SUPER BOWL LII

Brady came this close to leaving Pats after Eagles SBLII win

SUPER BOWL LII

The Eagles' triumphant Super Bowl LII win over the Patriots (41-33) was a watershed moment for the Eagles' franchise.

And, according to a new anecdote from the weeks and months following that incredible game, it nearly ended the Patriots' dynasty where it stood.

In a new book, titled "The Dynasty", author Jeff Benedict gained unprecedented access to the Patriots' key players, and painted a picture of disarray after the Eagles toppled the Patriot Way in February of 2018.

So much so that the Brady-Belichick nearly dissolved after the loss:

"The friction between Brady and Belichick that simmered throughout 2017 after the Patriots historic Super Bowl win over Atlanta came to a head in the weeks following the Super Bowl loss.

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"[Bundchen] pointed out how ridiculous it was that after all these years, Belichick still treated Brady like “f****** Johnny Foxboro.” It was bad enough to never voice approval. It was b******t to still be dressing down the most accomplished quarterback in league history during team meetings and treating his personal trainer and best friend like some kind of outcast.

"When the conversation shifted to the future, Brady and Bündchen indicated it was time for them to make some changes that were in the best interest of their family. Among other things, they were contemplating a change of scenery.

"Kraft wasn’t surprised by their feelings toward Belichick. He hadn’t, however, expected to hear that Brady and Bündchen wanted to leave New England."

 

Plenty of Eagles fans felt like the win over the Patriots was going to put New England's dynasty to rest, and it sounds like it nearly happened. And it wasn't like Brady wasn't still successful with the Pats - he threw for 505 yards in that Super Bowl loss! - so it really would've felt like the Eagles' win destroyed the relationship, rather than just the passing of time.

Eagles fans would've been thrilled.

Of course, Brady and Belichick went on to win another Super Bowl together the very next year, so... it didn't exactly work out that way. 

But for a few days during the 2018 offseason, it seemed to Robert Kraft that the last game Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would play together was a dramatic loss at the hands of Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.

I sure wish we lived in that reality. In fact, I'll just pretend that's what happened. Who's going to stop me?

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