Since Tom Brady entered the league over a decade ago, both he and head coach Bill Belichick have been joined at the hip. Whether the two have been shown publicly on NFL Network breaking down game film, or whether their football analysis is occurring behind the scenes, it’s clear neither would have nearly the level of success without the other. The two have football IQs like nobody in the game today.
Brady especially loves the game of football and said something interesting in a recent interview with SI’s Peter King about life after he hangs up the cleats:
“I want to play a long time. There’s nothing I like doing that’s close to football. What’ll I do when I’m done playing? I don’t know, but I know it won’t be nearly as fun. I can tell you neither me nor Peyton will probably be very far from the game of football when we’re done.”
It is interesting for Brady to indicate that he won’t be very far from the game when he retires. When I heard this, I immediately started thinking, “Could he be the New England Patriots head coach of the future?” While it may seem far-fetched now, it is more plausible than you might think.
Players definitely have a history of transitioning from playing to coaching. Some guys who have played in the league that went on to coach include: Jim Harbaugh, Mike Ditka, Mike Munchak, Gary Kubiak, Jack Del Rio, Jeff Fisher and Ken Whisenhunt. Could Brady be next?
We know one thing: he certainly has the aptitude for it. He has seemingly no sense of entitlement as a player, and loves to break down game film. He also works on his own mechanics meticulously.
Many fans have probably thought for a long time that Brady would retire on some beach with his supermodel wife and kids and live happily ever after, never to be heard from again. Well, apparently he doesn’t want things to end that way. He loves to be around the game and with the rapport that he and Belichick obviously share, it is fair to wonder whether they have an agreement in place for Brady to step in whenever Bill decides to step down.
After all, Bill has hinted publicly that he won’t be coaching well into his 70s and with some of the black marks on his record, it seems like a scary proposition for Josh McDaniels to be the next guy in charge after Belichick. While Brady as a future head coach is purely speculation at this point in time, it will be something interesting to watch for 3-5 years down the road.