Bill Belichick gave one of his best radio interviews in a long time on Monday, being shockingly candid on a pretty wide variety of topics.
One that came up, naturally, was the Patriots honoring Tom Brady in Week 1’s home opener. There have long been grumblings of a Brady-Belichick feud, and those really picked up when people accused Brady of snubbing Belichick and the Pats in his retirement announcement.
Well if there is any animosity at all, it’s entirely a one-way street. Belichick clearly harbors no ill will for number 12.
Some of these lines are standard “nice things you’re supposed to say” lines, but he definitely goes beyond that. And he says a lot more than we usually hear from Bill when he’s just trying to dismiss a topic.
"One night’s really not enough, anywhere close to being enough, for the appreciation for what Tom deserves."
He even puts Brady in the same breath as Lawrence Taylor, who has long seemed to be the player Belichick is most proud of having coached throughout his career.
These comments all make it clear that they haven’t exactly been besties since Brady retired, since they’ve only spoken “a couple of times,” but there’s a big difference between remaining fast friends and having a feud.
Not calling up your former boss for a weekly catch-up isn’t a damning comment on your relationship with them, and staying in touch at all really highlights that this relationship isn’t nearly as bad as people want to make it out to be.
Of course, with one source of potential Patriots drama now squashed, keep an eye out for a new rumor being spread. Or maybe people will try to read too deeply into these latest comments as proof that Bill actually hates Brady.
One thing’s for sure though. Week 1 can’t get here soon enough. It’ll be nice to honor Brady, but what’s really important is that we can move past the “offseason drama” part of the year and start focusing on actual football.