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Despite Guerrero situation, Belichick says Brady preparation is top-notch

Despite Guerrero situation, Belichick says Brady preparation is top-notch

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said something during his press conference on Wednesday that may have been intended as a way to quickly move on to another question. But in some ways, it only raised prompted more questions. 

Asked about his working relationship with Tom Brady this year, Belichick said, "Every year is different." On Friday, the follow-up was, what makes this year different?

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With the Boston Globe reporting that Tom Brady's body coach Alex Guerrero has had his access to the Patriots restricted, that topic seems pertinent. Guerrero is Brady's business partner and one of his best friends, and Brady has credited his work with Guerrero for allowing him to thrive on the field into the late stages of his career.

The Globe explained that Brady is still allowed to work with Guerrero at Gillette Stadium, but if other players want to meet with Guerrero it will have to be at the TB12 shop Brady and Guerrero operate about a five-minute walk from the Patriots locker room at Patriot Place.

Belichick indicated that any changes have not impacted Brady's preparation in a negative fashion.

"Different teams. Different players. I mean, [Brady] is great to work with," Belichick said. "Nobody's better prepared than Tom. Obviously always ready to go, always on top of it. Really takes coaching well. Got a lot of good ideas. But each year's different. Our team's different. Our players are different. Our opponents are different. Every week's different."

Asked specifically if the Guerrero situation had altered the working relationship between head coach and quarterback -- the Globe wrote that "the development has created some friction in Foxboro" -- Belichick questioned the sourcing of the Globe's story. 

"This is another with no sources, right? I'm not gonna get into that," he said.

Belichick would not comment on whether or not Guerrero's access to the Patriots has been restricted. He has in the past referred to Guerrero as being similar to any outside party with whom a player consults, and he expressed a similar sentiment Friday.

"Look we have a lot of people that work for our team outside of the team," he said. "There's different relationships, different situations with dozens of other people. So I'm not going to go through it case by case on what everybody does and so forth. That would be impossible to do. Not going to do it."

Part of the dynamic with the relationship between Guerrero and the Patriots is how his ideas clash with those of the team's medical, training and strength and conditioning staffs. There has long been tension there based on differing viewpoints, but by restricting Guerrero's access, Belichick has in a way shown Patriots employees his support.

Asked specifically about Moses Cabrera, the team's head strength and conditioning coach, Belichick praised the work he's seen from him.

"Great. He's been great," Belichick said. "Does a great job. Our team's in good condition. They're strong. They're in condition. Train well. I think he gets the most out of them."

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.