Tom Brady’s health guru Alex Guerrero and Pats head coach Bill Belichick are at odds. According to Bob Hohler’s story for the Boston Globe, Belichick has stripped Guerrero of his special privileges that include sideline access and flying on the team jets. Every organization has its issues, except the Patriots have never allowed theirs to become public. But what makes it even more unsettling is that fact that it involves our favorite head coach and quarterback duo.
Who is Alex Guerrero?
For those who don’t know, Guerrero is Tom Brady’s trainer and business partner. He was introduced to the team years ago by former Patriot Willie McGinest and has been helping members of the team ever since. He became especially involved with Brady’s recovery after his knee injury in 2008, sticking with him throughout the entire process. More recently, they have opened the TB12 Center located at Patriot Place, just a short walk from the facility. Guerrero also assisted Brady in launching his brand and sharing their methods to feeling young and healthy, no matter the age.
Why All the Fuss?
The medical and training staff of the Patriots have been complaining about Guerrero since 2015, according to a report by the Boston Globe. The fact that other players seek help from Guerrero instead has created a very divisive environment, especially since his methods are always in direct conflict to the staff’s. To make matters even worse, he has been in trouble with the FTC and investigated by state regulators regarding physical therapy practice at the TB12 Center. Belichick has decided that he isn’t going to bite his tongue any longer; but why? What REALLY happened that pushed Bill over the edge?
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
Now, everyone can be upset at Guerrero if they want. But let’s be clear: his methods work! Brady came back from his knee injury better than ever and he’s still going strong. How many quarterbacks can you say, at 40 years old, looked as great as TB 12 does now? AND can still play another three-five years because he’s in such great shape? NONE. Another miracle Guerrero has been able to work involves our favorite TE Rob Gronkowski. Gronk hasn’t played a full season since his second year in the league, all due to injury. But after his back surgery last year, he started working with Guerrero and boy has it paid off. He’s only missed one game due to injury this season and even then it was just precautionary.
Long Term Effects
While members of the team (except Brady) aren’t allowed to visit Guerrero in his office in Gillette, they are allowed to visit him at the TB12 Center. Many are waiting to see if Brady will push the issue and call for Guerrero’s ‘reinstatement’. But if he does, it could no doubt create a bigger rift between him and Belichick. It’s clear Robert Kraft’s ideology is ‘whatever it takes to keep Brady happy, then so be it’. This must be making Belichick feel like his voice isn’t being heard. Keeping with their philosophy of no distractions, this issue more than likely won’t be addressed until the offseason.