Tom Brady. Super Bowl. Again. Minus Bill Belichick

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going home. Not Brady’s normal home — his new home, and he’s led his new team there in their first year together.

Anyone else wondering how Bill Belichick is feeling today?

One former member of the New England Patriots did mention Brady to Belichick after Brady’s hot start in the Buccaneers’ 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday.

“Belichick had us fooled this whole time,” former Patriots safety James Ihedigbo tweeted.

Brady and Belichick advanced to nine Super Bowls together from 2001-19 and won six of them. Brady is now going back again, and Tampa Bay just happens to be hosting the big game this year. Belichick, on the other hand, is sitting at home after a 7-9 season.

Brady, 43, had to win three playoff games to get back to the Super Bowl. In the NFC Championship, he threw three picks. All on consecutive possessions, all in the second half. And the man still beat Aaron Rodgers.

So now, the Buccaneers will be the first team in history to host the Super Bowl. Brady will also be the first QB to reach 10 Super Bowls. This time, he’s taking head coach Bruce Arians with him, not Bill Belichick. That makes Belichick wrong for not making sure Brady returned to the Patriots.

And as much as some football fans dislike the Brady dynasty, this year may give these same fans reason to smile. After all, many aren’t Belichick fans, either.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Yeah what I think what probably happened during the Patriot days was Belichick was always more of the defensive guru (goes back to his Giants days)…and Brady and whomever was the OC took care of the offense.

    Bill probably forgot what it was like without a Brady as a QB. Cam Newton certainly wasn’t going to fill those shoes.

  2. I think Belichick declined Trump’s Medal of Freedom – not for MSM bullshit PC reasons – but because he had a less than Belichick kinda season, and felt he didn’t deserve it, especially in light of Brady’s huge success in Tampa…

  3. As a Chiefs fan, I want Mahomes to steal the mantel from Brady. But, any moron who hasn’t admitted Brady is the best of all time (at least until Mahomes takes it from him), should just shut up. If that was Manning they would all be screaming it from the hills. But those ‘experts’ didn’t see Brady coming, so they can’t admit they were wrong. It’s just like when their game predictions fail, they always have an excuse. They aren’t experts, they’re just bloviating twerps who couldn’t play the game themselves.

    • I honestly haven’t heard a single person anywhere deny Brady is the greatest QB of all time. However, the level of boot shining be administered is getting a bit demeaning for grown men in my opinion. He’s good. We got it. He has also been on a ton of great football teams with great coaches. Diminishing Belichik’s influence is going way too far in the idolatry. That’s crossing into some cult- like level worship of the guy in some bizarre contest to see who can kiss his backside the most outstandingly.

  4. Tom Brady is the GOAT. No doubt. But this crap about Brady versus Belichick is a false dichotomy. Belichick ran out of money and therefore ran out of players. He was all-in for Tom Brady as long as he could afford to be. Belichick is a fabulous coach, ask Saban, ask his players. Jets fan here, watching these wretched pats all along, so that’s the truth.

  5. It’s amazing to me how TB12 turns it on in the playoffs.

    There were some games this year they looked horrible. New Orleans beat them twice.

    TB12 though knows that it’s the right games, not all the games that matter.

    Will be interesting to enjoy the Super Bowl in two weeks. Great story lines no matter who wins.

    Belichick will be a great 500 coach if he doesn’t find another good quarterback. I don’t think he does. We will celebrate his legacy, he will go to the hall of fame, but this year will be fun Thanksgiving talk for years to come with people who are die hards on the Belichick-Brady debacle.

    When I transferred after my first year of college, I did play with a chip on my shoulder. Would love to see Brady get at least 3 more seasons to see what he can do with more of his own leadership on the team.

    Would be curious to see if Brady wants to go into coaching afterwards.

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