Bill Belichick and Tom Brady come together in midfield and hug after the Buccaneers’ win over the Patriots on Sunday night. Belichick also made a special visit to the Buccaneers locker room to speak with his former quarterback after the 19-17 Bucs win.
Brady did not reveal details of the meeting, which lasted about 20 minutes in a quiet space in the visitor’s room, telling the media it was “personal” and that he preferred to keep the conversation private. However, the former Patriots quarterback says he found that much of what has been made of their relationship isn’t quite accurate.
“We’ve had a personal relationship, you know, for over 20 years. They drafted me here. We’ve had a lot of personal conversations that should remain that way and are very private,” he said. I would say a lot is made of our relationship. You know, as I said earlier this week, from a player’s point of view you just expect that the coach will give you everything that he’s got, and I’m sure that as a player he’ll give me That’s what was hoping.
“But nothing is really accurate that I’ve ever seen,” Brady said. “It’s all kind of — definitely doesn’t come from my personal feelings or beliefs. I had a lot of respect for him as a coach and obviously have a lot of respect for this organization and all the different people here who try to make it a success.”
Was Brady referring to the released excerpts for Seth Wickersham’s upcoming book, “It’s Better to Be Fear”, where the Belichick-Brady relationship was portrayed as fraying toward the end? It’s hard to tell.
In the book, Wickersham wrote that before Brady left, the quarterback wanted to say goodbye to Belichick in person, but the Patriots head coach said he was not available and insisted they talk on the phone.
And when Belichick told Brady that he was “the best player the league had ever seen,” according to the book, Brady told a friend that it came to the phone “it was telling how much the two’s relationship had over the years.” was badly damaged.”
Brady was not asked if he was referring to the book. Or perhaps, it was a comment made by his father, Tom Sr., who suggested that his son felt retribution because Belichick no longer wanted Brady. Or his trainer Alex Guerrero, who suggested to Harald Belichick that Brady didn’t develop as he grew up.
Whatever the case, Brady said he wasn’t surprised by Belichick’s post-game visit, noting that it was inspired by a Patriots coach. When he spoke on the field, “We just said we’d hold out for a while after the game.”
That, he did.