Bill Belichick is many things.
An eight-time Super Bowl-winning coach, a three-time coach of the year, an executive of the year — sure.
He’s also weird, at least according to his former quarterback Tom Brady.
Now Brady didn’t say this publicly, but NBC Sports Patriots insider Tom E. Curran shared a story about an exchange he had with Brady.
“The back half of the Patriots dynasty was comprised of the greatest head coach of all time and the greatest quarterback of all time not really liking each other a whole hell of a lot,” Curran explained. “Tom Brady once said to me in 2016, ‘weirdest guy I’ve ever met. It’s what I’ve been living for 16 years,’ and he spent three more years of it!”
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This stems from a January report that said Belichick was seemingly frustrated with his current quarterback, Mac Jones. Jones reportedly sought offensive help outside of the Patriots organization during team struggles. There were also rumors Belichick was shopping Jones.
This situation, if it exists, didn’t matter, according to Curran.
“It doesn’t matter,” Curran continued. “The guys that (Belichick) liked were Cam Newton and Jimmy Garoppolo. So, what’s that tell you? It doesn’t matter. There’s no come-to-Jesus meeting. There’s no embrace. There’s no getting into Bill’s head and channeling whether he personally likes (Jones) or not. Get out of seventh grade for a minute.”
Being weird doesn’t mean anything bad, of course. It also appears Brady and Belichick had no ill will toward one another. Just recently, the 15-time Pro Bowl quarterback said that over the 20 years they spent working together, they had a very trusting relationship.
As a matter of fact, Belichick was one of the first people to text Brady after he won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“He very much trusted what I was out there doing in the field, and it went both ways,” Brady said in an interview with ESPN. “Ultimately our success was because so many people in the organization, as coach Belichick, always said, ‘Do your job,’ and I did as quarterback and leader.”