Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the most outstanding quarterback and head coach tandem in the history of the NFL. In their 20 years together, they went to nine Super Bowls and won six. These two seemed destined to be together for Brady’s whole career. However, after the 2019-20 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady decided to leave as a free agent. Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady’s trainer, may have just revealed one of the reasons Brady left the Patriots. According to Guerrero, Belichick treated Brady like a 20-year-old kid in his later years with the team.
“He’s older, so he should be treated differently…you can’t treat someone who’s in his 40s like they’re 20. It doesn’t work.”Alex Guerrero
Guerrero isn’t the only person who had been vocal about Brady and Belichick’s relationship. Recently Tom Brady’s father spoke out about Belichick wanting Brady “out the door.” After winning his seventh Super Bowl last year with Tampa Bay, Brady feels vindicated when they dismantled the Chiefs.
Brady has had great success without Belichick in Tampa Bay, but Belichick couldn’t say the same. In his first entire season without Tom Brady, the Patriots went 7-9, marking their first losing season since 2000. His replacements for Brady also have not lived up to Brady’s standard. Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham struggled last season, and though rookie Mac Jones has been impressive so far, he has humungous shoes to fill.
The Brady-Belichick relationship is one of the fascinating sagas in NFL history. For 20 years, it seemed the two were always on the same page. However, with Brady’s father and trainer speaking out in the past week, many reasons led to Tom Brady’s departure.
In recent memory, Brady and Belichick will meet next week on Sunday night football in what may be the most anticipated regular-season game. Brady will return to New England, looking for revenge. In contrast, Bill Belichick will look to shut down the man who he coached for 20 years.