With Brady set to be a free agent entering this offseason, the longtime Patriots head coach, who has coached Brady since he entered the league in 2000, was asked about the future. More specifically, if Saturday’s NFL playoff matchup against the Tennessee Titans could be the last for the duo, essentially ending one of the greatest dynasties in sports.
In typical Belichick fashion, the Patriots head coach wasn’t concerned at all and was instead simply focusing on the team’s upcoming Wild Card matchup against the Tennessee Titans this Saturday.
Via Andy Hart of WEEI:
“Yeah, we’re focused on the Titans. 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,” Belichick said.
Belichick was asked a variety of interesting questions during the press conference, including an unrelated one to the previous question. The Patriots coach was asked how much time he spends with Brady on his quarterback mechanics.
“Yeah, I meet with the quarterbacks every week and we talk about a variety of things, that being one of them,” Belichick said of Brady not being left to his own devices. “And other things. So I’d say weekly.”
It’s no secret that Brady’s statistics were down this season. In fact, his 24 touchdown passes were the lowest since the 2006 season — the infamous campaign in which his best wide receivers were Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell. His 60.8 completion percentage and 88.0 quarterback rating were at its lowest since the 2013 season.
Peter King Acknowledges Brady-to-Chargers Makes Sense
One person who at least thinks that Brady signing with the Los Angeles Chargers is a possibility is longtime NFL reporter Peter King. King kept the idea open that the Chargers could reach out to Brady in March.
“The Chargers could try to talk Tom Brady, also scheduled to be free in March, into coming west.” King wrote in his latest Football Morning In America column for NBC Sports. “I’m skeptical of this too, but this will be the first time Brady’s ever been unsigned and ineligible to be franchised entering an offseason, and he might want to see what life is like outside Belichickland.”
It is assumed by some that Los Angeles will on from longtime quarterback Philip Rivers, who has been the team’s starter since 2006. Rivers has already stated that he’ll play the 2020 season — with or without Los Angeles, the team that drafted him back in 2004.
Tom Brady Dismisses Notion Injuries Are Impacting Play
The 42-year-old Brady wants to make one thing clear — injuries are not impacting his play.
After a terrible pick-six interception against the Miami Dolphins — the first of his career against Miami — the veteran quarterback dismissed the notion that his prior injuries, such as the elbow ailment he’s dealt with all season, are impacting him.
Via Adam London of NESN:
“I don’t have any problems. I have no injuries,” said Brady. “I’ve said it a lot. I feel good. There is no injury, no nothing. I wish I would have played better, and that’s about it.”
The Patriots will host the Titans at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday in the Wild Card round.