With Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium rapidly approaching — the Buccaneers travel to New England for a Sunday night matchup against the Patriots Oct. 3 — discussion of his relationship with Bill Belichick has ramped up.
Earlier this week, Tom Brady Sr. unleashed his own take on how he thinks Belichick viewed his son prior to Brady’s departure as a free agent in 2020.
“Belichick wanted him out the door and last year he threw  touchdowns,” Brady Sr. told NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran. “I think that’s a pretty good year.”
The latest from Brady’s circle to speak out is his personal trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero.
Speaking with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Guerrero described Brady Sr.’s opinion as “the emotions that were spoken by a loving father,” casting his own doubt on whether or not that was exactly how Brady himself felt.
“When you’re in your mid 40s, how often are you calling your dad to talk about your work?” said Guerrero.
Guerrero also offered his thoughts on how the Patriots coach treated the longtime quarterback.
According to Guerrero, a key Belichick principle — treating every player the same — didn’t fit Brady’s circumstances.
“I think in time, with Tom, as Tom got into his late 30s or early 40s, I think Bill was still trying to treat him like that 20-year-old kid that he drafted,” Guerrero told the Herald. “And all the players, I think, realized Tom was different.
“He’s older, so he should be treated differently. And all the players, none of them would have cared that he was treated differently. I think that was such a Bill thing. He never evolved. So you can’t treat someone who’s in his 40s like they’re 20. It doesn’t work.”
Guerrero didn’t feel that winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers brought a stronger feeling of, as Brady Sr. labeled it, “vindication.”
Guerrero said it “could have been a cool story” had Brady stayed in New England, but at this point, the 44-year-old quarterback is motivated purely by a desire to win, not by revenge.
“We have the drive and the will and the determination to win because we love winning,” he said.