A lot has gone on within the New England Patriots organization over the past several months, and at times the drama has been difficult to follow. Fortunately, the internet has found a way to sum it all up in less than two minutes.
Danny Picard of “The Danny Picard Show” put together one of the most incredible WWE mashups you will ever see, and it really needs no introduction. If you want to know what is currently going on with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick and others, just enjoy this video:
— Danny Picard (@DannyPicard) April 20, 2018
Talk about absolute gold.
If you need more details, you can catch up on some of the Brady drama here and also check out the latest on Gronkowski and whether or not he is planning to play. But, really, Picard’s mashup is all you should need. That just about covers everything.
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The relationship between Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick does not appear to be all that strong these days, and it seems like that has everything to do with the star tight end choosing to follow Tom Brady’s training methods over the team’s.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported over the weekend that Belichick chastised Gronkowski in front of his teammates at one point for working with Alex Guerrero and subscribing to the so-called TB12 method. Patriots reporter Tom E. Curran shed some more light on the exchange, and he was told that Belichick was attributing Gronk’s slow start in training camp to the fact that he was training at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center.
Source told me that, During camp, when Gronk was performing poorly, he was called out in front of team for being ineffective. Change in regimen was derisively referred to as the reason. This was big part of Gronk's irritation that lasted all year. https://t.co/xl9YzZqmf2
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) April 9, 2018
As Curran notes, Gronkowski missed just one game in 2017 due to injury and had an All-Pro season. Given how much time he had missed in past seasons, it’s difficult to argue that he made the wrong choice by working with Guerrero.
Gronkowski still has not said whether he plans to play in 2018, and Curran previously reported that he contemplated retiring during training camp when he was at odds with the team over his rehabilitation. A lot of the Gronk drama ties into the issues between Belichick and Brady, and we have heard very little to this point to make us think that tension has been alleviated.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed earlier this week that he sat down for a meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and he implied that it had something to do with the faces of the franchise clearing the air. While the sit-down may have helped, it does not sound like it was a cure-all.
Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal reports that “things still aren’t completely settled” between Belichick, Brady and Kraft even after their meeting. Bedard noted that the hope is that the meeting was a step in the direction.
Given all that we know about the tension that exists between Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero and the Patriots’ training staff, it’s possible that the issues will never be completely resolved. Brady’s TB12 Sports Therapy Center, which was co-founded by Guerrero, is located just outside Gillette Stadium. Players have reportedly been going there for treatment in increasing numbers, and there have been reports that they are being told to ignore instructions from the team’s training staff in favor of other workout and rehabilitation techniques.
In addition to the Guerrero drama, there have been strong indications that Brady and other Patriots players are unhappy with Belichick for benching Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl. For evidence of that, look no further than the way Brady and some other veterans publicly supported Butler after the bitter loss.
No organization in sports has been better than the Patriots at limiting distractions and focusing on winning, and hardly anyone would be surprised if they did just that again in 2018. Even if Brady and Belichick don’t like each other as much as they once did, their goals are still very much aligned.
Good luck getting any information from Bill Belichick about the Malcom Butler benching in the Super Bowl.
Belichick is at the NFL Owners meetings, which led ESPN’s Mike Reiss to ask him Sunday about the Butler benching. In typical Belichick fashion, the New England Patriots head coach declined to get into the matter.
Asked Bill Belichick about Malcolm Butler and Super Bowl decision not to play him on defense, based on Butler’s remarks in Tennessee of maybe not being “locked in and focused 100 percent.” Belichick said he respects Butler. “Not going to get into last year,” he says.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 25, 2018
That is Belichick’s new version of “we’re on to Cincinnati.”
There has never been an explanation for Butler’s benching given by New England’s head coach, leaving many to wonder about the reason. Two things that have become clear is that the benching had nothing to do with discipline and it caught Butler by surprise.
The cornerback has since signed with the Titans.
The NFL season coming to an end may not mean the end of the supposed power struggle within the New England Patriots organization.
NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Giardi tweeted on Thursday that Bill Belichick has been making some of the top Pats players like Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady “miserable.” He also says a lot of the issues revolve around the Alex Guerrero problems.
Someone who "knows" is watching our show tonight. Source says Bill is making "planet players" miserable and yes, a lot of this ties back to the Alex Guerrero stuff. The players – like Brady and Gronk – "don't feel appreciated for the sacrifice they make."
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 15, 2018
Guerrero is Brady’s trainer, who has been a storyline for the Patriots over the past several months. Reports have said that there is discord between Belichick/the Patriots and some of the team’s players over Guerrero. Players like Brady and Rob Gronkowski prefer to train, work out, and seek treatment from Guerrero, while the team would rather have players do these things with the team.
Last month, a different reporter even said the Patriots tried to impede him from writing a story about Gronk training with Guerrero.
Giardi ended up predicting that Gronk will end up receiving more compensation from the Pats. It could be that all the buzz about retirement was intended to get him a raise.
Stanford safety Justin Reid shed some light on what it’s like to be interviewed by Bill Belichick at an interview with the New England Patriots.
Reid said it was certainly an honor to meet the iconic coach.
“It’s like, you walk into the room, and it’s like, ‘Ah, Coach Belichick is here.’ It’s an awesome feeling to have the head coach,” Reid said, via Doug Kyed of NESN.
Belichick is known for being quite prickly to the media, but Reid said he takes on a different persona behind closed doors.
“He’s a totally different guy that he is (in front of the media),” Reid said. “He’s actually a really, really good guy.”
Unsurprisingly, the interview with the Patriots involved a lot of talk about scheme and strategy.
“It was cool. I know they heard about kind of how intelligent of a player I am, so they wanted to quiz me to see what I knew,” Reid said. “They brought up some film and asked me what I was doing in this coverage, what were some of the linebackers doing in the coverage. What I was thinking, what I saw, some formation alerts, some formation tendencies, things like that. Just to get a feel for how I saw the defense, and I feel like I left an impression.”
See? Belichick does do amiable sometimes. We just almost never get to see it.
An interesting story from Kyle Shanahan illustrates just how much of a 180 Bill Belichick did on Jimmy Garoppolo.
The San Francisco 49ers on Thursday signed Garoppolo to a massive 5-year contract that will make him the highest-paid player on a per-year basis. They are obviously quite pleased with what he did for them in his first six games with them, and they know they’re lucky to get him.
In an article by Albert Breer on TheMMQB.com, Shanahan says he was shut down by Belichick upon asking about Garoppolo in March.
“And I remember asking Bill [Belichick] personally down at the combine about Jimmy, and very quickly he told me that wasn’t a possibility. So we moved on from that. He told me he wasn’t going to trade him,” Shanahan recalled.
The quote isn’t too big of a surprise considering ESPN’s Adam Schefter was adamantly reporting the same: Belichick was not trading Garoppolo. But that makes the trade all the more surprising.
The Patriots dealt Garoppolo to the 49ers in late October, just before the trade deadline. The deal came out of nowhere, and a report said that Belichick essentially gave Garoppolo to San Francisco without shopping him for the best return. And despite all information pointing to the contrary, reports say Patriots owner Robert Kraft did not force Belichick to trade Garoppolo.