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Tom Brady opens up about Bill Belichick, when he knew Patriots career was over

Tom Brady opens up about Bill Belichick, when he knew Patriots career was over

Tom Brady officially announced he was leaving the New England Patriots on March 17 and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 20. 

But he had already made up his mind seven months before that.

That's what the 42-year-old quarterback admitted Wednesday in a candid interview with SiriusXM's Howard Stern, revealing when he knew it was time to leave the Patriots.

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"I don’t think there was a final, final decision until it happened," Brady told Stern. "But I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year. I knew that it was just -- our time was coming to an end."

Brady signed a contract extension with New England last August that allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 for the first time in his career. He also put his family's Brookline, Mass., house on the market around the same time, and apparently those actions weren't just coincidence.

So, what made Brady decide to leave? Was it his relationship with Bill Belichick? Did he feel Belichick didn't appreciate him and want to prove to the world he could win without the Patriots head coach?

"I never cared about legacy. I could give a s— about (that)," Brady said. "So, why would I choose a different place? It’s just time. I don’t know what to say other than that.

"I had accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization and an incredible group of people. That will never change. No one can ever take that away from me. No one can take those Super Bowl championships or experiences away from us."

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Brady also bristled at those who debate whether Brady or Belichick would have had more success without the other.

"I think it’s a pretty s---- argument that people would say that," Brady said. "I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine. So, the fact that you could say, ‘Would I be successful without him?’ The same level of success, I don’t believe I would have been.

"But I feel the same and vice versa, as well. To have him allow me to be the best I can be, I’m grateful for that, and I very much believe he feels the same about me because we’ve expressed that to each other."

Stern pushed Brady on his relationship with Belichick, asking the QB if there wasn't part of him that felt Belichick didn't fully support him when the head coach drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014 and made other plans for the future at quarterback.

"I think he has a lot of loyalty,' Brady said. "He and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to, and nor should they be. So many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship and how he felt about me. I know genuinely how feels about me.

" … I got into unchartered territory as an athlete because I started to break the mold of what so many other athletes experienced. I was an older athlete, and he started to plan for the future, which is what his responsibility is, and I don’t fault him for that. That’s what he should be doing."

Brady also said he got emotional when informing Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft he was leaving the team in March, and that he cried during their phone conversation.

Brady touched on several other topics in the wide-ranging interview, but if there's a takeaway for Patriots fans, it's that there was no way the GOAT was coming back to New England this offseason.

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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