FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 31: Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 chat before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

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For the previous 17 years, the New England Patriots have been the NFL’s mannequin franchise, led by the ability construction of proprietor Robert Kraft, coach Invoice Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady.

Whereas the crew continues to roll this season, claiming the highest seed within the AFC with Brady the possible MVP, a prolonged piece by Seth Wickersham of ESPN exhibits indicators the highly effective trio could also be beginning to crack.

Brady has all the time adopted the chain of command related to the crew and brought effectively to Belichick’s usually robust teaching, however it seems that is beginning to put on on the 40-year-old, based on Wickersham:

“As his age has elevated, Brady has turn into an advocate of constructive considering. Belichick’s negativity and cynicism have gotten outdated, Brady has instructed different Patriots gamers and employees. He feels he has achieved sufficient that he should not need to endure a lot grief. Patriots staffers have seen that this 12 months greater than ever, he appears to volley between unwavering confidence and driving insecurity. Brady has famous to employees just a few instances this 12 months that, irrespective of what number of game-changing throws he makes, Belichick hasn’t awarded him Patriot of the Week all 12 months.”

Say what you’ll in regards to the weekly award, the very fact Brady is the possible MVP of the league and hasn’t been acknowledged as the most effective participant on his crew as soon as this season is pretty exceptional. He performed three video games that noticed his quarterback ranking above 130, together with an unbelievable efficiency in opposition to the Houston Texans the place he was 25-of-35 for 378 yards and 5 touchdowns.

If there may be stress contained in the Patriots locker room, it actually is not affecting their play on the sphere. The AFC East champions are off this week on a bye earlier than internet hosting a playoff contest subsequent weekend.

With Belichick on the helm and Brady at quarterback, the Patriots have been to seven Tremendous Bowls since 2001, with one other a definite chance this season. Judging by Wickersham’s report, it would not be probably the most shocking factor on the earth if that is the final for both man in Foxborough.