Patriots Fans Turning On Brady, Belichick

The drama in New England has created a Team Tom and Team Bill divide, Dan Shaughnessy said

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July 17, 2018 - 1:11 pm

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Damon Amendolara used to live in Boston, and as such, he remains plugged into the New England Patriots. He was recently informed that right now is unlike any other time in Patriots history, as some fans are beginning to turn on Tom Brady.

Is that a real thing?

Apparently, yes.

“I think there’s a little of that,” Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy said on The DA Show. “There’s been a lot of noise around that team for the last year-and-a-half. I don’t think any of it impacts too much of them getting where they want to go. Given the caliber of competition in the AFC East and conference, I think they’re back in the AFC Championship. They’re going to win 11, 12, 13 games, get the first-round bye, second-round home game – boom, see how they can do. That goes on – unless Brady gets hurt. 

“Independent of that, I think all the noise we’re hearing is true, that there is trouble at the top (with the) coach, owner, quarterback,” Shaughnessy continued. “There’s anger (that) Garoppolo had to be dealt because Brady stomped his feet about that. Brady not showing up for OTAs, kind of thumbing his nose at it. So those sort of things, some of the football hardliners are not as happy with him, but you know how it will go. Once the games start and he’s slinging it up there and they’re killing the Bills, Dolphins and Jets, it’ll all be good here again.”

But after almost two decades together, Brady and Bill Belichick may have reached a low point. Their relationship may not be bad, but it’s not as good as it once way.

“I find that believable,” Shaughnessy said. “I think you’ve got a coach who’s angry that he had to trade Garoppolo – because he identified the next guy, and I think he takes pride in that. Tom basically outlived the succession plan, which was good for the Patriots and good for the short-term. It might not be good for the long-term, but right now they’re still benefiting off that. But I think the owner got involved and took the side of the player. And here we are. It’s an unusual year in Patriot land because it’s not all harmony and the Patriot Way and they’re different from everybody else and they’re just going to come back and crush you and they’re all together in it.”

Of course, while some Patriots fans have soured on Brady, others have soured on Belichick.

“That Malcolm Butler thing, that’ll never be right,” Shaughnessy said. “And the fact that Bill wouldn’t explain it, you’re either on Team Tom or Team Bill right now, and Team Tom guys are like, ‘Hey, until he explains why Butler didn’t play, he cost Tom a Super Bowl. He cost us a Super Bowl. We don’t like him anymore.’ We got that going on, too.”