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#pounditThursday, June 17, 2021

Bill Belichick dodges questions about Tom Brady: Patriots are ‘moving forward’

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Bill Belichick is going to be peppered with questions about Tom Brady for the foreseeable future, but we already know the New England Patriots coach is going to avoid answering them at all costs. Less than a month after Brady officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that trend has already begun.

Belichick spoke with reporters on a pre-draft conference call on Monday, and there were several questions about Brady. In response to one of them, Belichick said it is not possible to sum up everything Brady accomplished in New England over the past 20 years. The coach also said the Patriots are “moving forward.”

Belichick was then asked if he wanted Brady back. To no one’s surprise, he didn’t take the bait.

The Patriots appear to be headed for an open quarterback competition between Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, though they could draft a QB or add another veteran at some point. Belichick would not shed much light on the QB situation, only saying that the team has a “pretty good feel” for both players and will give everyone a chance to compete.

There has been a lot of speculation that Brady’s decision to leave the Patriots stemmed from a rift with Belichick, but the four-time Super Bowl MVP dumped more cold water on that during his recent interview with Howard Stern. Belichick has always avoided speaking about players who are no longer with the Patriots, and he will do his best to treat the Brady departure no differently.

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