Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he has not watched any of Tom Brady’s first two games with the Buccaneers. He said his attention has been on the Pats’ first three opponents this season: the Dolphins, Seahawks and Raiders.
“I’ve really been focused on the teams that we’re playing, Lou,” Belichick said in his weekly appearance on Boston radio station WEEI. He was responding to a question from co-host Lou Merloni, the former Red Sox infielder. “Miami was obviously a big focus for us . . . There were some other things that came up for me last week. The Raiders, they’re a team we haven’t played. Seattle’s a team we haven’t played. We’ve kind of got our hands full with taking care of the things that we’ve got to take care of.
“I don’t watch a lot of other pro games. I don’t really watch a lot of college games. I’ll watch the games that affect what we do.”
The Patriots and Buccaneers will not meet this season, but they do have common opponents, including three the Bucs will play before the Pats do: the Broncos, Chargers and Rams. Belichick and his staff will be scouting the film of those games.
Belichick and Brady parted ways last March after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl championships together. There were reports their professional relationship had broken down and that Brady was dissatisfied with the money New England and Belichick were offering him to stay.
Brady signed with the Buccaneers on March 20. His play has been uneven during Tampa Bay’s 1-1 start, which includes a loss to the Saints and a win over the Panthers.
Belichick brought in former Panthers QB Cam Newton in July to succeed Brady. Newton has led the Pats to a 1-1 record, with a win over the Dolphins and a loss to the Seahawks, and looked at times like the player who was the NFL’s MVP for the 2015 season.
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