The One Common Denominator: Brady Wanted to Move On

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There were problems in New England and it’s time for Patriots fans who refuse to believe that, to believe it. The Patriots saw Tom Brady walk out on the team and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason because he felt it was time to turn the page and start a new chapter.  There’s many that think the problem was with Head Coach Bill Belichick, which isn’t exactly hard to believe because he can be a demanding coach to play for. NFL writer Gary Myers reported yesterday that Brady’s “deteriorating relationship with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels” was why he left for Tampa. Brady was worn out by his relationship with Josh over the years among other reasons. 


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There is one common denominator the last couple of seasons, Brady and Belichick’s relationship was sour, Brady didn’t trust young wide receivers and now Brady’s relationship with his offensive coordinator has soured. The one common theme so far feels like it was more about Brady than the rest of the team. There is no question that Brady has been the ultimate Patriot, he did everything the Patriot Way over the course of his career in Foxboro. Brady took less money, the head coach would trade and release key players, there was SpyGate and DeflateGate, so to understand why he would begin to get frustrated during his time in New England is understandable. 

The relationship between Brady and the organization started to feel some strain over the last few seasons. Is it possible that when Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo the ill-will began?  It’s hard to not think that is the case, his employer is saying we found your replacement. That isn’t the easiest thing for people to deal with let alone a player of Brady’s caliber and cache in the league. While the move to draft Garoppolo inspired Brady to be better, it also feels like it continued to instill resentment within him. 

Alex Guerrero didn’t help matters over the last few years in New England. The friend and trainer of Brady who helped him develop the “TB12 Method” was around the team for years. The trainer worked with other Patriots players at the TB12 facilities. In fact, Belichick would let Guerrero be around the team during the 2013 season, with free rein around the facility. Belichick felt that Guerrero, who worked closely with Brady, would have his quarterback's best interest at hand that Guerrero would do the same for the remainder of the roster. 

Then Guerrero began to blame the Patriots training staff for injuries and it seemed he was undermining the medical staff.  The team would not allow Guerrero the access he once had but he remained as a consultant.  It was reported in the past that one Patriots player visited the TB12 facility wouldn’t allow Guerrero to massage his injured legs but to only treat his arm. The fear was that Guerrero and his deep tissue massage would hinder his recovery. 

According to the Boston Sports Journal, the training staff advised another Patriots player to do squats while Guerrero told players not to do squats. After similar incidents with players, Belichick finally put his foot down and let Brady know what Guerrero’s role would be with the team and what boundaries would be in place moving forward. This would add strain to the Belichick and Brady relationship. 

Then there is the story when Brady decided to skip voluntary OTA’s after participating in them in the past and went as far as saying they are important for setting up a team for a strong offseason. Many players have skipped OTA’s in the past, including players from other organizations but for Brady to skip them it was significant. It would add fuel to the fire that there was a rift within the organization, a rift with Belichick and Brady would stay home with his family. 

In 2013, Brady told Patriots.com that he thinks OTA’s are important, "Head Coach Bill Belichick talks about, you think it's just an OTA in the springtime, and it's not that important and all those things that probably could enter your mind," Brady said. "The truth is, this lays the foundation for the start of training camp and if you have a good training camp, it usually means a good start to the season. A good start to the season leads to good position entering the second half of the season.  Everything ends up having some significance to it. You're not just out here running plays and going through different things that aren't going to mean anything. We're out here trying to get a lot of things accomplished." Brady would attend OTA’s from 2011-2017 after skipping them from 2008-2010.  Voluntary workouts are exactly that - voluntary, but if you have young players around you on offense, it is your job as the franchise quarterback and the face of the Patriots to put in the work with those players.

Circling back to McDaniels, Brady and his offensive coordinator had a very public spat during a game against the Buffalo Bills. During a December match up with the Bills, Brady walked to the sideline after throwing a late pass to receiver Brandin Cooks. Brady ripped his chinstrap off and begin to have dialog with McDaniels. "He was wide open," McDaniels said to Brady, referring to Cooks. Brady walked away from McDaniels, but he kept repeating, “we have him open”.  Brady and McDaniels got into a spat within earshot of Belichick. A Patriots staffer intervened between Brady and McDaniels, the veteran quarterback capped off the exchange with “f— you!” The video went viral and be a topic of conversation in New England and nationally on ESPN and FS1.  

Brady later apologized and McDaniels said that is “part of what makes him great”. It makes him great that he will get in the face of his offensive coordinator on the sidelines during a matchup against the Bills? I appreciate the passion, but that is not the Brady we know who had a passion for winning, that's a Brady who is frustrated with the Patriot Way. 

Myers stands pat on his reporting of his tweet and he was backed by WCVB’s Christopher Gasper.  Gasper tweeted, “Gary is dead on here. The professional/personal relationship between Brady and McDaniels was more strained than publicly portrayed, a source told me. Brady found it frustrating that Josh wouldn't install plays TB12 wanted in the game plan last season.  It felt like a phasing out.”

Brady was ready to move on and he knew that going into last season. For fans to still be delusional into thinking that Brady was the innocent one during his whole time here is a lazy way to think.  There definitely is two sides to this story but as each report comes out there is one thing that stays the same, Brady was ready to move on and was tired of everything in New England, including winning.  He will now take his talents to "Tompa Bay" with his buddy and tight end Rob Gronkowski and try and win a Super Bowl without Belichick. I am thankful for everything he has done in New England, he wanted to move on the so did the team.  

It’s time to focus on Stidham and the next wave of the Patriots teams. Brady is gone, there were issues within the great dynasty. It was eventually going to come to an end and as reports come out, fans are struggling with the realization it’s over. 



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  1. Obviously no one reads this BLOG or cares about an uninformed individual's opinion
    regarding Tom Brady. Everyone has an opinion, the problem is when people try to IMPOSE their opinions as FACTS... like you're doing here. You can speculate that 'brady wanted to move on' but there are no facts to support that supposition. Alternatively, there is a wealth of information out there from friends of Tom Brady's (like Ben Affleck) who KNOW what was going on and came out publicly and spoke about the MONEY ISSUES w the Patriots. No one wants to "move on" from a job when they're 2 yrs away from their retirement and have been with the same team for 2 decades. He WANTED TO PLAY and GET PAID. Bellichub offered to trade him a couple yrs ago, so yes, there was bad blood, but people can overlook bad blood for money... actors and politicians and businessmen do it all the time. Again, Pats wouldn't pay. Tom Brady is a real person and his life and what has happened to him is real. You're not serving him or anyone else my propagating your theories as facts. Either get the facts to support your hypothesis and quote your sources, or be more responsible and pose your 'blog' as what it is... opinion.

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