Tom Brady: Everything about Patriots exit was handled perfectly

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Sunday night’s game between the Buccaneers and the Patriots has led to renewed focus on the relationship between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick during their time together in New England.

The end of that time has been of particular interest after Seth Wickersham of ESPN reported in a new book about the Patriots that Belichick insisted that his farewell conversation with Brady take place on the phone rather than in person. During his Wednesday press conference, Belichick was asked if he preferred to speak to Brady over the phone and said that was “not true” without offering other details.

Brady’s turn to weigh in on the conversation came on Thursday and he didn’t air any bad feelings about how things played out last year.

“All those things are super personal,” Brady said. “We had a great relationship. I think everything was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as we could. It was an amazing time and it was handled perfectly. I think everyone understood where we were at, the people involved in the situation, and things worked out for the best for all of us.”

It’s worked out better for Brady than anyone in New England to this point, but Sunday night offers the Patriots a chance for some good feelings of their own.

26 responses to “Tom Brady: Everything about Patriots exit was handled perfectly

  1. Everybody wants to start something. It’s easy, he wanted to leave and they let him. Nobody has to be the bad guy. Everyone keeps looking for the drama but it’s not there.

  2. “We handled everything as gracefully as we could.” That basically says that as much as we could we handled it gracefully. Not exactly “It was very emotional for us to part ways”

  3. I guess the media is always looking for interesting storylines, but to me the Brady/Patriots issue has really been overblown. Seems like Brady simply had been in the same job for (by NFL standards especially) an extremely long time and having played out his most recent contract, simply wanted to experience something new. The Pats probably felt like it was in the team’s best long-term interest to find and begin grooming a new quarterback, knowing that it was going to be a prospect that would take some time.

  4. Be glad when all this nonsense is over.

    The Bucs are going to give my beloved Pats a woodshed beating Sunday for sure, I accept that. But once it’s done can people give it a rest with this recurring rhetoric.

    I was a Pats fan long before Brady turned up and I’ll be one long after Brady has hung up his cleats for the last time, if I’m still alive then.

    I don’t care about which one of BB or TB was better than the other, I am just grateful to have witnessed both of them at the peak of their powers that gave me 20 years that no other fan of any sporting franchise is ever likely to enjoy in my lifetime.

  5. Neither party is going to say anything bad about the other. What’s done is done. Just play the game on Sunday night, spend a week or more talking about it, and then get back to the rest of the league.

  6. I don’t care if the breakup went swimmingly or not. Brady and Belichick appear at peace with the situation and are handling everything like the professionals they are. I’m just looking forward to the game.

  7. So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub .500 pre-Brady and is now sub .500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl! BB should give his pathetic boat with the ring count on the back to the guy who actually EARNED those rings in SPITE of working with a LOSING head coach….uh, that would be BRADY and the 2 rings the Tuna won that he’s taking credit for – what a joke!

  8. Chill_Mickelson says:
    September 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub .500 pre-Brady and is now sub .500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl! BB should give his pathetic boat with the ring count on the back to the guy who actually EARNED those rings in SPITE of working with a LOSING head coach….uh, that would be BRADY and the 2 rings the Tuna won that he’s taking credit for – what a joke!

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    If a flabby 6th rd pick “was the systen” even though it’s the Erhardt/Perkins system, why did they protect him early in his career with defenses and Special Teams units that were elite?

    Why did Bledsoe put them in the first sb?

    Why did Brady choke in the 2007 and 2011 postseasons so badly? Was “the system” in the auto body shop during those times? Just curious because BB drafted his possible replacement in 2014.

    How dumb is it that people think Tom Brady came into the NFL telling BB what’s up about the sport? Just hilariously stupid.

    Morrifying child-like ways of thinking. An adult actually believes this? Just embarrassing.

  9. Good job by BB and TB. Dirt sells but that doesn’t mean you have to play along. Classy and professional.

  10. Best decision Belichick ever made was to fire Drew Bledsoe and elevate Tom Brady. At the time it was done, I thought to myself that Belichick must know something the rest of us Monday QBs don’t to make this “crazy” decision. I was wrong, and BB was right.

  11. Lots of people seem to really hope there is gonna be some animosity with this match up but I just don’t see either party or fans showing much of it. This is no where near Favres return to Green Bay with the Vikes.

  12. Chill_Mickelson says:
    September 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub .500 pre-Brady and is now sub .500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl!

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    How silly. What do you think would have happened if Brady had gone to the Texans, or Bears, or Jaguars, or Jets instead of the Bucs? He wouldn’t have come within a mile of the Super Bowl.

    The Pats took a dramatic downgrade at QB, but Brady went to the best possible team in the league for what he wanted to do, with a stacked roster made for the express purpose of short-term winning.

    The only way it’s not an apples & oranges comparison would be if, say, the Pats had gotten Aaron Rodgers to replace Brady. Even then, the Pats are more stable-over-time than win-right-now in their approach to roster. So any short-term comparison is silly.

    Brady & Belichick needed each other to win 6 Super Bowls, period, end of story.

  13. I love Tom Brady. He doesn’t create drama for the sake of drama. I believe him here, and undoubtedly it’s a lot easier for him to take the high road after his team got red hot at exactly the right time last season and smoked the Chief in the SB. I don’t know how a QB fires up a defense, but he did what he could and they delivered.

  14. Brady is a real pro. A true professional. If you want to know what I’m talking about, just watch him. Follow him. Listen to him. Record him. I can’t think of a pro athlete who’s done everything right the way Brady has. I mean, I can go back 50 years and name a few, but only a handful.

  15. bradygirl12 says:
    September 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm
    Neither party is going to say anything bad about the other. What’s done is done. Just play the game on Sunday night, spend a week or more talking about it, and then get back to the rest of the league.
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    Don’t agree with pats fans much but you are exactly right. Spot on.

  16. For everyone trying to denigrate Belichick and separate him from Brady and the Patriots’ success over the last 2 decades…

    How many Superbowls/championships did Lombardi win without Starr?
    How many Superbowls did Noll win without Bradshaw?
    How many Superbowls did Landry win without Staubach?
    How many Superbowls did Walsh win without Montana?

  17. How silly. What do you think would have happened if Brady had gone to the Texans, or Bears, or Jaguars, or Jets instead of the Bucs? He wouldn’t have come within a mile of the Super Bowl.

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    How about if he had somehow remained with the Pats? Still wouldn’t have won a super bowl, anyone who watched them in 2019 knows that. He landed in the perfect place with the Bucs

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