Asante Samuel does not believe a word Bill Belichick had to say.
The New England Patriots coach was asked during his press conference ahead of the game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he would’ve had the same success without the quarterback. Belichick replied, “Of course not.”
“We’ve talked about that for two decades. I think I’ve been on the record dozens of times saying there’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady. I still feel that way. I was very lucky to have Tom as the quarterback and to coach him. He was as good as any coach could ever ask for,” he said.
Asante Samuel saw that quote and blasted him.
“The thing about life is if your words don’t match your actions you’re just blowing smoking”
Samuel is clearly referring to when Brady became a free agent and the Patriots never made a run at him to bring him back.
The Sunday night game between the Bucs and Patriots is one of the most highly anticipated of the season.
“I haven’t thought too much about it. I’m just going to try to do what I always do: Go be a great quarterback. Obviously, I understand the opponent, I know all those guys, they’re some of my great friends [and] they will be for the rest of my life,” Brady said Thursday. “I know a lot of coaches, players, the owners, the staff. It will be great to see everyone after the game, but up until the game I’m focused on trying to go win a football game.”
Among his return is the fact that Brady could set the NFL career passing record Sunday night against his former team, which he only needs 68 yards to do so. His former team plans on pausing to acknowledge the feat, but will not stop the game when it happens. As you may recall, the New Orleans Saints completely stopped their game back in 2018 as his family came on the field, Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker was there to get the football, while the entire home stadium celebrated. You have to believe things would be different if he were still part of the franchise.
Brady also had praise for Belichick.
“He’s a great coach, obviously a great coach. [He] has everyone prepared, does a great job of that. Obviously, I’ve said before, [he] taught me a lot. He was a great mentor for me for a long time, and I really enjoyed my time in New England. But, at the same time, I’m super excited about what we’ve done here. I’ve got a great group of coaches here, an amazing group of guys that still motivate me and inspire me to be the best I can be for this team and this organization,” Brady said.
Brady currently is at 80,291 passing yards, chasing the record that Brees holds with 80,358.
It is shaping up to be a wild night in Foxborough.