For the large chunk of their time together in New England, Tom Brady and long-tenured offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were thought to have a pretty harmonious relationship with one another. Sure, there'd be the occasional sideline jawing match rooted largely in the simple fires of trying to win an NFL game, but, overall, the two seemed to be on the same page throughout the course of Brady's tenure in Foxborough. However, one report suggests that things may not have been as smooth as it's been portrayed.
According to Gary Myers, formerly of the New York Daily News, Brady's "deteriorating relationship" with Josh McDaniels was part of the reason why the quarterback left for Tampa Bay in free agency earlier this offseason. Myers notes that Brady was "worn out by Josh after all these years" and wanted to have more input into the game plan.
This is a rather interesting revelation by Myers as it's mostly been speculated that if Tom Brady were to have a strained relationship with one of his coaches it was going to be Bill Belichick.
On Monday night, Brady took to Instagram to dispel the rumors that McDaniels was a reason he left New England.
"Please stop this nonsense!" Brady wrote. "Please be more responsible with reporting, 19 years together and brothers for life."
It also should be noted that both McDaniels and Brady have praised one another publicly. Upon Brady's decision to leave the Patriots earlier this offseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McDaniels did release a glowing statement about how much it meant for him to coach the six-time Super Bowl champion.
"I have so much gratitude for Tom Brady," McDaniels' statement read. "He has made me a better coach and more importantly a better person. 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. He represented all of us with class and integrity. We will miss his passion and intensity, his character and wisdom, and his preparation and diligence. I will miss all the meetings, FaceTimes, emails and texts in our pursuit of a good play. He always performed his best in the most critical times under the most significant pressure. I have never coached a tougher player in my career.
"Although I feel a great sadness knowing that he is leaving the Patriots, I am grateful for the years we were together and beyond blessed to call him my friend. He has made an indelible impact on my life and career and I will forever be in his debt.
"He defined what it means to be a 'Patriot.' He is the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL. I wish him nothing but great happiness and success in all that he does. There will never be another Tom Brady."
Doesn't exactly sound like one side of a deteriorating relationship, but who knows what happens behind closed doors in the halls of Gillette Stadium. In any event, Brady is now preparing for his first season as a member of the Bucs, while McDaniels and the Patriots are trying to pick up the pieces from his departure and usher in a new era in 2020.