Tom and Bill wanting a clear break and starting their own individual legacy. Brady and Belichick will forever be intertwined when people discuss the Patriots twenty year dynasty.
Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots has left a lot of questions that we haven’t really gotten any answers for. Why did Brady actually want to leave the Patriots? Why did Bill Belichick not offer Brady a contract since August? Was this a messy divorce, or was this a mutual separation? Many people have given their opinion, but only the people really in the know and the players involved actually knows what’s going on.
Even though people aren’t fully informed, that hasn’t stopped writers from presenting opinions as facts.
New England's approach — remember, his phone conversation with coach/general manager Bill Belichick a couple weeks ago reportedly did not go well and was strictly business — likely was the last straw for Brady. - Tadd Haislop, Sporting News
People keep referring to the phone call that Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald wrote about. At first I believed the phone call as well, until Adam Shefter the only reporter who seems to actually be in know disputed the story, saying; Belichick and Brady had spoken, but not on the reported day, and that there was no “bad conversation”, and said that the call was “business as usual.”
A lot of writers will either give mention of Shefter’s version, or they won’t. It all depends what narrative they are trying to impress upon us. Does this make anybody right or wrong? No, but when Patriots fans are spending so much time trying to figure out what happened, it would be nice if reporters would actually present the entire story, admit they’re not 100% sure what happened, and allow everybody to come to their own conclusion.
Boston media members like Ben Volin have spent the last fifteen years doing what he can to undercut the Patriots, so it doesn’t surprise me that he has become a Brady sympathiser, Brady leaving has allowed him to continue taking his shots at New England.
“That was one of the few moments of Tom Brady’s real emotions coming to the forefront where he’s clearly saying, ‘No, I don’t agree with what Robert Kraft is saying,’” Volin said. “What I think is pretty clear through all this is, yes, leaving has become Tom Brady’s decision, and he wanted to leave New England. But the Patriots definitely pushed him out the door, and this is something that’s been building for the last few years.” - The DA Show, CBS sports
Volin has also predicted the demise of the Patriots for as long as Rob Parker has, and it amazes me that people like Volin seem to hate the Patriots so much, considering he wouldn’t have any career whatsoever, if it wasn’t for the New England Patriots.
So since it’s become obvious that we can’t trust the media, where are we going to find a soundbite, or read an article that gives us some actual information and really delivers the truest opinion that gets us closer to learning the truth?- Que, Tom Brady Sr.
If there was anybody giving their opinion that would be the closest to the truth, it would be Tom Brady’s dad. The senior Brady has been very vocal about the Patriots and his son’s career over the span of 20 years. We’ve heard rumors that number 12 hasn’t always been happy with how much his dad talks to the media, but so far, anything I’ve heard come out of Brady sr’s mouth has been blunt and to the point.
Brady Sr. admitted that Tom kept his family in the loop over the course of his free agency and told them "I am pulling the plug" the day before word came down he was joining the Buccaneers. As for the move to Tampa, Brady's father said he is excited for what's up next for his son, but will still triangulate trips from their hometown San Francisco to Tampa to Boston, where one of his daughters still lives. - Terry Sullivan, CBS Sports
This revelation from Brady Sr, kind of took me back, and helped me make sense of things. There were a lot of reports prior to Brady making his announcement that he had already made up his mind. Obviously, if he had been keeping his family informed, and he told them the day before his Instagram post, Brady had not made any decisions prior. I haven’t really seen anybody in the mainstream media running with Brady Sr’s comments, but the truth doesn’t always make the best stories.
Here’s what Brady Sr said about Brady leaving the Patriots, and his relationship with Bill Belichick:
"I think it is just change," he said. "… I can't tell you the hundreds of times where Tommy has said Bill is the greatest coach in the history of football. Tommy sings Bill's praises. Divorce sounds a little bit harsh. It is a separation. Bill's got a lot of responsibilities to keep the Patriots on track and that is a bigger responsibility than keeping Tommy under the hood. Both of them are mature individuals. I really respect Bill's decision and respect Tommy's decision as well. It is OK to take different paths. You don't have to stay adjoined at the hip." - As per Terry Sullivan, CBS Sports
The one narrative that I have sort of believed, is that Belichick and Brady have both wanted this to happen, and if we were to believe Brady Sr, this was really less about hurt feelings, and more about both Tom and Bill wanting a clear break and starting their own individual legacy. Brady and Belichick will forever be intertwined when people discuss the Patriots twenty year dynasty. It’s my interpretation that both men wanted to create their own legacy, and now they have that opportunity.