Bill Belichick unsurprisingly unsentimental about Tom Brady’s future
If the New England Patriots were to lose Saturday night to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Round, it’s conceivable that it could be the last game Tom Brady ever plays with the team.
When asked Friday about Brady’s potential swan song with the Patriots, Bill Belichick unsurprisingly showed no semblance of sentimentality. Sticking to his tried-and-true practice of projecting a laser-sharp focus on an upcoming opponent, Belichick did not even mention Brady’s name in his response.
Bill Belichick's exchange with reporter today about Brady's future.— Craig Kolodny (@NBCBostonCraig) January 2, 2020
Reporter: "Is it strange to think that it's at least possible this could be your last game together?"
Belichick: "Yeah we're focused on the Titans"@RaulNBCBoston @NBC10Boston @Gary_Tanguay #Patriots pic.twitter.com/PGJoiBNGIE
“Yeah, we’re focused on the Titans,” Belichick said, as transcribed by WEEI. “That’s really … that’s all I’m focused on. So we’ll do everything we can to get ready to go and play the best game we can play Saturday night.”
After reworking his contract last offseason, Brady is set to become a free agent in the coming months. While nothing is off the table, many NFL insiders believe Brady’s legendary tenure with the Patriots will end this coming offseason.
How that comes about is the pressing question. When asked earlier this season about a potential retirement, Brady said he was taking things “day-by-day” at that point. After his body coach weighed in on the situation in November, Brady declined to set any limits on how long his NFL career would continue.
All that said, any notion that Belichick would have emoted at all over the possibility that his partnership with Brady could be close to an end is of course ludicrous. While that obviously does not mean that Belichick doesn’t have feelings about the situation and his longtime quarterback, the fact that he stuck with his patented coach-speak means it’s business as usual with the curmudgeonly coach and the Patriots.