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James Harrison believes reports of tension between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady are made up

Ryan Hannable
July 19, 2018 - 6:59 pm

James Harrison was only with the Patriots just over a month, but he got to know Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pretty well.

Well enough to say on FS1's Undisputed show Thursday that he believes the reports of tension between the two are made up.

“All these stories that come out of all this friction and stuff, I honestly believe that it is made up. I came in there looking, I was like, ‘I am going to see what is going on. They have trouble too, just like everyone else, right?’ I get in there and I see nothing," Harrison said. "They were interacting. They were talking. I don’t see any friction. I believe they just make up these stories to pull the team tighter and closer together and that is really all it does.”

Harrison also praised the two individually.

The former Steeler wanted to hate Brady, but he found out what everyone had been telling him: he's a great teammate.

“To be honest with you, I wanted to hate this dude," he said. "The whole time I am playing in Pittsburgh, I am like, ‘I hate Brady.’ Everyone is like, ‘He’s such a nice guy, he’s such a nice guy.’ We had LeGarrette [Blount], he came over and I was like, ‘What’s up with Tom Brady?’ He was like, ‘He’s such a great guy’ and I was like, ‘Stop lying to me.’ As soon as I get there, who is the first person I see happy with a smile on his face? I was like, ‘He’s just doing this because he has to do this, right? He’s just faking.’ You watch how he acts in the locker room, how he communicates with different guys, guys who have been there forever, guys who are just getting there, and dude, he’s a great guy."

Harrison also said Belichick is a better coach than his old coach, Mike Tomlin.

"Mike Tomlin is good as a head coach. He’s a player’s coach,” Harrison said after acknowledging Belichick is better than Tomlin. “I think he needs to be a little bit more disciplined. The big thing with Belichick is he’s very regimented, he’s disciplined, everyone is going to be on the same page, there’s not going to be anything as far as someone doing their own thing. I think over there [in New England] their whole coaching staff is like that.”

Harrison retired following playing one regular-season game and three playoff games with New England.

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