Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been together with the New England Patriots since 2000. Of course they’re going to have some disagreements. That’s how former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, now an NFL analyst for CBS, feels about the Brady-Belichick dynamic amid rumors this offseason that tension exists between New England’s legendary QB-coach tandem.
In an interview on NFL Total Access, as shared on the official New England Patriots website, Romo discusses how he views the relationship between Belichick and Brady, who have been together since 2000.
“I just think when you’re together for 15-20 years, whatever it is, I think invariably when you’ve had the success that they have had, people have to come up with stuff,” Romo recently said on NFL Network. “I also think that I’ve been upset with my coaches before and then you come back and you’re fine, and then you get upset with them and then you come back and you’re fine. It’s part of just sports.
“When you’re winning at that level, I think that there’s a lot of reasons that you do. Tom Brady being there is a big, big reason, obviously. Bill Belichick being there, it’s a big, big reason. I don’t really think that there’s a whole lot to it. I think they probably squabble just like any married couple for 20 years and then they also love each other.”
Even though Romo hasn't worked with a single head coach as long as Brady has, he has had a good dynamic with the head coaches he has played for, so he knows what he's talking about. The relationship between player and coach is not always perfect.
And no partnership in NFL history has been as beneficial as the one between Brady and Belichick. The duo has five championships together, and the idea of pursuing more certainly has the potential to grow stale. But if things were truly as bad as some have suggested, New England wouldn't have come nine points away from winning their sixth championship last season. If this is what it looks like when things are bad, all that means is that the Patriots are better at their worst than most teams are at their best.