Addressing the elephant in the room

Could it possibly be the beginning of the end for Patriots dynasty?

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Could it possibly be the beginning of the end for the New England Patriots dynasty? Tom Brady came to the Patriots as a sixth round draft pick out of the University of Michigan. Tom Brady a certain hall of fame first ballot player the 199th player picked in the 2000 draft.

Since Brady became their starting quarterback in 2001, the Patriots have never had a losing season and have won 14 division titles. The Patriots played in eleven AFC Championship Games from 2001 to 2016—including six in a row from 2011 to 2016—and won seven of them.

ESPN is reporting several cracks in the armor of Brady, Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel. Beginning with a December 3 outburst between Brady and McDaniel. The Patriots were playing division rival Buffalo Bills and Brady had just thrown late and behind receiver Brandin Cooks on third down, ending a first-quarter drive.

When Brady came to the sideline he was of course pissed because he is a very competitive player and McDaniel got in his face. “He was wide open,” McDaniels said to Brady, referring to Cooks.

Brady kept walking, and glaring at McDaniels, so the coach repeated: “We had him open. Brady snapped back at McDaniel “I got it” Then with everyone on the sidelines and television cameras catching the exchange yelled toward McDaniel “F—k you”. Brady later apologized and said the words and McDaniel dismissed the incident as “part of what makes him great”.

 

The Patriots have achieved historical success as a team with Belichick and Brady and the reason they believe they have achieved so much is sticking together as a team thru difficulties. The Patriots have won even with Roger Goodell’s ridiculous attack and the deflategate scandal.

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Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft — have had serious disagreements. They differ on Brady’s trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero; over the team’s long-term plans at quarterback; over Belichick’s bracing coaching style; and most of all, over who will be the last man standing. Those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group.

The Patriots deny that there is a rift in the building and issued a statement today. The fact remains that Tom Brady is a 40 year old quarterback and will be a 41 year old quarterback next season. Belichick has cut or traded superstars in the past. Josh McDaniel will be interviewing for head coaching jobs including the Chicago Bears. Could it be that this playoff run will be the trio’s last.

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