As you’ve probably heard by now, an ESPN report released on Friday morning suggests that there is a huge power struggle brewing behind the scenes with the New England Patriots. You can read the whole thing here, but the short version is this: Bill Belichick wanted to move towards using Jimmy Garoppolo more, since Brady is already 40 and can’t play forever. Brady, insecure about his own future as age creeps in, refused to relinquish his spot and even got team owner Robert Kraft involved.
Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers for a bag of footballs and a ham sandwich, where he’s played really well as a starter so far. Belichick feels like he’s lost control of his decision making power, and Kraft is facing a very near future of owning a team without the greatest coach and quarterback tandem of all-time. The ESPN article even suggests that this postseason could be the last we see of the Brady-Belichick-Kraft trio, as something has to give. Kraft won’t sell the team, of course, but it’s possible that either Brady or Belichick could quit (or retire) depending on how the postseason plays out.
In an attempt to squash the rumors and discredit the report, the Patriots released an official statement in response on Friday afternoon:
Joint statement from Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady: pic.twitter.com/i555gWZIi6
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 5, 2018
Those are all the right words to say as the team prepares to make a run at an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl championship. But are they the truth? It could be an interesting offseason in Foxboro.