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Tom Brady riffs on Bill Belichick catchphrase ahead of Week 4

Tom Brady may have decided to move on from the New England Patriots after two decades and six Super Bowl victories, but that didn’t prevent him from sneaking a page out of Bill Belichick’s motivational playbook before making his exit.

The first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback took to social media Wednesday morning to share a message that shows he’s fully focused on Sunday’s Week 4 showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers.

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“On to LA,” Brady succinctly writes in an Instagram post featuring a photograph of him celebrating with Bucs wideout Mike Evans.

The statement is of course a reference to Belichick’s infamous stonewalling efforts during a press conference ahead of an early-season showdown with the Bengals in 2014 during which he comically uttered some variation of “On to Cincinnati” repeatedly during his comments.

Brady of course made it clear this offseason that it was time for him to move on to the next chapter of his legendary career, although it came somewhat as a surprise when he decided upon joining the Bucs.

While the transition has not been completely seamless — including how Brady will be treated like every other player by Bucs head coach Bruce Arians — things appear to be trending in the right direction.

After dropping their season opener in a tough road loss to the division-rival New Orleans Saints in Week 1, the Brady and the Buccaneers rebounded with convincing victories over flawed Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos squads in Weeks 2 and 3.

Now, the Bucs aspire to improve to 3-1 with a home win Sunday over the similarly underwhelming 1-2 Chargers, a matchup that Brady makes note of in his Instagram post.

With that in mind, it merits noting that Belichick’s “on to” catchphrase been frequently co-opted by NFL players and even his fellow coaches over the years. So what’s wrong with Brady using the legendary line as well?