Tom Brady tries to set record straight on his relationship with Bill Belichick
There is a wide-ranging belief that Tom Brady left the New England Patriots this offseason because the relationship between him and Bill Belichick had deteriorated, but the six-time Super Bowl champion continues to insist that was not the case.
Brady had his highly anticipated interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday morning, and he answered a number of questions about his decision to leave the Patriots. As expected, he took the high road the majority of the time. However, Brady did share some interesting insight about his relationship with Belichick.
Brady on Stern, talking about public perception of him and Bill Belichick: "So many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship, how he felt about me."
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Brady was also asked about the debate over who deserves more credit for the Patriots’ success over the past 20 years — the QB or the head coach. Brady said both needed each other and the argument makes no sense.
“I think it is a pretty sh—y argument, actually,” Brady said, per WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine.”
Any resentment that Bill Belichick didn't make you a Patriot for life. "No…" says Tom Brady, emphatically. @nflnetwork
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 8, 2020
Another fascinating part of the interview was when Brady said leaving the Patriots had nothing to do with furthering his legacy.
Tom Brady: "I never cared about legacy. I could give a sh– about [legacy]. … That's just not me. … Why would I choose a different place? It was just time. I accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people…"
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 8, 2020
It seems fairly obvious that the relationship between Brady and Belichick was not warm and fuzzy over the past few years, but that may have been the case for the majority of their time together. Even Brady’s father defended Belichick for moving on from the QB, so perhaps the divorce was more amicable than perceived.