"I talked to Jonathan, who was okay with it, and I called Bill back and said, 'OK'".
On Friday, Brady, Belichick and Kraft released a joint statement to shed light on their chemistry and rapport, claiming that the speculated theories in the article are "highly exaggerated or flat out inaccurate".
And while the expectation has always been that Belichick's top two assistants - offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia - would be among the top coaching candidates this offseason, the New York Daily News' Gary Myers adds another name to the mix for the Giants: Bill Belichick. "Bill sees an opening - an opening to get to the Giants".
"He wants to be the Giants coach". 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.
Belichick exuded rare emotion as NFL Films documented him before a Patriots-Giants preseason game in 2009, the final year of Giants Stadium. I loved it here. With the team in the midst of another Super Bowl run, a recent report by ESPN's Seth Wickersham suggests a possible tension within the organization that can sink the dynasty sooner rather than later. The New York Daily News notes Giants co-owner John Mara has a close relationship with Kraft, so a deal that doesn't include the Giants' 2018 first-round pick - with which they'll likely select a quarterback - should be feasible.
While it's hard to put much stock into an anonymous source, there could be trouble in paradise up in New England.
"There would have to be some pretty substantial compensation if he wants to coach somewhere else", said a person who knows Belichick.