New England Patriots

Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady look on from the sidelines during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

So much of Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots after six Super Bowls in 20 years has been centered around the 42-year-old Brady’s relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

But Belichick may not have been the only coach that helped fuel Brady’s move to Tampa Bay. In fact, a new report from Gary Myers suggests that Brady had a ‘deteriorating relationship’ with Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels.

It’s easy to see the theme here in these anonymous reports: Much like Brady was “Belichick’d out” after two decades under Bill, Myers claims that Brady had become “worn out” by McDaniels.

In theory, it’d make just as much sense as Brady growing tired of Belichick; McDaniels took over as the team’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2004 through 2008 before leaving for a head coaching gig with the Broncos (and then a brief run as the Rams’ offensive coordinator), and then returning to the Patriot program during the 2011 postseason.

That’s a whole lotta years with the same coach.

By now, I’ve come to realize that nobody besides the men involved have the accurate, whole story here, but 14 years of working together is enough to create some issues. That’s human. It’d almost be weird if they didn’t have some complaints with one another. Now, were these issues enough to completely fracture the greatest one-two in league history? Again, only the men involved can answer that. But Myers added it to his six-point reasoning for Brady’s move to the Buccaneers.

But no matter the reasoning, what’s done is done, and the Patriots have decided to move ahead without Brady and Brady without the Patriots. That’s left second-year pro Jarrett Stidham as the early favorite to take over under center in New England next season, which is something the Patriots seem totally on board with after an uneventful offseason at the position.

“Stidham worked really hard last year,” Belichick said in an interview with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen last week. “I know he’s working hard in the offseason, he’s made a lot of progress in terms of understanding our offense and understanding opponent defenses. Like all players do from Year 1 to Year 2.

“I’m sure he’ll get out there, be ready to go, be prepared, compete hard, and we’ll see where it takes us.”

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