On Friday, ESPN's Seth Wickersham reported that a rift between Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft was threatening to bring an 18-year run of unprecedented success to an abrupt end after the season.
"Absolutely", he told reporters on a conference call ahead of the Patriots' AFC divisional round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Belichick, the reality is the ESPN story contains details - including a claim that that Kraft ordered the coach to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo - that seemed to come either from the coach or someone close to the coach.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft denied certain parts of an ESPN story about his team. Only if we let it. "I think, for so long, we've proven that we ignore the noise, do our job, speak for ourselves, and focus on what we need to do to help the team win". "I think for a long time we have done a great job of winning games and it forces people to be creative with what they talk about, the things that they write and the things they speculate on because diagnosing football plays doesn't get the attention that some of these other things might". To think anything differently of that is complete nonsense. "I'm not really interested in responding to all those random, and I would say in a lot of cases, baseless comments".
"I don't think so", he said.
"Look, I know we've been through this before", Belichick said Monday. "I want my focus and energy to be where it needs to be, which is on the biggest game of the year and that is what I know I will personally accomplish and I know that will be a big goal for our team this week, too".
Brady was asked specifically about his relationships with Kraft and Belichick, with Westwood One's Jim Gray calling the former "an owner who treats you like a fifth son" and the latter "a genius of a coach who's won five Super Bowls with you, who would like to get rid of a player a year or two early rather than a year or two late". He's a great person, man. He's been like a second father to me in so many ways. "I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and unattributable". I certainly couldn't be the player I am today without playing for such a great coach. I continue to love my experience.
The biggest takeaway from Brady's comments is he doesn't believe the working environment on the Patriots has changed in 18 years. They change places. Great players change, coaches change, ownership changes. I love this team, I love this organization, and hopefully we can go out and make everybody proud by finishing this season the right way.