Did New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drive Tom Brady out of Foxborough? The Buccaneers quarterback responds.
Well, just when Patriots fans were shifting their attention to the next quarterback, former New York Daily News writer Gary Myers opened up a freshly closed wound with a report that Brady grew tired of the Patriots offensive coordinator, hinting that the two close friends had different visions of the 2019 offensive game plans.
The suggesting not only threw a wrench into the love and respect these two men publicly sprouted about one another, it also triggered a very frustrated Tom Brady who immediately responded to and refuted the following from Mr. Myers:
Due to a lack of playmakers and injuries, the 2019 New England Patriots offense was mostly dreadful. Some of that was due to the lack of offensive weapons, some was due with a 42-year-old quarterback in Tom Brady showing his age and some of it also rested on the shoulders of Josh McDaniels, whose play calling at times was questionable.
Did questionable play calling fester with Brady like it did with many Patriots fans as the season went on?
There were times it certainly looked so as the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback showed and expressed his frustration on the sidelines.
With his competitive nature, any fiery side of Brady is usually attributed to his passion to compete, but if his role in the offensive game plan declined, then perhaps he did develop some beef with his offensive coordinator.
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Anything is possible when it comes to the soap opera that is the Patriots dynasty, however, Tom Brady isn’t staying silent about his dismay over the report, but calling the Gary Myers’ report “nonsense.”
In the social media response, the former Patriots franchise quarterback pour water on the flames that his relationship with Josh McDaniels was deteriorating by calling them “brothers for life.”
Now, we know brothers can have a lot of love and respect for one another but still fight. For Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels, perhaps it was just time for both men to spend time away from one another.
One is onto a new challenge in his career, and the other is left with the challenge of developing a second-year quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and a host of young playmakers.
In summary, while there tends to be some truth to a lot of these reports of friction and drama behind the scenes at One Patriot Way, we will never really know until all parties involved are retired and long away from the game.
Perhaps there will be a New England Patriots version of “The Last Dance” featuring the big three of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels with appearances by Rob Gronkowski, Randy Moss, Ty Law and Wes Welker.
As we saw with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, there is always drama in winning.