Bill Belichick on Tom Brady/Dolphins tampering: Just focused on training camp

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The NFL stripped the Dolphins of a pair of draft picks and issued other penalties to team owner Stephen Ross on Tuesday for tampering violations involving Tom Brady and Sean Payton in recent years.

Miami’s communications with Brady began when he was a member of the Patriots in 2019 and continued through his 2020 departure from the team as a free agent. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called the violations “unprecedented” in their scope and severity, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stayed true to form when he was asked for his own comment on the developments.

“I’m focused on training camp. That’s all in the past,” Belichick said, via multiple reporters.

It would have been surprising if Belichick had offered anything more about what the Patriots knew in 2019 or how he might have felt about Brady talking to another team in the division about jumping ship while still under contract in New England, so any louder reaction will have to come from others who might have feelings about what went down in Miami.

45 responses to “Bill Belichick on Tom Brady/Dolphins tampering: Just focused on training camp

  1. He is busy, he has to learn the playbook to avoid looking like a complete idiot.

  2. Brady and Gronk walked because I’d BB’s antics in the SB when he refused to put Malcom Butler in the game. After years of preaching “team first”, BB’s true colors were exposed

  3. I do think it’s hilarious that Belichick played a role in weakening his divisional opponent. Whether it was deliberate others can debate, but if it was, it might go down as one of his greatest “gangster” moves ever!

  4. Real Patriots fans should be livid at hearing Tommy was in serious negotiations with a division rival team BEFORE his season started. He was terrible that year and lololol at the fan club for even thinking those 12 wins had anything to do with him. Certainly puts Tommy’s dreadful 2019 season in a new light. Makes me wonder if it was on purpose. Do we know for sure it wasn’t?

    This was no different than what Tuna did in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 31. Almost identical. Equally despicable.

  5. Now ask him about punters or the wedge formation. He’ll talk for 20 minutes.

  6. There’s a difference between tampering when a player or coach is still under contract but has no more games to play under that contract (it’s mainly an issue of running out the clock on the remainder of a contract), and when a player or coach is under contract but still has games to play. With the former, you’re tampering with the player, and with the team to a smaller extent. With the latter, you’re tampering with the player and with the team to a large extent, and there’s no way to gauge the effect the tampering had on the tampered player’s current team.

  7. Some of us knew something was up in 2019, we just didn’t know the details. Now, we do. Tom Brady selfishly entertained the idea of negotiating a contract during the 2019 season, and let his teammates down.

    I would imagine Don Yee has now destroyed his relationship with BB by even taking Miami’s phone call and having the conversation, relaying it to NE. Yee should be fined heavily for being the conduit.

    NE was 8-0, with the #1 D in the league, #1 STs group, a top flight OL and RBs, and at one point the team was 12-3, and when Brady’s leverage being used didn’t give one last gasp of efforts for a new deal, Brady checked out completely (not that he wasn’t already).

    You’d think an older QB would LOVE everything I just described above. Sure, the WRs and TEs weren’t great or even good for that matter, but if Brady is the GOAT, wouldn’t the GOAT at least be good? Why was he bad? Now we know.

    So, all of these other players get scapegoated because of his own selfish antics.

    It made no sense to lose to Miami at home, which is ironic, or dribble out 14 points at home vs Tenn where they had a lead the entire game, never to score again as the 2nd half went onb, with Brady visibly not caring in the last 2 games he ever played as a Patriot.

    That half disappearing act would be a pattern by Brady in games NE blew where they magically had ZERO offensive output in a half. It happened a lot fromm 2007-2012 in the postseason, for example. Why? Selfishness.

    I was wrong. I thought Brady would go out with his hair on fire in 2019 and go down guns a-blazin’, and he ended up being the worst player on the team based on his ceiling. That’s just the truth. Think about that. Tom Brady was the worst player on the 2019 Pats team based on what his ceiling was.

    One last comment: It has become VERY clear that there has been collusion and possibly a directive from Goodell himself to do whatever possible to harm the Patriots organization through the years, as a way to weaken them.

    If Brian Flores didn’t know about this tampering and go public, we’d never have known.

    Think about that.

    I would even go one further than that and ask why the media didn’t know about all of this if some of the fans had suspicions of all of this information, even if not knowing specific details.

    There is not one other sports league in the world that deals with this kind of crap every offseason like the NFL does and that’s on Goodell.

  8. He’s focused on how to lose by 20 instead of 30 against Buffalo. Absolutely dominated.

  9. I understand punishing the team, but what is done to deter players from perpetuating it? If it can be shown that the player initiates and/or perpetuates it, then the player should also be penalized.

  10. I actually believe him. New England has a ton of work ahead trying to compete with a division that’s rising around them.

  11. We’re on to Cincinnati…

    (one of the great quotes of all time. Can be used in almost any situation – except actually traveling to Cincinnati!)

  12. It’d disappointing to hear that Tom may have been having discussions through his agent Don Yee about joining another team while under contract with the Patriots, if not having outright direct conversations with Ross himself, all while taking snaps under center for the Patriots DURING a competitive season. I wish that game against Tampa was this season, not Mac’s rookie season with all the other new players. I’ve moved on from Tom at this stage. I don’t care for Tampa Tom – Pro Football Diva. I liked Patriot Tom – Inspirational Team First Leader much better, even if we now know he was a traitor in his final days in NE. Say it ain’t so Tom….

  13. Bill will show his feelings September 11, 2022. Week 1 in Miami.

    Expect scorched earth. Tua defrocked. Tyreek missing Patty. Fish squished.

  14. touchback6 says:
    August 3, 2022 at 10:12 am

    There is not one other sports league in the world that deals with this kind of crap every offseason like the NFL does and that’s on Goodell.

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    Uh, have you followed the NBA the last 12 years or so since “The Decision”? Players hang out and recruit each other all the time. And Miami knew it was violating league rules and did it anyway. And it ended up helping the Pats immensely in the end. Not on Brady at all.

    And 2019 Pats offense went down the tubes once Edelman started getting banged up as he was there only real passing weapon. And the defense completely packed it in by the end of the year, especially in that crucial Miami game where after a late go ahead drive they let the Fitzpatrick dice them up for a TD with 0:24 left.

  15. touchback6 – normally I think you’re a little “out there” but your post above is thought-provoking. If what you say is near the truth, and knowing what a competitor TB is, how badly must the relationship between the Patriots and TB have soured for him to just mail it in at the end of the 2019 season?
    It takes great integrity to give 100% effort with your current employer when you know you’ll be going somewhere else in the near future. I would have thought that TB had that integrity but clearly this became highly personal and no longer just business.

  16. “It’s all in the past”. It’s why we love belichick. The real life version of clint Eastwood , Gary Cooper, Lee Marvin and Columbo.

  17. I doubt Belichick didn’t know that Brady was shopping himself out to different teams same with the Bucs. Tampering is rampant throughout the NFL Jeremy Maclin tampered with the Chiefs in 2016 and was not penalized for it like Andy Reid and the Chiefs front office were. It should be legal if the player’s contract is in question as Brady’s was in 2019 and 2021. The outrage over this is pathetic it should be directed at Deshaun Watson and the NFL right now. Because apparently tampering or gambling is more important than sexual assault.

  18. nhpats2011 says:
    August 3, 2022 at 9:41 am
    Brady and Gronk walked because I’d BB’s antics in the SB when he refused to put Malcom Butler in the game. After years of preaching “team first”, BB’s true colors were exposed

    ———–

    Then it doesn’t make sense that they stayed and won the Super Bowl the next year.

    I think they wanted to live in Florida and have teammates around them that gave them a chance to win the Super Bowl.

    BB had cap issues and Brady said himself that Belichick was changing the team to be less QB focused. Brady didn’t want that. He thought (rightly) he still could be the centerpiece of a dynamic passing offense that could win.

    I do think the Butler thing had some impact. Brady really wanted to win that Super Bowl and BB and the defense let them down for sure, but I think it was a pretty minor part. I am sure it was much more about Brady having the team and the offense he felt would give them the best chance to win.

  19. “… that crucial Miami game where after a late go ahead drive they let the Fitzpatrick dice them up for a TD with 0:24 left.”

    As long as we’re revisiting that unfortunate game we would be remiss to not mention that new NE Patriot receiver had 8 for 137 in that game, albeit for the bad guys.

  20. thaswussup says:
    August 3, 2022 at 10:40 am
    It’d disappointing to hear that Tom may have been having discussions through his agent Don Yee about joining another team while under contract with the Patriots, if not having outright direct conversations with Ross himself, all while taking snaps under center for the Patriots DURING a competitive season. I wish that game against Tampa was this season, not Mac’s rookie season with all the other new players. I’ve moved on from Tom at this stage. I don’t care for Tampa Tom – Pro Football Diva. I liked Patriot Tom – Inspirational Team First Leader much better, even if we now know he was a traitor in his final days in NE. Say it ain’t so Tom….

    —————-

    Of course he was. It is extremely naive to think most players aren’t trying to figure out their next move at all times. Given there is no punishment for players and coaches respond/meet with other teams, I am sure they will pursue every possible opportunity to learn what their market value is and what their next step may be.

    That has nothing to do with how hard they are playing.

    Ultimately they are still employees and they are only doing what any smart employee would do.

  21. touchback6 says:
    August 3, 2022 at 10:12 am
    Some of us knew something was up in 2019, we just didn’t know the details. Now, we do. Tom Brady selfishly entertained the idea of negotiating a contract during the 2019 season, and let his teammates down.

    I would imagine Don Yee has now destroyed his relationship with BB by even taking Miami’s phone call and having the conversation, relaying it to NE. Yee should be fined heavily for being the conduit.

    NE was 8-0, with the #1 D in the league, #1 STs group, a top flight OL and RBs, and at one point the team was 12-3, and when Brady’s leverage being used didn’t give one last gasp of efforts for a new deal, Brady checked out completely (not that he wasn’t already).

    You’d think an older QB would LOVE everything I just described above. Sure, the WRs and TEs weren’t great or even good for that matter, but if Brady is the GOAT, wouldn’t the GOAT at least be good? Why was he bad? Now we know.

    So, all of these other players get scapegoated because of his own selfish antics.

    It made no sense to lose to Miami at home, which is ironic, or dribble out 14 points at home vs Tenn where they had a lead the entire game, never to score again as the 2nd half went onb, with Brady visibly not caring in the last 2 games he ever played as a Patriot.

    That half disappearing act would be a pattern by Brady in games NE blew where they magically had ZERO offensive output in a half. It happened a lot fromm 2007-2012 in the postseason, for example. Why? Selfishness.

    I was wrong. I thought Brady would go out with his hair on fire in 2019 and go down guns a-blazin’, and he ended up being the worst player on the team based on his ceiling. That’s just the truth. Think about that. Tom Brady was the worst player on the 2019 Pats team based on what his ceiling was.

    One last comment: It has become VERY clear that there has been collusion and possibly a directive from Goodell himself to do whatever possible to harm the Patriots organization through the years, as a way to weaken them.

    If Brian Flores didn’t know about this tampering and go public, we’d never have known.

    Think about that.

    I would even go one further than that and ask why the media didn’t know about all of this if some of the fans had suspicions of all of this information, even if not knowing specific details.

    There is not one other sports league in the world that deals with this kind of crap every offseason like the NFL does and that’s on Goodell.

    ————

    That’s all complete nonsense. Brady played his heart out in 2019 and ended up without any offensive parts that could help. BB tried with AB and Gordon, but it didn’t work out. Then the defense let the team down in losing to Miami. Parker torched Gilmore and the Patriots lost their bye. I couldn’t care less about what Brady was doing off the field. It was already clear he had asked Kraft at the start of the year to let him explore and he was doing just that. No surprises there. If Ross was tampering, too bad for him, but I don’t think Brady did anything unexpected.

  22. GoodellMustGo says:
    August 3, 2022 at 9:44 am
    Real Patriots fans should be livid at hearing Tommy was in serious negotiations with a division rival team BEFORE his season started. He was terrible that year and lololol at the fan club for even thinking those 12 wins had anything to do with him. Certainly puts Tommy’s dreadful 2019 season in a new light. Makes me wonder if it was on purpose. Do we know for sure it wasn’t?

    This was no different than what Tuna did in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 31. Almost identical. Equally despicable.

    ———–

    It has exactly 0 to do with what the Tuna did. Kraft knew Brady would be exploring his options from the start of the season. Nothing to see here.

    By midway through the season Brady had a hurt Edelman, and that was it. Throwing 24 TDs and 8 picks was a miracle with that team. Brady had everything to do with winning 12 games and the defense, who started the season great, ended up costing the team the bye against Miami in a complete collapse. That wasn’t on Tommy.

  23. Belichick is not there to be Tom Brady’s friend. Belichick drafted him, coached him, mentored him and molded him into what he is today. Brady’s biggest asset is his competitiveness and will to win. Hi motivation comes from being drafted 198, and that will always drive him. He wanted to move on because he thought he was special and became something bigger than the team. And in the BB system and philosophy, “NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE TEAM”… He’s right and its precisely why Brady moved on. Couldn’t take the hard coaching, criticism, and being treated as just another player. Yes, contract has something to do with it, but that’s not BB’s area. Robert Kraft handled Brady’s contract exclusively, people forget that.

    There was no deal to be made. Brady wanted out and they gave him his wish. Yes, he won a Super Bowl in Tampa, but with the team he had, Trent Dilfer could have won again…. But, he also learned what a clown Bruce Arians is/was and how poorly organizations can be run outside of N.E., or other top tier franchises.

    I love what he did here in N.E. when he was here and he’ll be immortalized for sure and rightfully so. But, don’t keep pointing the finger at the Pats for letting him go. He’s just like anyone else who wanted more. He was never going to sign here and obviously made his mind up in 2019… As long as he’s in another uniform, then I’ll never route for him and yes, I would love to see him get squashed at 45.

  24. It has exactly 0 to do with what the Tuna did. Kraft knew Brady would be exploring his options from the start of the season. Nothing to see here.

    —-
    Oh but it is exactly what Tuna did. Parcells quit on the Patriots in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl playing footsie with a division rival. He did a horrible job coaching in that Super Bowl game.

    Based on this report Tommy literally quit on the Patriots before the season started and it showed. He had the worst season of his Patriots career including coincidentally or not a dreadful game against the very team Tommy was talking to and a miserable showing in the playoffs.

    FA is the time to explore your options and negotiate with another team. Not in the summer before your contract’s final season with your current team.

    Why are we ripping Parcells for pulling off that stunt but giving Tommy a pass?

  25. watchoutnfl says:
    August 3, 2022 at 10:50 am
    touchback6 – normally I think you’re a little “out there” but your post above is thought-provoking. If what you say is near the truth, and knowing what a competitor TB is, how badly must the relationship between the Patriots and TB have soured for him to just mail it in at the end of the 2019 season?
    It takes great integrity to give 100% effort with your current employer when you know you’ll be going somewhere else in the near future. I would have thought that TB had that integrity but clearly this became highly personal and no longer just business.

    93Rate This

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    Like I said, some of us know people within the organization.

    This crybaby Brady stuff started when BB drafted JimmyG in the 2nd rd in 2014. Everything after was a Brady-induced victim
    mentality game. BB was brilliant in forming the 2nd dynasty.

    I did not know he was working with JimmyG daily, though. I found that nugget out on 10.31.17 after watching the Pats beat the chargers from the nosebleeds.

  26. yeahbut says:
    August 3, 2022 at 10:42 am
    Bill will show his feelings September 11, 2022. Week 1 in Miami.

    Expect scorched earth. Tua defrocked. Tyreek missing Patty. Fish squished.

    _________________________________________

    I hope that you’re right, but historically, the Patriots don’t usually do well in Miami.

  27. It was fitting Brady finished his Patriots career with a pick 6 to Logan Ryan. What a humiliating way to exit.

  28. Oh but it is exactly what Tuna did. Parcells quit on the Patriots in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl playing footsie with a division rival. He did a horrible job coaching in that Super Bowl game.
    ==========

    Not so sure about that.

    They had the Packers on the ropes. If they hadn’t kicked to Desmond Howard, they may very well have won.

  29. GoodellMustGo says:
    August 3, 2022 at 11:38 am
    It has exactly 0 to do with what the Tuna did. Kraft knew Brady would be exploring his options from the start of the season. Nothing to see here.

    —-
    Oh but it is exactly what Tuna did. Parcells quit on the Patriots in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl playing footsie with a division rival. He did a horrible job coaching in that Super Bowl game.

    Based on this report Tommy literally quit on the Patriots before the season started and it showed. He had the worst season of his Patriots career including coincidentally or not a dreadful game against the very team Tommy was talking to and a miserable showing in the playoffs.

    FA is the time to explore your options and negotiate with another team. Not in the summer before your contract’s final season with your current team.

    Why are we ripping Parcells for pulling off that stunt but giving Tommy a pass?
    ======================

    Defense blew that Miami game. Brady offense took the lead at 3:53 left in 4th with a hobbled Edelman no where to be found , and the supposed great Pats defense folded like a cheap suit to Fitzmagic giving up a TD with :24 left. Fitzmagic hung 320passing yards

  30. Brady had everything to do with winning 12 games
    —-
    Lol. With the 18th ranked passer rating in the league? Lol.

    Fun fact:
    Tommy from weeks 4-17 in 2019: 82 rating
    Cam Newton from weeks 4-17 in 2020: 81 rating

    That’s the guy we’re supposed to think singlehandedly won 12 games for the 2019 Patriots huh? Lol. Lol. Lolol.

    And now we know why Tommy was so bad.

  31. Tom checked out that year, and everyone who watched New England for any amount of prior years could plainly see that he had checked out. His body language during, and after, games was evidence that he just didn’t care one way or the other, and it all had to do with Bill REFUSING to keep that clown A.B on the roster. Tom got mad and acted like a spoiled little child, and then he said OK well I’ll simply go through the motions here, and you can deal with it. It all makes sense now…. Terrible

  32. I actually believe Brady, Kraft, and Belichick had agreed on letting Tom explore his options. The Patriots were in a mess cap wise. Dead money coming out every orifice. Tom was 42, and wanted another championship. It wasn’t happening in New England in 2020. If Brady stayed, they would be a bad team with a great QB. It was time to move on for everyone.
    I think it will be good for everyone. Tom got his championship. Patriots are climbing the ladder to be a contender again.

  33. lgw91s says:
    August 3, 2022 at 12:46 pm
    I actually believe Brady, Kraft, and Belichick had agreed on letting Tom explore his options.
    —-
    I highly doubt Kraft would be ok with Brady negotiating with a division rival the summer before his final season with the Patriots. That’s not exploring your options that’s underhanded and sneaky. Par for the course for the guy who smashed his cell phone.

  34. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    August 3, 2022 at 12:02 pm
    Oh but it is exactly what Tuna did. Parcells quit on the Patriots in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl playing footsie with a division rival. He did a horrible job coaching in that Super Bowl game.
    ==========

    Not so sure about that.

    They had the Packers on the ropes. If they hadn’t kicked to Desmond Howard, they may very well have won.

    —-
    Exactly. Kicking to Howard was inexcusable – that’s on the coach. So is creating a OL mismatch for Reggie White to run wild on Bledsoe. Curtis Martin was finding running room and letting the Patriots back in the game and Parcells for some weird reason made Bledsoe throw all 4th quarter even with that mismatch. He did a terrible job coaching and curiously so.

  35. Ross is an idiot for pursuing Brady …. Brady is the most overrated athlete of all time in any sport.

  36. I wonder what Robert Kraft thinks of this. I think he and Ross are friends….? They are two of 43 Billionaires living on an island at Palm Beach. Some friend.

  37. GoodellMustGo says:
    August 3, 2022 at 12:54 pm
    The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    August 3, 2022 at 12:02 pm
    Oh but it is exactly what Tuna did. Parcells quit on the Patriots in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl playing footsie with a division rival. He did a horrible job coaching in that Super Bowl game.
    ==========

    Not so sure about that.

    They had the Packers on the ropes. If they hadn’t kicked to Desmond Howard, they may very well have won.

    —-
    Exactly. Kicking to Howard was inexcusable – that’s on the coach. So is creating a OL mismatch for Reggie White to run wild on Bledsoe. Curtis Martin was finding running room and letting the Patriots back in the game and Parcells for some weird reason made Bledsoe throw all 4th quarter even with that mismatch. He did a terrible job coaching and curiously so.

    ==========

    Weird to know that game so well and not know the late 2019 Dolphins game at all where the Pats defense blew it, not Brady.

  38. Exactly. Kicking to Howard was inexcusable – that’s on the coach. So is creating a OL mismatch for Reggie White to run wild on Bledsoe. Curtis Martin was finding running room and letting the Patriots back in the game and Parcells for some weird reason made Bledsoe throw all 4th quarter even with that mismatch. He did a terrible job coaching and curiously so.
    ==========

    That was the only kick return TD of Howards career. Maybe they trusted that coverage unit.

    They did a pretty good job on Reggie, until Fritz Shurmur turned them loose with a 2-td lead.

    What choice do you have but to throw when down 14 in the Super Bowl?

    That was a great, underrated Packer team. The last team to have the #1 offense, and #1 defense to win the Super Bowl, I believe.

    3 big plays decided the game. I can’t look at that as a terrible coaching job.

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