Stepping out onto the field at Gillette Stadium next Sunday, wearing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey, New England Patriots fans will not only see a Tom Brady in another uniform, they will also see a quarterback with a contrasting personality. that he showed them in his first 20 years in the NFL.
Leaving the Patriots in 2020, Brady left behind the “Do Your Job” mantra that led to him winning six Super Bowls and adopted an extra-official one, “Enjoy Life”, which has allowed to show his outgoing personality.
In the 20 years that he played for New England, Brady worked in an environment in which seriousness reigned and opinions were limited so as not to give an extra bit of information beyond what should be offered to the world of the NFL.
Bill Belichick made short and lean answers a lifestyle at the Patriots and his iron discipline was not limited to practice and the field every Sunday, he also instituted it in the lives of his players.
Under the Belichick regime, it was, or is, very difficult for a player, even considered the best in NFL history, to agree to participate in several television commercials each year, who has festive attitudes in the parade to celebrate a victory in the Super Bowl or being active frequently on social media.
One of the characteristics that Belichick has established throughout his tenure as a Patriots coach is avoiding, at all costs, distractions, no matter how minor, that put the functioning of his team at risk.
That’s exactly what Brady has done since leaving the Patriots. The now-Buccaneers quarterback seems determined to do all or much of what he couldn’t do when he played for New England.
Brady has gradually shown an outgoing personality, with more interaction on his social media, with a more relaxed attitude at press conferences and public events and later with commercials showing his acting ability.
In the 2021 season, Brady has appeared in commercials for sandwiches, for cryptocurrencies alongside his wife Gisele Bündchen, in which he even jokes that fans in New England call him a “traitor” and a Jets fan identifies him. as “the worst person ever,” on cell phone with tight end Rob Gronkowski, and maybe over there in another ad campaign.
Can you imagine Belichick’s reaction if in one of the parades to win the Super Bowl with the Patriots Brady threw the Vince Lombardi Trophy from one car to another or had been caught on camera with a few more drinks at the end of the event? Imagine what the New England coach would have said if Brady (or any other player) had decided to spend time offseason shooting TV commercials?
You can imagine what Belichick would say. The hardest thing is to imagine Brady doing something like a Patriots player and legend.
In some ways, Alex Guerrero, Brady’s personal trainer, could be right in pointing out that the relationship between Belichick and Brady did not evolve, because the coach never stopped seeing the quarterback as the 20-year-old he drafted in the 2000 draft. .
Brady’s attitude while playing for the Patriots and what we see today reinforces the theory that Belichick treats his players like teenagers or young adults by limiting them to many activities that, for many other athletes and ordinary people, are normal.
In Belichick’s deed, the way he has led the Patriots has produced nine trips to the Super Bowl, six championships and perhaps the longest and most dominant dynasty in NFL history. The formula may be worn out, but it may be the basis for some more successes in the years to come.
For now, while Belichick maintains the same dark, conservative, limited-comment, politically correct attitude, Brady has been less robotic than he was in New England.
This is not to say that Brady does not speak with political correctness yet, and perhaps he does more for his first visit to Foxborough as a rival, but the ease with which the considered best quarterback in NFL history now lives may be enough to enjoy. the moment and leave New England like you did for 20 years: as a winner.