Wow. Just Wow. Well all of us New England fans KNEW this storied run wouldn't last forever, but never did we think the end would come because to friction among 3 of the most powerful men in the NFL (Brady, Belichick and Kraft).
According to The Boston Globe and more recently ESPN (video story below), the TB12, Belichick and Robert Kraft drama may be real and they are predicting that this could be "the beginning of the end" for the three. The Pats are still favored to win the Superbowl this year but could this be the final try and the end of this amazing era?
As I understand it, and in my interpretation of what I've read in the attached ESPN article written by Seth Wickersham HERE, it has all come to a head thanks to the disconnect between Tom's TB12 method (and way of life) which includes his trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero and Bill Belichick's disdain for the whole distraction it brings to the club house, calling it "a cult" (which it kind of is frankly). Seems that the newer younger players have been pressured to participate in the "method" but the administration wants them to work with the club's trainers and regimen.
Oh the drama goes even deeper with the departure of one of the newest and best now starting QB's in the league, our old friend Jimmy Garrapolo.
Anyway, if this drama is real and Tom takes his trainer and ends up going elsewhere in his final quarterbacking years, then it's possible that not only could this be the end of the Brady/Belichick/Kraft era but next week's sudeen death play-off game could be their LAST! Gasp! I'm not ready!!
All I have to say again is...wow. Just Wow.
ESPN The Magazine senior writer Seth Wickersham describes the events leading to the New England Patriots trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers and the power struggle between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.