defensive players that helped Tom get those rings over the last 20 years, the Pats will need them.
    I’m just hoping for a game, sadly I don’t think it will be, Bucs right now are towards the top of the league, NE is still trying to find it’s identity.

  11. The Patriots defense will pound Brady. I wouldn’t be shocked if he announces retirement soon after.

  12. If any of the coaches said the opposite they would need to be fired. It’s going to be rough watching Brady and Gronk dismantle the Pats. Especially at home. There is no chance a rookie QB led team wins this game.

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