Tom Brady on the reporter’s solution question to Belichick

Tom Brady has his New Year’s resolution ready for when the clock strikes midnight on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback drew inspiration from an unlikely source for his intentions, which he was asked about on his weekly “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Gray.

Gray brought up the subject by noting the response from Brady’s former coach, the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick, who swept through social media. After the Patriots’ 33-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Belichick was asked by a journalist if he had any New Year’s resolutions to share with fans.

“Yes, no, not right now,” Belichick replied in a tame response to the publicly sour coach. “Maybe next week.”

Gray and Brady got a good laugh out of it over the replay before the seven-time Super Bowl winner gave his own answer.

“I want to be as brave and courageous as she asked that question to coach Belichick after a loss. That’s what I want for the new year,” Brady said.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has a specific decision in mind for the new year. (AP Photo / Jacob Kupferman)

Brady’s response is particularly fascinating as he knows very well how Belichick is immediately after losing. They spent 20 years together in New England, winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots 237-83 in the regular season during that time. For Brady to say that it takes a brave and courageous question to ask such a question is to say a lot.

The reporter’s questions spread greatly due to who she was asking and when the question was asked. Had it been after a win, or had another coach simply given a football-related answer, it probably would not have taken off. Journalists are always looking for new angles and interesting stories, both of which are also amplified during the holiday season.

And access to players and coaches has been limited since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A quiet side issue in the locker room is now blown up and busy for the whole world to hear.

At the end of it all, there is no damage and no fault. There are no rules that only prescribe “football-related” questions, and even football-related questions are not always insightful questions.

In the end, what Patriots fan would not want to hear their iconic coach’s decision for 2022 after another tough year?

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