Tom Brady won’t return to his familiar Foxboro stomping grounds until next week, but apparently, the war of words has already begun with Brady’s longtime trainer Alex Guerrero throwing shade at coach Bill Belichick for mistreating his former quarterback. “I think his emotions or feelings never evolved with age,” shared Guerrero, spilling the tea to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “As Tom got into his late 30s or early 40s, I think Bill was still trying to treat him like that 20-year-old kid that he drafted. And all the players, I think, realized Tom was different.”
Guerrero, of course, has his own history with Belichick, who restricted his access to players in 2017 after recommending treatments and medical advice that contradicted team doctors. Brady’s father, Tom Sr., has also been critical of Belichick, relaying to Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston that the future Hall-of-Famer no longer felt wanted in New England, prompting him to leave as a free agent in 2020.
Brady, as he has for much of a career, struck a diplomatic tone when asked to address Guerrero’s comments, deflecting criticism of his former team while declining what would have been a golden opportunity to stir the pot. “I have great respect and admiration for my time there. I had 20 great years there. I kind of spoke that the last 18 months. It was a great time in my life,” Brady expressed to Jenna Laine, who covers the Buccaneers for ESPN. “But I’m really happy to be here and I think we’ve done some great things in a short period of time. I really love the teammates that I have that I’m playing with here. I love the players, love the coaches. The organization’s been amazing.”
Brady’s instant and frankly, unprecedented success in Tampa Bay lends credence to the adage, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” While the Patriots employed an almost militaristic approach throughout their 20-year dynasty, emphasizing conformity and a strict adherence to fundamentals, the Buccaneers (as evidenced by their debaucherous Super Bowl parade) have adopted a much looser culture, achieving equal success through a “work hard, play hard” philosophy championed by coach Bruce Arians.
Brady and the defending champs—winners of ten straight dating back to last season—will visit Gillette Stadium October 3rd at 8:20 PM ET in what could be the most anticipated regular-season game in NFL history.