Bill Belichick praises Tom Brady: ‘No quarterback I’d rather have’
Bill Belichick obviously is not one for sentimentality, nor is he prone to effusive praise just for the sake of it. But the curmudgeonly New England Patriots head coach nevertheless made it clear he holds Tom Brady in extremely high regard.
Speaking to reporters Thursday for his final press conference of the week ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl LII, Belichick arguably paid Brady the highest compliment possible, especially due to who was making it.
Bill Belichick: “There’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom.” pic.twitter.com/BEP8OxCGjZ
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“There’s no quarterback I’d rather have on my team than Tom Brady. I’m glad I have him,” Belichick said.
Belichick was responding to an inquiry from an Argentinian reporter who in his comments likened Brady to Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, soccer icons in his home country in how he’s viewed. The reporter than asked Belichick if Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time. That is what elicited Belichick’s high praise of Brady.
As noted by ESPN, it would appear the feeling is mutual between the two.
“I’ve been blessed to be drafted to this team and to play for the best coach in the history of football, and to play for the best organization,” Brady said of Belichick on Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday.
The Patriots of course had to deal with allegations of strife and dysfunction within the organizational power structure stemming from a bombshell ESPN report published last month. Each involved party, Brady, Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft summarily dismissed any notion of dissent or the presence of any rift.
And here the Patriots are once again in a Super Bowl despite the aforementioned controversy surrounding the team. One could say the entire situation was much ado about nothing, at least as far as the Patriots are concerned.