By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
That's the indication in a new story by ESPN's Ian O'Connor, who's actually lesser known for his Brady sourcing and famous for his book Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time and his extremely unfortunate take from back in 2000: "Patriots will regret hiring Belichick". But a friend of Brady's went on the record telling O'Connor that Brady was "Belichick'd out" after spending 20 seasons under the coach's demanding rule.
Here's how O'Connor described Brady's switch to jovial Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, framing it as a comparison to the typically dour Belichick:
Measured against Belichick, Arians is a stand-up comic with a funny-looking cap and a strange way of managing defeat. "Win or lose, we booze," is Arians' oft-stated philosophy. Though people close to Brady believe that he was looking for a little more humanity in his coaching ("Tom was Belichick'd out after 20 years," said one friend), and that Arians' let's-grab-a-couple-beers-and-sneak-in-nine-holes approach will be a welcome change, some league officials who know all parties wonder how Brady will adjust to a head coach who doesn't quite match Belichick's maniacal hours or attention to detail.
Well, one has to wonder if this will go back to that headline O'Connor put to ink in 2000. Will Brady regret leaving Belichick for a more fun coach? If he can still play at a high level at age 43, he should be able to put up some serious offensive numbers with his dynamic new arsenal of weapons in Tampa Bay. But will they win enough games to be a real contender?
At the end of the day, Belichick ostensibly was Brady'd out himself. Seems like it was just time for the two to part ways. Now they're on their own, each with plenty to prove about how they perform without each other. Get ready for a fascinating couple of seasons.
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