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Bill Belichick friend: ‘Collision coming’ between Pats, Tom Brady’s trainer

A friend of Bill Belichick has made an ominous prediction about a potential “collision coming” between the New England Patriots and Tom Brady’s trainer.

Brady of course is renowned for a near-maniacal commitment to a rigid workout regimen, not to mention unrelenting dedication to an incredibly restrictive diet.

At the heart of Brady’s routines in those particular areas is personal trainer Alex Guerrero, who also is a business partner of the Patriots signal-caller. And according to one Belichick confidante, the influence exerted upon Brady by Guerrero evidently doesn’t sit well with the Patriots head coach.

Interestingly, the revelation comes amid the news that the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The potential for conflict between Belichick and Guerrero was forwarded in an ESPN The Magazine article about Brady. The piece delves into Brady’s much ballyhooed “TB12 Method,” which is the subject of a recently released book written by the Patriots quarterback.

The relevant passage from the article follows, originally pointed out by NESN:

For the short term, Brady will find himself in the position of being the future of the Patriots — with no end in sight. The Garoppolo trade can be seen as an expression of faith not only in Brady, but also in the TB12 Method. The apparent vote of confidence comes even as Brady has found himself in the middle of a conflict between the Patriots and Guerrero, with Guerrero blaming the team’s trainers for injuries some of his clients have suffered and with Belichick making it resoundingly clear that Guerrero has no actual role on his staff. “There’s a collision coming,” a friend of Belichick’s says, and even without Garoppolo itching to supplant him, Brady is aware of the competing legacies at the heart of the Patriots’ historic success. He says now that he “hopes” he doesn’t play for anyone else, but “I’m also not naive to think I can’t.”

The legacies of Belichick and Brady are inextricably tied together as as the foundations of the Patriots dynasty. Is it possible a rift between Brady’s trainer and Belichick could prematurely end it?