We may never know for sure what led to the breakup between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It could have been money, personnel, a desire to prove that one could live without the other, all of those or none of those.
But Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., believes that whatever it was, it isn’t bad blood between his son and head coach Bill Belichick. In an interview with Dell and Sonya Curry for the Raising Fame: Sports Edition podcast, the elder Brady revealed that his son hasn’t had a bad thing to say about his now-former coach.
Brady Sr. explained that he understands that keeping the Patriots successful is more important to Belichick than keeping his son happy. He also noted that his son has always praised Belichick, and considers him the best coach in football.
Ultimately, Brady Sr. respects the decision that both sides made.
“Bill’s got a lot of responsibilities to keep the Patriots on track and that is a bigger responsibility than keeping Tommy under the hood,” Brady Sr. said. “So, both of them are mature individuals and I really respect Bill’s decision and respect Tommy’s decision as well. It’s okay to take different paths. You don’t have to stay joined at the hip.”
“I mean, I can’t tell you the hundreds of times that Tommy has said Bill is the best coach in football… Tommy sings Bill’s praises.”
There have certainly been uglier divorces between a star quarterback and his head coach in NFL history.
Brady is now a Buccaneer and armed with some of the best weapons in the league. He’ll have his chance to prove that he doesn’t need Belichick to be an all-time great.
As for the Patriots, it remains to be seen what their long-term plan at the position is. But for now, whatever Belichick had planned for life post-Brady will have to come to fruition.