Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have, to put it kindly, had a stuttering start to the 2014 NFL season.
The famous franchise go into Week Five with a 2-2 record but that .500 record doesn't tell the whole story of a season dominated my offensive inefficiency and the all round frailty of the team.
Whilst the whole franchise has taken criticism for their shortcomings over the first month of the season, veteran quarterback Tom Brady has bore the brunt of a lot of the disapproving glances - particularly after the Patriots were routed by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. A game that ranks as Brady's worst in QBR terms since 2006.
The three time Super Bowl champ has voiced his concern over the team's performance in recent weeks, condemning a lack of production from the offense as a whole whilst struggling for answers.
And now it seems there may be some friction developing between the Patriots and their beloved hero.
As reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Brady is apparently less than content with recent changes made by the New England hierarchy.
More specifically, Tom Brady is reportedly "uncomfortable" with changes to coaching and playing staff - whilst also being unhappy with his decreased input into the offense in areas such as game planning and personnel packages.
Unhappy times in New England
The Patriots offense had been a cause for concern prior to the onset of the 2014 season with everyone (Brady included) well aware of a lack of standout receiving options.
That being said, no one quite expected them to struggle as they have done.
Only Julian Edelman looks like an agreeable target for Brady who has thrown for an average of just 185 yards per game so far this campaign.
The decision from Belichick to trade away one of Brady's favorties in guard Logan Mankins hasn't helped either - both in terms of protecting Brady on the field and the QB's mood off it.
With such struggles Brady may have every right to feel aggrieved that those in charge are restricting his role.
Dreams turning to nightmares?
What with all of the above there have even been suggestions recently that the unthinkable could happen and Tom Brady could end up at another NFL franchise before his career comes to an end.
For my money this seems highly unlikely but it has happened before with other one-franchise stalwarts such as Brett Favre and Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick isn't the kind of guy who is prone to sentimentality - even with one of his long term key men.
With performances on the field only serving to highlight apparent frustrations off it, New England Patriots fans will be hoping for a a quick turnaround in fortunes to alleviate worries of a fallout that could have serious consequences.
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