It's officially Tom Brady week and Bill Belichick kicked it off with his weekly appearance on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning.
The Patriots coach was asked about saying dozens of times over Brady's time in New England that there was no quarterback he'd rather have, so when did that change?
“It never changed," Belichick said.
So, does that mean the Patriots wanted Brady back following the 2019 season?
“Well, I think we’ve been through all of the dynamics of that," Belichick said. "There were a lot of things there — he looked at his options and made his decision. We weren’t as good of an option as Tampa. You’d have to ask him about all that, but it wasn’t a question of not wanting him that’s for sure."
Belichick praised Brady for their time together, but noted Sunday night is about the two teams playing each other and not one player.
“Tom and I had I feel like a good relationship and a lot of production, obviously while we were together," he said. "I enjoyed coaching Tom. He was a great player for us. Sunday night we line up across from Tampa and not just him, but the entire team. They are obviously a very good team, so that’s all about our team competing against Tampa’s team.”
Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. Sunday night.