Bill Belichick and Tom Brady set their own personal feelings for each other aside in order to achieve success but the reported rocky relationship eventually resulted in Brady setting off to Tampa Bay.
If Brady had stayed with the Patriots and gave Robert Kraft one of those “it’s him or me” ultimatums, things could’ve looked very different in Foxborough. In a discussion about if there is going to be a head coaching change in Tampa, The MMQB’s Albert Breer dismissed the idea that Bruce Arians would be replaced but did say that Brady was set to have Bill O’Brien replace Belichick in 2017.
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“That’s who was going to be the head coach, that’s who Tom Brady helped line up as the head coach if he had won the power struggle with Bill Belichick in 2017. If Belichick is out of here, after everything that happened in ’17, I’m telling you Bill O’Brien would be the head coach.”
That obviously didn’t happen and not only did Brady win NFL MVP in 2017, the Patriots won the Super Bowl the next year. Whether or not that actually had a chance of happening, Patriots fans were probably okay with the fact that it didn’t.