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Bill Belichick Sends Clear Message About The Bucs' Offense

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on Sunday.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sunday's chess match between Tom Brady and his former head coach Bill Belichick is one of the most highly-anticipated contests of the year.

Through 20 seasons, hundreds of wins and six Super Bowl titles together in New England, there's no question that Brady and Belichick developed a keen sense of familiarity with each other. But the biggest question heading into this matchup is: Who will that familiarity favor?

According to comments he made on Wednesday, it appears Belichick has the Tampa Bay offense figured out.

When asked if Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is running a different offense now than prior to when Brady landed in Tampa Bay, the longtime Pats head coach said "totally." He said the Bucs' offense under Brady closely resembles the scheme he ran with the all-time great QB in New England.

“It’s the offense he’s run his whole career,” Belichick said, per NBC's ProFootballTalk. “Well, I mean, as it evolved here, but you know. The running game is the running game. The running game is different, but passing game’s the passing game. That’s pretty similar. I mean, you could call almost every play from the flare control to the protection, you know, similar to the way we do it.”

Familiarity with an offense and being able to stop it are two totally different things though.

Belichick and his Patriots squad will have a tough task in stopping Brady and his high-powered offense in what should be an emotional reunion at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.