Tom Brady’s longtime personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, took some shots at Bill Belichick and the Patriots franchise earlier this week.
Guerrero alleged that Belichick didn’t know how to treat Brady during his final years with the franchise.
“The interesting thing I think there — and this is just me, an outsider looking in — it was like Bill never really … I think his emotions or feelings never evolved with age,” Guerrero said, via the Boston Herald. “I think in time, with Tom, 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.
“He’s older, so he should be treated differently. And all the players, none of them would have cared that he was treated differently. I think that was such a Bill thing. He never evolved. So you can’t treat someone who’s in his 40s like they’re 20. It doesn’t work.”
While that might be true, a 2020 comment from Belichick would suggest otherwise.
“Over the last two decades, everything we did, every single decision we made in terms of major planning, was made with the idea of how to make things best for Tom Brady,” Belichick said of his relationship with Brady.
In light of Alex Guerrero's comment that Bill Belichick "never evolved," consider this 2020 comment from BB:
"Over the last two decades, everything we did, every single decision we made in terms of major planning, was made with the idea of how to make things best for Tom Brady."
— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) September 25, 2021
The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
For now, though, much will continue to be made of the Patriots’ decision to let Brady leave in free agency.