Because the New England Patriots gear as much as play in opposition to Tom Brady for the primary time because the veteran quarterback left the group – after 20 years and 6 Tremendous Bowl wins – head coach Invoice Belichick addressed his departure on Monday, saying it was by no means “a query of not wanting him.”
Belichick informed WEEI radio on Monday that his curiosity in staying with Brady by no means faltered and his eventual signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got here right down to who the higher “choice” was.
“Yeah, properly I believe we’ve been by all of the dynamics of that,” he mentioned, through CBS Boston. “There have been a whole lot of issues there that … he checked out his choices and made his determination. We weren’t pretty much as good an choice as Tampa, so I imply, you’d must ask him about all of that.”
“It wasn’t a query of not wanting him. That’s for positive.”
Belichick spoke extremely of his relationship with Brady however mentioned their strategy to Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Bucs will probably be like each different sport.
“Tom and I had a, I really feel like a great relationship and a whole lot of manufacturing, clearly, whereas we have been collectively. And I loved teaching Tom, and he was an excellent participant for us,” he mentioned. “Sunday evening, we line up throughout from Tampa — not simply him, however the whole crew. They’re clearly a great crew. So it’s all about our crew competing in opposition to Tampa’s crew. It’s like it’s each week. However there’s guys on New Orleans — you recognize, Chris Hogan — there’s guys each week which have been on our crew, or guys on our crew which have been on the opposite crew. Definitely Tom is a particular participant, I’m not making an attempt to place him in the identical class as a man who was right here for a yr or one thing like that. However on the identical time, you’re competing in opposition to the crew you might be enjoying in opposition to, and that’s what you do.”
Belichick spoke to reporters on Monday after his interview and was once more requested about why the Patriots weren’t the higher choice again in 2020 however he declined to elaborate.
“I’m not going to return and rehash all of that. We’ve talked about all that. Our focus is on the sport right here. And look, I’ve a lot respect and appreciation for Tom and every little thing he did right here and for me and for our crew. We’re simply on the brink of compete in opposition to Tampa this week and we’re gonna maintain our give attention to that.”
Studies on the time indicated that the Patriots and Brady couldn’t agree on a long-term deal. Brady initially signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Buccaneers in March 2020 and after profitable his seventh Tremendous Bowl ring he agreed to a cap-friendly four-year contract extension that can maintain him enjoying by the 2022 season.