7 things we learned from ESPN's report on Patriots' rift

Oct 15 2017 East Rutherford NJ USA New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady before the game against The New York Jets at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Last month, Brady acknowledged to reporters he had spoken to Belichick about Guerrero's role within the team but did not elaborate.

In the report, Wickersham touches on a number of disagreements between Kraft, Belichick and Brady that could ultimately lead to a breakup of the three in some fashion.

This week, ESPN released a report about the state of the New England Patriots after what has been a usual, but odd regular season for the franchise, especially after some of the moves and trades which they made. After previously allowing Guerrero access to the team and facilities, Belichick revoked that access this season.

By 2011, Guerrero had nevertheless become a key player behind the scenes at the Patriots, where he came up with numerous other supplements of dubious merit. Matt Burke of Metro said Belichick could accept the head coaching job with the New York Giants if the feud boiis over and affects his relationship with Brady.

The surprising trade that took place just ahead of the National Football League trade deadline came out of nowhere. He did so to the San Francisco 49ers, keeping Brady as the starter, but this has reportedly upset the Patriots head coach. Belichick, who is not afraid to move on from a player past his prime, has allegedly continued to grow frustrated with his future Hall of Fame quarterback. According to Wickersham, the end result was Belichick "demoralized" that Kraft made the demand to trade the 26-year-old quarterback in favor of the 40-year-old quarterback who has found the fountain of youth.

After Garoppolo was knocked out of his second start because of a shoulder injury, he set up a visit at TB12. As he later told Patriots staffers, when he arrived, the door was locked. That split reportedly caused some confusion among Patriots players as to where to train and how that could have been perceived as picking one side over the other.

Belichick, Brady and Kraft haven't said anything publicly about divisions within the team.

The New England Patriots have been the most dominant franchise in American sports over the past two decades, but a report from ESPN's Seth Wickersham revealed that all might not be well with the Patriot Way, as a clash of egos has been ongoing among team leadership.

Winning is the ultimate cure for any situation, and the Patriots have a chance to shove all the nonsense aside and let the off-field drama play out after another Super Bowl parade.

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