‘Not Gonna Go Back’ – Bill Belichick Dodges Tom Brady Questions; Heaps Praise on Buccaneers

Published 09/27/2021, 8:06 PM EDT
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)


Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are both intertwined in NFL history as arguably the greatest player-coach combination. Both stalwarts of the game helped the New England Patriots reach the echelons of football in the first two decades of the 21st century. One can say that there is no Brady without Belichick and vice versa.

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Brady and Belichick’s led the Patriots to 6 Super Bowl titles. The former won 3 league MVP awards over a 20-year long association with New England. That finally came to an end in 2020.

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The now 44-year old signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, determined to prove doubters wrong. He did so in his very first season in Florida, leading the Pirates to their second-ever Super Bowl triumph. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to win a Lombardi on home soil.

But even after all this time, there is an air to suspense when it comes to how things ended between Belichick and Tom in Foxborough.

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Speaking to the media ahead of next week’s blockbuster New England Patriots vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers clash, coach Bill Belichick was once again pestered with Tom Brady-related questions.

While reporters hoped he would bite the bait, Belichick was quick to rouse their hopes.

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“Yeah, well I mean I’m not gonna go back and rehash all that we’ve talked about that I really my focus right now. My focus is on the game here and look, I have so much respect and appreciation for Tom and everything he did here and for me and for our team.”

“You know, we’re just getting ready to compete against Tampa this week, and we’re gonna keep our focus on that,” Belichick said at the above press meet.

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)

Week 4 will see Brady return to the Gillette Stadium for the very first time since leaving Boston in 2020. There will be blood, there will be sweat and for sure, there’ll be tears. Make sure you don’t miss this epic, yet emotional, showdown.

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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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