Stephen A. Smith Believes Bill Belichick is ‘Coming After Tom Brady’

Published 03/16/2021, 4:23 PM EDT


The New England Patriots are on the warpath. After a poor showing last season, Bill Belichick and the franchise have done a lot of work.

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They re-signed Cam Newton to a big new contract. Furthermore, the Patriots have made a few more signings in free agency and are looking to bolster the squad and make an impact next season. But Stephen A. Smith believes that there is more to it.

Stephen A. Smith addressed the New England Patriots‘ new acquisitions. He believes that Bill Belichick is bolstering his squad in order to go after Tom Brady.

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Belichick will want to prove his doubters wrong. Not only because their season was bad, but because of the success Brady had with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving the Patriots.

He said, “He’s coming after Tom Brady. Let’s call it is what it is. It’s one thing to lose Tom Brady and to not be what you are. It’s another thing to watch him go someplace else but it’s another thing to watch him go someplace else.

“In his first year there, he wins the Super Bowl. Not just because he’s still a star quarterback.” 

Bill Belichick looking for redemption

Smith added that Belichick must be upset because the Buccaneers allowed Tom Brady to have a big say in who gets to be a part of the team.

He noted how competitive Bill Belichick can be, and will want to prove both Tom Brady and all the other critics wrong. Belichick wants to defend his legacy going into the new season.

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“But also he played the role of GM and basically made the decisions as to who should be on the team and who should be added to the team. The Antonio Browns, Rob Gronkowskis of the world.

“So because of that, that’s where if you’re Bill Belichick, you got people looking at you looking at your legacy. He’s a highly competitive individual which anybody associated with him has attested to.”

Can Bill Belichick bring the Patriots back to the promised land? He has made a lot of moves going forward and brought several players into the fold.

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Last season was a disappointing affair for Belichick and the Patriots. But given their efforts so far, the Patriots should be looking to climb the top of the mountain the next season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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