Football fans should expect those conversations to only pick up steam ahead of Super Bowl 55. Brady, now with the Buccaneers, will square off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on February 7.
What does Buck, who called Brady’s victory in the NFC championship game, think of the debate? Let’s just say that he shared some very fascinating thoughts on Belichick and Brady’s relationship.
Tom Brady had a far better 2020-21 season than Bill Belichick
Tom Brady is going as strong at age 43 as he was at age 23 and age 33.
Brady will play in his 10th Super Bowl on February 7, and his first since leaving Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots behind.
The Buccaneers are the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. That is good news for Brady, who already has six championships to his name.
Things didn’t go as well for Belichick and the Patriots this year. Cam Newton failed to serve as even an adequate starting quarterback, and New England finished 7-9.
The Patriots hadn’t posted a losing record since 2000 and had made the playoffs every year from 2009-19. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, last played a postseason game in January 2008 before Brady arrived.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are linked together
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were married, so to speak, for 20 NFL seasons.
The union truly began in September 2001, when Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe. Brady won six Super Bowl rings in New England, all with Belichick as his head coach.
Much like the chicken and the egg, the two are forever tied to one another. That marriage has lent itself to various questions, ranging from what their relationship looks like now to if Brady was solely responsible for the Patriots’ success.
Joe Buck doesn’t believe that Belichick rooted for Brady in 2020
Joe Buck is the latest football mind dipping his toe into the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady pool of debate.
Buck’s thoughts on the subject go a bit beyond the typical “Brady made Belichick” or “Belichick made Brady” comments. In a recent interview with the New York Post, Buck admitted that he doesn’t believe Belichick rooted for Brady this past season.
“I think that there is a lot of competition between those two. I think both wanted to prove this year that it was not the other guy, it was them, and here’s Brady still standing and Belichick had a sub-.500 year, and I’m sure that’s not lost on Bill. I think I would be naive to think that Bill Belichick would be rooting for Tampa Bay.”
Buck also said that he was surprised when Brady picked the Buccaneers last spring.
If Buck is correct, Brady shouldn’t expect the Belichick clan to root for him in Super Bowl 55. Then again, that could entail Belichick possibly cheering on Patrick Mahomes, who has enjoyed recent success against the Patriots.
Belichick may be a man without a country — er, team — come the Super Bowl. Brady, on the other hand, will be leading one of those teams out onto the field that night.