Patriots head coach Bill Belichick appeared on Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Sirus XM radio show, and used the opportunity to talk about quarterback Tom Brady.
2018 was full of rumors about the growing tension between the head coach and the star quarterback in New England. Belichick said his relationship with TB12 is thriving as they enter their 20th season together.
“In (basketball), it’s great because everybody plays offense, everybody plays defense,” Belichick told Coach K. “But in our sport, there’s a division between offense, defense, special teams, and a lot of times it’s hard to pull all those together. But, as a head coach, it’s important to be able to manage those critical situations with your quarterback, your offensive coordinator, your special teams coach, and your defense all together.
“I think Tom and I have spent a lot of time building that philosophy, understanding what we’re each thinking in certain situations, so when they come up, he can anticipate what I want to do (and) I can anticipate what he’d like to do. We try to get the best thing. I’d say we both work at it.”
Belichick is amazed with Brady’s skills and work ethic. According to him, Brady “prepares at a level no other player that (he’s) coached.” Those are some nice words of praise, right?
“There’s some things that he sees that I just don’t see, and I think the reverse is true,” Belichick said. “I love football. I love learning about football. I think Tom is the same. I think we’ve learned from each other, and we’ve been able to grow together. I think it’s a thriving relationship that never gets old.”
This is a nice way to shut down all the rumors about the alleged tension. Belichick is doing a perfect job with Brady, and that’s the only thing that matters at the moment.