It’s no secret that there is a little friction these days between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick as they get set to embark on their 19th season together.
Brady uncharacteristically missed all of the team’s OTAs this offseason and it was never made clear exactly why. The Boston Globe’s Christopher Gasper says the number one reason is centered around Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero.
“Of all the things that have caused this rift between Belichick and Brady, Guerrero is No. 1 on that list, in terms of his access being denied.” Gasper said during Bob Ryan’s Podcast, which was shot live on location at Wahlburgers in Hingham, MA, by CLNS Media.
Gasper believes that when Belichick restricted Guerrero’s access to the team last season he not only upset Tom Brady’s personal routine but possibly impacted future business dealings as well.
“Guerrero is wrapped in with Brady’s brand, this TB12,” Gasper said. “So, if you’re in a position where you are threatening Guerrero, you are denigrating Guerrero, well now you’re also denigrating Tom Brady’s brand and so it becomes personal in a way that I don’t think it was personal before.”
Guerrero and Brady launched the TB12 therapy center in 2013, and since then, other Patriots have jumped on board with the trainer’s alternative methods, including two of Brady’s most trusted offensive weapons – Julian Edelman (currently appealing a 4-game suspension for PEDs) and Rob Gronkowski (reportedly criticized by Belichick last season for his work with Guerrero).
“I think that was a little bit of the tipping point, when other players started to sort of become disciples of Guerrero,” Gasper told Ryan.”
While some people will point to the fact that Brady did report to mandatory mini camp as a sign that all is well between the two sides, Gasper thinks that there is still clearly a problem that needs to be ironed nout.
“Tom [Brady] didn’t show up for any of the OTAs. That’s not standard operating procedure. I know there’s a lot of people who want to play the ‘nothing to see here’ card,” Gasper said. I think this is a clash of wills and a clash of egos and I think it needs to be resolved.
Despite the recent rise in tensions between the head-strong coach and the legendary quarterback, Gasper believes they can overcome the drama once they get on the field and the games count for real.
“This was going on last year and they went to the Super Bowl and could have, should have won.”
Training camp begins July 26 in Foxboro.
For the full audio version of Bob Ryan’s Podcast, click here.