I don't know, relationships are complicated. They may have had an issue in 2008, but smoothed it over by 2009. That doesn't mean it went away entirely. I think the team has some control over the Football Life stuff, so any friction scenes (and they know they're on camera) might have been left on the cutting room floor. As another example, one of the Holley books describes the complicated relationship Belichick had with Lawyer Milloy, where Milloy was a film junkie and a team leader and a pain in the butt who eventually had to go.It's an example of Wickersham pushing the narrative and then using his sources to build the narrative he wants. One watch of the Football Life special with Belichick indicates that there were no issues between Brady and Belichick in 2009.
I was pretty dismissive of this stuff over the past couple years - Brady selling his mansion, the rumored friction between Guerrero and the team, the "Kraft made Brady trade Jimmy" stuff, but in light of the fact that Brady actually did leave, I don't know how we can rule it out.
I agree with all this. And even in his recent contracts, while Brady took less money, he had a lot of guaranteed money, making it difficult for the team to move on.I really think Brady was always gone unless he had assurances he got to stay with the Patriots the way he wanted.
Brady and his father (his father is in San Francisco radio a fair amount) have been pretty open about their belief that it would most likely end badly with Bill and the Patriot way of doing what’s best for the team.
so barring getting the contract that makes it almost impossible for him not to reach age 45 season with the Pats, Brady was always going to chose the leave one year before Bill thinks it’s time to leave you one year before you go south.
Brady got to end it on his terms. He made the choice. And I think that means something to him.
He earned every bit of it, and I wish he was still a Patriot