Bill Belichick even called out Tom Brady during the Patriots’ 16-0 regular season in 2007.
Former New England fullback Heath Evans shared a few telling tales about the relationship between the legendary coach and quarterback during a recent appearance on the “Your Mom’s House” podcast, including how Belichick holding Brady accountable in front of the entire team affected the locker room.
“The best thing about Bill is, there’s not a whole lot of people that can mother-eff Tom Brady in a team meeting room,” said Evans, who played for the Pats from 2005 to 2008. “When you’re in New England, if you’re the superstar, you get coached harder than everyone else. And if you’re the 53rd man on the roster or maybe the 35th guy on the roster like I was, then you’re going to be on this staggered scale of your level of accountability and how hard you get come down on because he knows, ultimately, me as the 35th man on the roster is going to follow Brady at No. 1 on the roster.
“So if Brady’s not challenged and he’s not working and he’s not held accountable, then you create this level of inconsistency. And so that’s a gift in itself.”