BOSTON (CBS) – Everyone has feelings and opinions about the upcoming meeting between Tom Brady’s Buccaneers and Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots. Few of them have the intimate knowledge of Julian Edelman.
The retired wide receiver spoke on “Inside The NFL” on Paramount + on Tuesday night, although at first he struggled to come out of his Patriot media roster.
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“I think these are just two opponents,” Edelman said emphatically. “Uh… it’s just usual! I see [Belichick] in the background, it scares me.
Edelman then entered the match, and with his extensive knowledge of Belichick and Brady both professionally and personally, Edelman said both men will be highly motivated to beat the other.
“It’s gonna be a barn burner here, it’s gonna be a great game. They both really want to win. They really want to fight, ”said Edelman. “They know and understand the prospect of this game, and it’s a Week 4 game and the teams’ situations are completely different.”
Edelman continued, “But you have one GOAT against another GOAT. This is a goat bowl. It’s the GOAT Bowl if you think about it.
Edelman – who played for the Patriots from 2009-2020 – elaborated on the dynamics of the Brady-Belichick relationship and its impact on Sunday night’s game.
“It’s like a wedding. I keep telling everyone, ”Edelman said. “It’s not always the sun and the rainbows. So you adapt. This is relationships. This is how relationships are. When you’ve been with someone for 20 years, and especially with these two guys. These guys are the ultimate competitors. If Tom Brady, you walk past him in the locker room and play trashketball, he’ll want to beat you. Even if you beat him he won’t let you go before [he beats you]. Coach Belichick, from the day I walked in there, until the day I left, he was the exact same person throughout the whole affair. As if no complacency had been imposed. He had had three Super Bowls at the time; by the time I left he had six.
“Like these guys are super competitive guys,” he continued. “You would be ignorant to think that they didn’t want to win this game, because they are fighting each other. Do I think they respect each other? Sure. They respect each other. “
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Edelman also shared a little history of his work with the Patriots, highlighting how Belichick and Brady have interacted off the field.
“I’ve been playing with Tommy and Coach Belichick for a long time, and when you get to a level of success that those two have – and with Brady, he’s had seven Super Bowls. It’s like Michael Jordan – these guys have to make things up in their heads to come out and motivate them. They have to take the personal stuff, they have to go there, because “Hey, I need some motivation.” And I think that’s the case here, ”Edelman said. “With everything everyone’s talking about – I mean, I walked past Bill and Tom walking next to each other once. I mean, they nodded to each other. A nod – that’s a lot from Coach Belichick! “
Edelman has said he picks the Bucs to win, but likes the Patriots to cover the 6.5-point gap.
“Tampa Bay is going to win the game, I think. It’s a different transition, they’re at different times in their seasons and their teams. It’s a construction team for the Patriots, ”said Edelman. “I think the Pats will cover. It will be closer than you think.
While much of the focus on game plan strategy focuses on Belichick knowing Brady inside and out, Edelman said the opposite could also apply.
“It’s going to be interesting. You know, Coach Belichick is a defensive coach. Tom is on the attack. They trained a lot against each other. So I bet you there will be wrinkles on both sides, ”Edelman said. “You know I bet you Tom is going [Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles] and saying, ‘Hey, this is what Josh McDaniels is going to do. That’s what they’re going to do. If you do this, they will do that. There are going to be wrinkles, that’s for sure.
As for watching the game? It will be a moving experience for Edelman.
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“I think I’ll just go to a dark room,” he said of his Sunday night plans.