FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady‘s private coach, Alex Guerrero, mentioned Patriots coach Invoice Belichick “by no means advanced” in how he handled the star quarterback, an element that contributed to Brady’s exit in 2020 after 20 seasons in New England.
“It was like Invoice by no means actually … I believe his feelings or emotions by no means advanced with age,” Guerrero told the Boston Herald on Wednesday. “As Tom bought into his late 30s or early 40s, I believe Invoice was nonetheless making an attempt to deal with him like that 20-year-old child that he drafted. And all of the gamers, I believe, realized Tom was totally different. He is older, so he needs to be handled otherwise. And all of the gamers, none of them would have cared that he was handled otherwise.
“I believe that was such a Invoice factor. He by no means advanced. So you’ll be able to’t deal with somebody who’s in his 40s like they’re 20. It does not work.”
Requested about Guerrero’s feedback on Thursday, Brady reiterated his “nice respect and admiration” for the Patriots and famous his happiness to be in Tampa Bay.
“Everyone has protecting emotions and feelings as family and friends members,” Brady mentioned. “That is simply a part of being in sports activities. Lots of people who, as a result of they are not on the market, they wish to shield, and it is a very caring, loving factor that individuals do. However from my standpoint, I had a good time.”
Guerrero’s remarks got here greater than every week forward of one of many NFL’s most anticipated video games of the season, when Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go to Belichick’s Patriots on Oct. 3.
Whereas the Buccaneers (2-0) go to the Los Angeles Rams (2-0) in a battle of high NFC groups and the Patriots (1-1) host the New Orleans Saints (1-1) on Sunday, the highlight has naturally shined on the Brady-Belichick dynamic.
“Folks might have made totally different decisions, they usually might have rode out into the sundown collectively,” Guerrero advised the Boston Herald. “That might have been a reasonably cool story too.”
Of Brady’s return to face the Patriots for the primary time since his departure in free company in March 2020, Guerrero advised the Herald: “He and I’ve spent a whole lot of time collectively, and we actually have not spent that a lot time speaking about Week 4. We have actually spent a whole lot of time simply speaking in regards to the week that we’re in and making an attempt to remain centered on that.
“However … I understand how I might really feel coming again, and I might assume he would really feel the identical. There’s a whole lot of years spent there. There’s an important pleasure to see there, be there, really feel the vitality, see the followers, really feel the followers. I believe it will be very thrilling.”
ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.