Tom Brady emphatically denied a report that his “deteriorating relationship” with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels led to the embellished quarterback in search of perceived greener pastures within the offseason.
FILE PHOTO: NFL Football – Super Bowl LIII – New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. – February 3, 2019. New England Patriots’ Tom Brady in motion. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Brady voiced his displeasure Monday evening on Instagram with longtime NFL columnist Gary Myers’ assertion that the quarterback was “worn out by Josh after all these years.”
“Please stop this nonsense! Please be more responsible with reporting,” Brady wrote whereas tagging McDaniels in his submit with a coronary heart. “19 years together and brothers for life.”
Myers, who beforehand labored for the New York Daily News and now serves as a contributor to The Athletic, doubled down on his stance Tuesday morning throughout an look on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand” present.
“Since Tom has denied that I’ve gotten several texts from people that I really trust who told me that I’m 100 percent correct on this and to stand strong on it,” Myers mentioned, through NESN. “Because they comprehend it to be true as effectively. I first heard this just a few weeks in the past. I felt like I wanted to get it confirmed. I strive to not (report data) — until it’s actually crucial — from single sources. Once I acquired a affirmation on all the things I heard a pair weeks in the past, I felt it was acceptable to do that. And I did a sequence of three tweets (Monday) as a result of I simply didn’t need to throw this on the market in 140 characters, or no matter. I attempted to offer it slightly context, and I felt I did that. I’m certain it’s true.
“I’ve a very good relationship with Tom. He was actually useful to me after I did my Brady-(Peyton) Manning guide. I’ve had an excellent relationship with him since that time. I’m not in the least stunned that he denied it. I didn’t count on him to substantiate it — I believed possibly he wouldn’t say something.”
Myers didn’t cease there.
“I do think he likes Josh. I’m not saying they hate each other. I’m saying last year, the relationship deteriorated as the Patriots offense struggled. The fact that Tom came out and denied it, that doesn’t bother me in the least. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, and if you run scared because you think the story you’re gonna put out there is gonna be denied, then, basically, you don’t belong in this business. So, I have thick skin.”
Brady and McDaniels have been collectively on the Patriots for 16 of the previous 19 seasons, with the latter serving as a personnel assistant (2001), defensive assistant (2002-03) and solely as a quarterbacks coach (2004-05) with the Patriots earlier than including the title of offensive coordinator in 2006.
McDaniels was the pinnacle coach of the Denver Broncos (2009-10) and in addition served a one-year stint as offensive coordinator of the then-St. Louis Rams earlier than returning to the Patriots.
Brady and McDaniels notably engaged in a sideline argument throughout a 2017 sport towards the Buffalo Bills, with the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback apologizing after the competition.
That mentioned, McDaniels supplied a glowing assertion after Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through free company this offseason.
“I have so much gratitude for Tom Brady,” McDaniels wrote. “He has made me a greater coach and extra importantly a greater individual. He has at all times been genuinely type and caring to me and my household. Yet on the similar time, I’ve by no means met anybody as demanding and relentless in his pursuit of enchancment, perfection and championships. His work ethic and drive propelled our offense and our staff to carry out on the very highest degree all through his profession. He represented all of us with class and integrity. We will miss his ardour and depth, his character and knowledge, and his preparation and diligence. I’ll miss all of the conferences, FaceTimes, emails and texts in our pursuit of an excellent play. He at all times carried out his greatest in probably the most essential instances beneath probably the most vital strain. I’ve by no means coached a harder participant in my profession.
“Although I really feel an ideal unhappiness figuring out that he’s leaving the Patriots, I’m grateful for the years we have been collectively and past blessed to name him my good friend. He has made an indelible impression on my life and profession and I’ll endlessly be in his debt.
“He outlined what it means to be a ‘Patriot.’ He is the perfect quarterback to ever play within the NFL. I want him nothing however nice happiness and success in all that he does. There won’t ever be one other Tom Brady.”
Brady, 42, captured three NFL MVP awards and 14 Pro Bowl choices throughout his 20 seasons in New England. Brady is second in NFL historical past in landing passes (541) and passing yards (74,571) to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
—Field Level Media