Mike Lombardi on OMF: Tom Brady got tired of Patriots’ culture

Andy Hart
May 14, 2020 - 3:41 pm

It’s been nearly two months since Tom Brady decided his time with the Patriots was up and chose to continue his career in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers.

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But just because TB12’s time in New England is over, doesn’t mean the talk about Brady shockingly changing NFL uniforms after two decades in Bill Belichick’s dynasty in Foxborough has come to an end.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on WEEI Thursday afternoon former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi -- the longtime Belichick confidant who is the father of current presumed New England wide receivers coach Mick Lombardi – was asked about a recent report that Brady left the team in part because of a deteriorating relationship with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

“I think there’s all you need to know,” Lombardi said of Brady swiftly denying the report. “People that have never been in the building don’t understand really what goes on in the building. Do I think Josh and Tom went back and forth? Absolutely. That’s like any family business. You’re going to yell at your brother. You’re going to yell at your sister. You’re doing what’s best. But I think they had great mutual respect for one another. And I think that anybody that thinks Tom left because of Josh or because anything other than I think truly Tom had had enough of the culture, he’d had enough of having to limit himself from his brand and the best way…he did something that’s beyond classy, he said you know what instead of me forcing this down within this system I’m going somewhere else to do it. I think you’ve seen by his actions every single day on Instagram, on Twitter, Howard Stern, he’s doing something he would have never done at New England. You have to applaud him for it, but it has nothing to do with Josh.”

If Brady “had had enough of the culture” with the Patriots, does that mean he was done with Belichick”

“No. I mean the culture,” Lombardi said. “We’re not going to tweet. We’re going to talk about the team. I mean you’re talking…[Brady] built the culture. He built the culture. The very culture he built, he got tired of being in because it limited his after life of football. That’s natural. I mean that’s natural. Just look at Michael Jordan. Just watch ‘The Last Dance’ if you really want to understand it. It’s a competitive environment. I think sometimes you wear on people. But I think, mutually when you win six titles, and you are in competition for [nine]. There is no chance that you’re leaving because you don’t have good relationships with those people. It’s because you just want to do something else in your life. And you’ve got to accept it.”

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