Bill Belichick expands on relationship with Tom Brady


Bill Belichick didn't exactly give much when speaking to reporters at the NFL owners meetings this week, but he did when appearing on Mike Krzyzewski’s Sirius XM show that was pre-recorded prior to the Greg Schiano news and Rob Gronkowski's retirement.

Belichick went into detail about his relationship with Tom Brady.

“In [basketball], it’s great because everybody plays offense, everybody plays defense,” Belichick said. “But in our sport, there’s a division between offense, defense, special teams, and a lot of times it’s hard to pull all those together. But, as a head coach, it’s important to be able to manage those critical situations with your quarterback, your offensive coordinator, your special teams coach, and your defense all together.

“I think Tom and I have spent a lot of time building that philosophy, understanding what we’re each thinking in certain situations, so when they come up, he can anticipate what I want to do [and] I can anticipate what he’d like to do. We try to get the best thing. I’d say we both work at it.”

The Patriots coach also praised Brady's preparation.

“There’s some things that he sees that I just don’t see, and I think the reverse is true,” Belichick said. “I love football. I love learning about football. I think Tom is the same. I think we’ve learned from each other, and we’ve been able to grow together. I think it’s a thriving relationship that never gets old.”

This will be Belichick and Brady's 20th season working together.