From the outside looking in, the New England Patriots don’t look like a team and a franchise in crisis. The house that Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft built just finished the regular season 13-3 to claim the AFC’s first seed, a first-round bye and home advantage throughout the playoffs. Brady looks, if not as good as ever, then still the NFL’s best quarterback and the MVP favorite at 40 years old.
Outwardly, the Patriots appear to be moving toward Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis on February 4. Internally, there is chaos. That, at least, is the impression given by an in-depth piece on the organization by ESPN senior writer Seth Wickersham.
Wickersham’s overarching theme in the piece is that Brady has grown too powerful and perhaps too large for the team and franchise. Most of the tension seems to spring from Brady’s well-publicized relationship with Alex Guerrero, his controversial fitness guru and business partner. Guerrero worked with Brady on his book, The TB12 Method, published in September, which has faced criticism for containing pseudoscience and worse. ESPN broadcaster Bomani Jones called it a “con” and a “multi-level marketing scheme, without the multi-levels.”
Guerrero, who has claimed in the past that his Supreme Greens supplement can cure cancer, has apparently driven a wedge between…