A lot has been said about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's relationship over the years, with the most critical examination of their twenty years together coming after the quarterback left the Patriots in 2020.
In the years since then, they've spoken glowingly of each other when asked, seemingly putting all odds concerning the state of their relationship to end. But alas, the discussion about the most successful pairing continues today.
Now that Brady is scheduled to return to Foxboro for the Patriots' opening game this upcoming season, he is asked again about his feelings about his former head coach.
At this point, you'd think it was pretty clear they had mutual respect. Still, people can't seem to accept it, likely because of the rumors surrounding Brady's departure allegedly concerning Belichick's desire to move on from his as the starter.
While being interviewed for ESPN earlier this week to discuss the ceremony set for his New England homecoming this fall, Brady was asked about Belichick and their apparent highly anticipated reunion on the same side of the field.
"I was very fortunate to play with him and be a member of those teams. With him and his leadership and his ability to coach and put our team in a great position to succeed, I think we had a great relationship.
He very much trusted what I was doing out there on the field, and obviously, it went both ways. … I think we always had a great amount of respect for each other, and I think as time goes by, we’ll have more respect for one another because there will be more perspective on those things. I learned so much from him. I’m taking a lot of things that he taught me in terms of his leadership into the different opportunities that I have in front of me."
His response fell very much in line with what he's said in the past; this was just a reiteration of what has been repeated during the last three years since the discussion of their alleged tension has taken off.
It's entirely possible the two once had a strained relationship, which they have alluded to over the years due to their shared passionate desire to compete and win in the NFL. But now that they've been separated for a few years, things are seen from a different perspective, as Brady said. That's life.
This is probably not the last time either of them will have to address and clarify the lingering questions about their relationship, especially with Brady's return seeing so much hype. But it would be nice to finally move past this conversation seeing as the answers have stayed the same.