Bill Belichick: Tom Brady trains, competes hard every season
HOUSTON -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke passionately Monday morning about Tom Brady, as he clearly wanted to share his view about the thought that the quarterback might have been fueled by vengeance this season in the wake of Deflategate.
"I think it's really inappropriate to suggest that in Tom's career that he's been anything other than a great teammate, a great worker, and has given us every single ounce of effort, blood, sweat and tears that he has in him," Belichick said Monday morning at the traditional Super Bowl MVP/head coach news conference.
"To insinuate that this year is somehow different, that he competed harder or did anything to a higher degree than he ever has in the past I think is insulting to the tremendous effort, and leadership and competitiveness that he's shown for the 17 years I've coached him."Bill Belichick, on quarterback Tom Brady
"To insinuate that this year is somehow different, that he competed harder or did anything to a higher degree than he ever has in the past I think is insulting to the tremendous effort, and leadership and competitiveness that he's shown for the 17 years I've coached him. It's been like every year, every day, every week, every practice. Tom Brady gives us his best every time he steps on the field."
Belichick's remarks came as part of an answer to a more of a football-specific question on whether analysts overlook Brady's pinpoint accuracy.
Short on sleep after a Super Bowl LI celebration that continued into the early hours of the morning, Belichick also shared how the team's 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons had special meaning for him because of family considerations.
All three of his children -- Stephen, Amanda and Brian -- were on the field after the game. Stephen concluded his fifth season on the coaching staff, while Brian finished his first year as a personnel assistant. Amanda is the women's lacrosse head coach at Holy Cross.
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Source: Mike Reiss