Report: Tom Brady, Josh McDaniels' 'Deteriorating Relationship' Fueled Pats Exit

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2020

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands next to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during pregame of an NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Among the reasons Tom Brady left the New England Patriots in free agency was his "deteriorating relationship" with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to NFL columnist Gary Myers.

"Tom was worn out by Josh after all these years," said Myers, who also noted Brady wanted more input in the game plans.

The quarterback signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the expiration of his Pats contract.

McDaniels has been New England's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past eight years. He also spent five seasons as the quarterbacks coach from 2004 to 2008 and held the title of offensive coordinator for three of those seasons.

Altogether, the 44-year-old was on the New England staff for 16 of the 20 years that Brady was on the roster.

The two were involved in a notable argument on the sideline during a 2017 game, but the quarterback apologized afterward.

"A lot of people see it, and they think the nature of our relationship might be something like that, but it's really the exact opposite of that," Brady told reporters. "Been feeling bad all week and haven't had a chance to say it. He knows how much I love him."

McDaniels also heavily praised the veteran signal-caller upon his departure this offseason:

"He has always been genuinely kind and caring to me and my family. Yet at the same time, I have never met anyone as demanding and relentless in his pursuit of improvement, perfection and championships. His work ethic and drive propelled our offense and our team to perform at the very highest level throughout his career."

New England appears ready to go into 2020 with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the top quarterbacks on the depth chart.


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