Kraft, Brady, Belichick blast 'fallacies' in report, say 'we stand united'

Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship at Gillette Stadium on Sunday

Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship at Gillette Stadium on Sunday

ESPN's Seth Wickersham published a story late Thursday evening that detailed dysfunction in the Patriots' organization.

The New England Patriots dismissed as "flat-out inaccurate" a report suggesting a rift involving owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

The fundamental differences between Belichick and his football-first Patriot Way and Brady with his TB12 Method, that includes "body coach" and business partner Alex Guerrero, led to cracks appearing this season, ones that even all the success apparently couldn't cover. As a result, players were left trying to decide whether or not to keep the trust of Belichick or Brady. Belichick was not pleased and compared the Patriots to the Browns by saying neither team had a long-term solution at quarterback.

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An email meant to solve problems only created more of them.

Brady's contract talks with Kraft were reportedly somewhat controversial, and with Garoppolo rejecting contract extension offers from the Patriots, Kraft eventually demanded Belichick trade him. Among the frustrations was Brady's apparent reluctance to help Garoppolo develop.

While Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo were friendly and share the same agent, Brady didn't see it as his role to advise Garoppolo. The Patriots released a joint statement of unity from Belichick, Kraft and Brady. When he arrived, the door was locked and they also wouldn't answer his calls. He knocked; nobody was there. Head coach Bill Belichick would prefer players get treated by team doctors. Belichick knows Brady won't be playing forever, so having the next man in line ready to go makes ideal sense.

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All of this leads into the postseason.

Despite the purported off the field issues, the Patriots have thrived on it. Given the fact that ESPN Insider Adam Schefter was more than adamant the Patriots would never trade Garoppolo, the timing of the trade didn't make sense, especially with the team only receiving a second-round draft pick from the 49ers in exchange.

But winning cures everything, right?

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The unanswerable question posed in the story's headline - IS this the beginning of the end? - will play out in the days, weeks and maybe months ahead.

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