Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t normally speak at length about any of his players (or coaches). But in Tom Brady’s case, he made an exception, Hayden Bird of the Boston Globe reports.
Asked if Brady put forth any extra effort in the 2016 season, perhaps to do with revenge over the Deflategate controversy and being suspended for four games, Belichick brushed that logic aside. He contemptuously defended Brady’s work ethic in every prior season over the quarterback’s career.
“I think it’s inappropriate to suggest that in Tom’s career he’s been anything but 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 at a Monday morning press conference. “To insinuate that this year was somehow different, that this year he competed harder, did anything to a higher degree than he has in the past is insulting to the tremendous effort and leadership and competitiveness that he’s shown for the 17 years that I’ve coached him. It’s been like that every year, every day, every week , every practice. I don’t care if it’s in May, August or January, Tom Brady gives us his best every time he steps on the field.”