Patriots Were Split Between Brady and Belichick

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New players felt the surest way to earn Brady's trust was to join Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and others by seeking advice from Guerrero at his TB12 clinic - and not team doctors, which Belichick preferred.

"Several sources told Wickersham players felt trapped between risking their relationship with either the head coach or starting quarterback, having to discuss whether to follow Brady's preferences or those of the team". After previously allowing Guerrero access to the team and facilities, Belichick revoked that access this season. In the view of many Patriots, it was an example of Guerrero trying to split the organization by turning players against Belichick. Coincidentally, or perhaps not so coincidentally, this was right around the time of the National Football League trade deadline. It details the reportedly "severe" rift between owner, head coach and franchise quarterback. Garoppolo got very little help from Brady in New England.

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"The two quarterbacks were friendly, but Brady - like Joe Montana to Steve Young and Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers - didn't see it as his role to advise Garoppolo, even on matters as trivial as footwork, as nobody had helped him during his climb".

The Patriots released a statement showing unity between the three parties, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from swirling, with this latest report being one of the hottest out there. He knocked; nobody was there. According to Wickersham, the end result was Belichick "demoralized" that Kraft made the demand to trade the 26-year-old quarterback in favor of the 40-year-old quarterback who has found the fountain of youth. But Brady nearly forcing the Patriots to stick with him, as Belichick may see it, is unsettling.

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Despite the purported off the field issues, the Patriots have thrived on it.

But winning cures everything, right?

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