Phillips On Brady: "I’d Be Surprised If You Weren’t Surprised"

Wade Phillips didn't expect Brady to leave New England, but he does expect him to win in Tampa Bay

Tiki and Tierney
March 30, 2020 - 7:15 pm
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Wade Phillips has seen it all in his half century coaching football. He knows, as well as anyone, that the game is a business.

And even he was surprised Tom Brady left New England.

“I think everybody was,” Phillips said on Tiki & Tierney. “I’d be surprised if you weren’t surprised. He’s been there so long and won so many championships and really proven he’s probably the best of all time. You don’t expect him to leave, but that’s his decision certainly, and he made it.”

Indeed, Brady left New England after 20 seasons, nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl titles. He joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t win down there, too,” Phillips said. “They’ve said several times in his career, ‘Well, he can’t do it again this year.’ Well, he’s done it. He’s a great one.”

Phillips has coached against Brady numerous times in his career. Sometimes Phillips got the better of Brady; other times, not so much.

How do you slow Brady down?

“That keeps coaches up at night,” Phillips said. “The times we beat him, we’ve had great defensive players. When we won the Super Bowl with Denver, we beat him in the AFC Championship Game, but it was awfully hard to do – like it always is with him. He’s a great player. If you had the answer, you’d be a better coach than I am, that’s for sure.”