Rumor: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft drama still hasn’t been ‘hashed out’
It’s been over half a year since the explosive ESPN story detailing the apparent discord within the New England Patriots camp came out. But apparently, not yet enough time has passed to heal the wounds festering in Foxborough.
According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal, the friction lingering between head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, and owner Robert Kraft, still hasn’t been smoothed over this offseason.
“According to multiple sources, nothing has been hashed out between the three of them, at least at this time. That could certainly change as they come off vacation and ready for the season. But sources say the more likely scenario is that things are worked out slowly during camp — or not at all.
“Belichick continues to be irritated that Kraft has increasingly interjected himself into areas that were largely Belichick’s domain during his tenure with the Patriots. That includes the owner’s deference to Brady and his role in the retention of Josh McDaniels.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there are still some issues around the team given what’s happened this offseason. Brady’s decision to stay away from voluntary workouts raised some concerns, as well as some of his curious comments, like whether he felt appreciated in New England.
But as former Patriot Chris Long points out, these internal issues haven’t affected the team on the field. Despite their problems, they just keep on winning. While it’s not ideal that the tension within the three biggest personalities in the franchise still hasn’t been mended, it might not even make much of a difference to the team’s performance this season.