After 17 years of dominance, can it be that the Patriot dynasty is finally coming to an end?
On Friday, ESPN reported that a rift has formed between owner Robert Kraft, head coach and football genius Bill Belichick, and superstar diva QB Tom Brady. Basically Brady wants to play until he is 45 and has hired a trainer to help him do that. Belichick doesn’t like the trainer, and was willing to let Brady go but Kraft stepped in and stopped it. Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014 who he was willing to keep in place of Brady making the diva QB jealous so Kraft forced a trade.
That is the short of it, and even though the trio released a statement later in the day denying the story, few believe that the report was baseless. In 2015, Brady’s father predicted that “It will end badly,” also saying, “I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play till he’s 70.” Brady’s father also said, “It’s a cold business, and for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn’t.”
Sources are reporting that Belichick sees the rift as an out, and has his eyes on the New York Giants job. If Belichick really wanted to stick it to Kraft and Brady, he would wait until offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels leaves, then take the Giants job. Daniels is a highly coveted assistant and is on a lot of teams’ radar this year including the Colts who have parted ways with their head coach and have a superstar QB in his prime. There is no guarantee that McDaniels will leave, but Belichick could wait and see before making his move. The Giants will surely wait as a catch like this one doesn’t come around everyday.
For the fans of other teams that have been tortured by the Patriots this is a good sign that things are finally coming to an end. Or this could be just some motivation that they could use to go on another 10 year run, only time will tell.