Bill Belichick to Bruce Arians: Tom Brady Explains His NFL Transition

Published 09/25/2021, 12:08 PM EDT
FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Back in 2000, not many would have predicted that 199th overall pick Tom Brady would go on to make NFL history while playing for AFC East franchise, New England Patriots. Against all odds, the California-born quarterback made the most of the opportunities that came his way in Boston.

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FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

From the very moment that he came on for an injured Drew Bledsoe, Brady had just one thing on his mind – to cement himself as a Patriots starter and impress head coach Bill Belichick. That’s exactly what he did as he went on to lead New England to 6 Super Bowl titles during a 20-year stint in Foxborough.

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Brady broke the hearts of Patriots’ fans as he chose to leave the franchise in search of a new challenge in 2020. He joined Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay. He led the Buccaneers to their 2nd ever Super Bowl title in just his first season in Florida.

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Tom Brady compares playing under Bill Belichick and Bruce Arians

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady made an appearance on the How Leaders Lead podcast with David Novak earlier this month. The 44-year old stalwart spoke about his renewed love for the game and also made comparison between HC Bruce Arians and former boss, Bill Belichick.

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“When it comes to the football, you know, I would say, Coach Arians. He’s an incredible leader, but he’s not a micromanager. He allows the coaches to coach, ‘I’m going to see what I’m going to see and I’m going to add my input where I think I need to add it’.”

“And, you know, Coach Belichick is very hands-on with the defense, a little less so with the offense, but a lot with the special teams and obviously coronavirus, I really haven’t had a normal season yet, you know…it’s good for my brain to relearn a drive to work as simple as that sounds, learn new restaurants, or to learn new neighborhoods,” Brady said during the interview.

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 celebrate after winning 34-28 over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Bucs will go on the road in Week 4 as they take on Brady’s former employers at Foxborough. This might just be the game of the season. So make sure you tune in!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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