This week, ESPN released a report about the state of the New England Patriots after what has been a usual, but strange regular season for the franchise, especially after some of the moves and trades which they made.
The report stated that a power struggle was occurring at the Patriots, saying there's a growing friction between quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft, with much of it stemming from the issue with Alex Guerrero, Brady's trainer and business partner.
Guerrero and Brady's work together has reportedly produced confusion on the team as players don't know whether to work with Brady and Guerrero or the team's medical staff. After previously allowing Guerrero access to the team and facilities, Belichick revoked that access this season.
As well as this, the report also states the team was at odds over moving on from Brady to backup Jimmy Garoppolo, with Belichick reportedly feeling the 26-year-old could eventually replace the 40-year-old and keep the team in championship contention.
Brady's contract talks with Kraft were reportedly somewhat controversial, and with Garoppolo rejecting contract extension offers from the Patriots, Kraft eventually demanded Belichick trade him. He did so to the San Francisco 49ers, keeping Brady as the starter, but this has reportedly upset the Patriots head coach.
While the future and the legitimacy of this report is unknown, the agent of both Brady and Garoppolo, Don Yee, has given his reaction to it since he knows both quarterbacks involved very well.
The statement from Brady's agent reads, according to Tom Pelissero: "I don't really know what to say — it's tough to have a response since it didn't appear to me to have one on-the-record quote. All I can suggest is don't believe everything you read."
The Patriots are unlikely to comment on this directly until their playoff run is over, which judging by the way they have been playing this season might not be until after the Super Bowl, just so that it isn't a distraction for the team. Until then, it's anyone's guess as to whether the team is still together, or is breaking apart.