New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

The relationship between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has been a lightning rod for much of the discussion surrounding the Patriots’ offseason. It extended to his interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday on the OWN network.

Asked if there was “something going on” between the Patriots quarterback and head coach, Brady denied that the two were dealing with anything out of the ordinary, as it pertains to any personal or professional relationship.

“Um … No. I mean, I love him,” Brady said. “I love that he’s an incredible coach, mentor for me, and he’s pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don’t agree on absolutely everything. But that’s relationships.”

(L-R) Tom Brady, Bill Belichick (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

(L-R) Tom Brady, Bill Belichick (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s been a different kind of offseason for Brady, who didn’t attend any of the Patriots’ voluntary offseason workouts. He did attend mandatory minicamp, but he and Belichick were never spotted directly interacting with each other during the practice sessions that were open to the media.

Brady’s comments imply that, as it should surprise no one, he and Belichick have certainly had their differences over their 18 seasons together. The quarterback’s behavior this offseason made it seem more like the two were engaged in some kind of Cold War. His mere pause at the beginning of his comment will invite more scrutiny, but Brady is insisting that nothing’s “going on” that would suggest anything is worse than it usually is when the two disagree on something.

Most importantly, it remains to be seen whether Brady’s absence from organized team activities would affect the team on the football field. Based on minicamp, where Brady mostly looked like his usual self in team drills, it’s going to be hard to find those kinds of issues when the 2018 season finally kicks off.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at