Brady de­fends bond with Pats’ OC Mc­Daniels

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Wednesday - By Rick Stroud

For a quar­ter­back, Tom Brady plays a lot of de­fense.

Brady on Mon­day strongly de­nied a re­port by long­time NFL writer Gary My­ers that he had a “de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tion­ship” with his for­mer of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

We’ve heard a lot off rea­sons for Brady’s de­par­ture af­ter 20 sea­sons and six Su­per Bowl wins in New Eng­land: He was tired of play­ing un­der the firm grip of coach Bill Belichick; he wanted a longer-term con­tract; he wanted to prove he was more re­spon­si­ble for all of the Pa­tri­ots’ suc­cess; he wanted to play in warm weather.

Nearly all of those theories have been de­nied by Brady.

Now comes the re­port by My­ers that an over­looked as­pect of Brady’s de­ci­sion to leave the Pa­tri­ots and sign with the Bucs was his re­la­tion­ship with of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Josh Mc­Daniels.

My­ers sug­gested Brady wanted more in­put on game plans, some­thing he will get in Tampa Bay un­der Bruce Ari­ans and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor By­ron Leftwich.

Brady re­sponded on In­sta­gram, strongly deny­ing there was ever any rift be­tween him and Mc­Daniels. He shared im­ages of My­ers’ Pro Football Talk head­lines with the words, “Please stop this non­sense!” and “Please be more re­spon­si­ble with re­port­ing.”

Brady added, with re­spect to Mc­Daniels, “19 years to­gether and brothers for life.”

Brady hasn’t thrown a football in a sanc­tioned Bucs prac­tice yet this sea­son, so the fo­cus still is on why he left the Pa­tri­ots rather than why he joined the Bucs.

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