New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Tom Brady is back in the Super Bowl, and his dad is back in the public eye. And of course, Tom Brady Sr. has a take on Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Brady Sr. obviously has no power in Foxboro and probably doesn’t know the inner-workings at Gillette Stadium as well as he wants. But regardless of what he believes, you have to think Robert Kraft is not pleased with his head coach and GM.

There’s no doubt that 2020 will leave a bit of a mark on the Patriots. Brady left and immediately returned to the Super Bowl, bringing his title-town magic to basically the entire city of Tampa. Belichick, meanwhile, fielded a 7-9 team, left himself with no clear answers at quarterback, and has work to do on the rest of the roster on top of that.

It’s not out of line to suggest that watching “Tommy” on the biggest stage in another uniform would lead Kraft to demand swift improvements at home. Belichick is going to have to make up for this. So that’s why Brady Sr. used a term usually saved for the Matt Patricias of the world.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12, team owner Robert Kraft, and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Robert Kraft can’t possibly be OK with Tom Brady hoisting a Lombardi Trophy for another team. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

“I’m guessing he’s on a little bit of a hot seat right now,” Brady Sr. told the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian in a new interview.

Belichick almost certainly has a longer leash than that. This isn’t just your standard run-of-the-mill Hot Seat™. Maybe a low simmer. At this point, Belichick might get as long as he needs to turn the Patriots around before the next administration takes the keys.

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But Brady Sr.’s comments have to echo the truth in some form or fashion. There’s zero chance the Krafts are just OK with how their 2020 season went, even if Brady didn’t get a chance to hoist a Lombardi Trophy without them. It would be shocking if Belichick didn’t face some level of internal pressure to fix the quarterback situation and get back to playoff contention in a hurry.

“Hot seat” is a strong way for Brady Sr. to put it. Belichick isn’t going anywhere. But there’s got to be something cooking in Foxboro.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at