“You’re talking about Tommy. He knows 100 percent that if Belichick feels like he can replace him at a lower number with somebody that’s going to give him comparable production, that’s it.

And he knows that unequivocally, and he’s even commented on it.

“In terms of their relationship, you know you work with somebody for 18 or 19 years or whatever — I mean, it’s not always going to be warm and fuzzy. Especially when it’s Belichick, who’s not warm and fuzzy to begin with, particularly in a work environment. So is there some tension? I’m certain that there is, but that stress and tension can drive attention to detail. It can drive work ethic. …

“Belichick’s great at creating that discomfort. And to be honest with you, I think Tommy thrives on it.”

Sometimes that tension can be good, and it certainly has for Tom and Bill. 

But after a certain point, that tension can grow tiresome.  

Maybe Tom is in need of a change of scenery?  

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