Foxborough, MA - Ever since ESPN published an article alleging a rift between the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, the head coach, Bill Belichick, and the quarterback, Tom Brady, last season, rumors have swirled that Belichick and Brady are no longer on the same page and, in some cases, cannot stand each other.
This idea has been furthered by the mass departures this offseason from Patriots stalwarts like Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola, and Malcolm Butler, whose benching during Super Bowl LII fed this controversy since it seemed from a distance like Belichick chose the "Patriot Way" over the best chance to win a sixth championship for the franchise.
When Tom Brady made a point of skipping various offseason events that he is usually in attendance for, it seemed like the glory days of this Patriots double dynasty could finally be coming to an end.
But perhaps, we have been too quick to believe these stories coming from the New England clubhouse as things are starting to look up. After all, Rob Gronkowski opted not to retire, despite the idea that he was considering it. And now, sources are saying Brady may actually be reporting to training camp four days earlier than the rest of his team.
One defensive Patriot has once again gone on the defensive, but this time it is to defend the team as the retired James Harrison claimed that any reports of tension are made up. Harrison noted that they had friction like anyone else in the league, but the duo would talk and interact and he said "there was nothing" to see in terms of strife.
Considering Brady and Belichick are headed back into the trenches for the 2018-19 NFL season, there is reason to believe that Harrison knows what he is talking about.
In the same interview, Harrison went on to say that Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin, the linebacker's old leader with the Pittsburgh Steelers, "by far." He also said that despite wanting to hate Brady, he couldn't because the quarterback is the "ultimate teammate" and the "best ever" quarterback.
Harrison certainly understands the NFL so I do not think we should doubt any of these claims he is making.