Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians pushes back on friction with Tom Brady after first loss
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he and Tom Brady are just fine.
Arians responded to some questions about the chemistry between the Buccaneers head coach and quarterback on Wednesday, saying he could care less about the outside noise:
“Tom and I are fine,” Arians said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “So I don’t really care what other people think. It’s just what he and I think. We left the stadium fine, we showed up today fine. So ain’t nothin’ to talk about.”
Brady threw a pair of interceptions, one of which stemming from an apparent miscommunication with Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans. The other came on an under-thrown ball on an out route, leading to a touchdown return by Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Arians said after the game both interceptions were on Brady, stating the six-time Super Bowl champion made the wrong read particularly on the first interception.
The critique led to some skepticism from the football community, including Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.
Favre questioned whether calling out Brady in Week 1 was the right decision, though he also noted Arians might have explained he would be hard on his quarterback.
Then again, if anyone knows how to channel criticism into productive play, it is Tom Brady.
The former New England Patriots star had his fair share of spats with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, yet that duo helped lead the Pats to multiple Super Bowl titles.
This is only the beginning of Brady’s Buccaneers tenure, and Arians ensured Tampa Bay fans things are good between he and the veteran signal-caller.