Man, Patriots conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this one.
It's normally hard for those who hate New England to find a weakness to target. Gleeful critics will be using the Patriots' most recent Super Bowl loss as ammunition for a long, long time, but they can now use Tom Brady's recent absence to suggest the beginning of the end.
The future Hall of Famer will not just be missing the first day of offseason workouts. He will be missing chunks of time throughout the program.
Even after Tom Brady returns from Qatar, I do not anticipate he will be a regular participant in team’s offseason program. He plans to spend more time with family and body coach Alex Guerrero. Brady did miss parts of Pats’ offseason program in 08, 09 and 10 so not unprecedented.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) April 16, 2018
Before this is made into a gigantic deal, it's important to notice the key part of the tweet above. This isn't the first time this has happened.
Brady is 41 years old, but he's the reigning league MVP and is still at the top of his game. He has a unique way of somehow fighting off Father Time with his trainer and "body coach" Alex Guerrero, but that being said, he's spent enough time away from his family. This is a sacrifice all players make, but considering how long Brady has been doing his thing, it's safe to say he's earned a few more days with Gisele and the kids.
On This Date: 18 years ago, the Patriots drafted Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft.— ESPN (@espn) April 16, 2018
The rest is history. pic.twitter.com/M1jCgC4o9q
If Patriots fans are looking for a reason to worry, they can direct all their concerns towards Rob Gronkowski's absence.
Brady hasn't been -- and will never be -- the problem here.