Offbeat Bill Belichick gives cagey update on his relationship with Tom Brady
Has Tom Brady simply had enough of Bill Belichick?
When Seth Wickersham of ESPN reported back in January that serious cracks had developed in the perennially successful relationship between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, it seemed odd to think that something that had worked so well for 18 years would suddenly not be working. But something’s [ more ]Load Error
Patriots fans and football analysts have been speculating on the s between coach Bill Belichick and the two other faces of the franchise, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowksi, since the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. There were that Brady might not even play in 2018, but he eventually confirmed his intention to defy Father Time and extend his career.
Both Brady and Gronkowski skipped voluntary OTAs earlier this year, but both reported for mandatory minicamp this week. When asked how he felt about Brady, Belichick gave a predictable answer.
Belichick: What's important to us is to win
The Patriot Way has come under attack in recent days, from those who claim that the Patriots don’t have fun. To no surprise, coach Bill Belichick says it’s not about fun. Asked during a Thursday press conference whether it’s important for you to come up with ways for players to feel like they’re enjoying themselves as [ more ]The Patriot Way has come under attack in recent days, from those who claim that the Patriots don’t have fun. To no surprise, coach Bill Belichick says it’s not about fun.
coach Bill Belichick tells reporters that everyone reported to mandatory minicamp and says "it's good to have all players here." As for Tom Brady, "I've always had a good relationship with Tom."
- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
A reporter pressed Belichick on the absences of Brady and Gronkowski in OTAs, but Belichick masterfully dodged the question.
Bill Belichick, ladies and gentlemen.
- Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)
‘No-fun Patriots’ seem to be lightening up, perhaps to appease their disgruntled stars .
Lane Johnson would be shocked to learn what the Patriots did this week as they wrapped up nine weeks of offseason workouts. On Monday, Bill Belichick canceled practice and instead held a team bonding experience at Fenway Park. On Tuesday, the Patriots returned to practice, but Belichick turned it into an opportunity to teach his players about football history, using props including leather helmets, I’m told.
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