It’s been two years since Tom Brady left the New England Patriots and we are still getting more information about his final years with the team. Apparently, Brady’s relationship with Bill Belichick soured to such a degree that he was advocating for another former Belichick assistant to take over.
SI’s Albert Breer said Brady wanted Bill O’Brien to replace Belichick in New England following the 2017 campaign.
“(Bill O’Brien) is who Tom Brady had lined up to be the head coach if he had won the power struggle in 2017. If (Bill) Belichick is out of here after everything that happened in 2017, I’m telling you Bill O’Brien is the head coach,” Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported.
Seth Wickersham reported in his best-selling book about the Patriots, “It’s Better to Be Feared,” that O’Brien tried to get fired from his head coaching job in Houston so he could be available to the Patriots. At the time, O’Brien was in the midst of a power struggle with then-Texans GM Rick Smith, who left in late 2017.
He would eventually be fired, but made his way to the Alabama Crimson Tide coaching staff.
As for Brady, he moved on to the Tampa Bay Bucs, won a Super Bowl, retired, and is now coming back for at least one more season. The seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is going for championship No. 8 in 2022.
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