TAMPA, Fla. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians does not care what people say about him, pointing out quarterback Tom Brady’s mistakes in public after Sunday’s defeat to the New Orleans Saints.
The Arians have not avoided calling players in the media in the past, and he said Wednesday that he believes his relationship with Brady is healthy.
“Tom and I are fine. I don’t care what other people think. So that’s just what he and I think,” Arians said Wednesday with a laugh. “We left the stadium fine. We came out well today. There is nothing to talk about.”
On Tuesday, Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre said in his radio program, “The SiriusXM Blitz”
“Coming to Bruce Arians’ comments, true or not, I think the last person you want to call on after this year’s first game is Tom Brady,” Favre said Tuesday. “Now, maybe they had a mutual ceasefire that went into the game and went into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be tough on you. I want the guys to know we have to treat you the same, even if it’s technical. I’m not, then are you okay with that? ‘If they have that ceasefire, great.
After the game, Arians was asked about Brady’s two interceptions. He replied, “One was a misunderstanding between him and Mike [Evans]. He thought Mike was going down the middle – it was another cover – Mike read it right. He should have been across his face, but Tom knocked it over. The other was a video card with an electrical outlet called. He threw the socket and it was a pick-six. Bad decision. “
Arians corrected himself Monday, saying Evans was actually to blame for the first interception. But Favre still took questions.
“Dissension could easily come in quickly,” said Favre, who has a unique perspective after spending 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers before joining the New York Jets in 2008 and the Minnesota Vikings from 2009 to 2010. “Maybe they did holy it does not do anything that they were not ready for, other than we did not protect very well, Tom gets hit a few times, you get a little nervous, it happens. “
The Arians have maintained a close relationship with their quarterbacks, telling ESPN when he was first hired by the Bucs in 2019 that quarterbacks “became my sons.” He even joked that getting a little too close to Ben Roethlisberger was one of the reasons he was fired by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He goes golfing with his quarterbacks. He invites them to his lake house in Georgia. And he believes in having an open and honest relationship with them.
But he also believes in holding them accountable, just like all his players, which is why he puts their names on weekly responsibility sheets. That’s also why he cursed Brady in a review early in camp.
“He gets cussed like everyone else,” Arians said of Brady during camp, adding, “He likes to throw the ball in passes and we don’t throw the ball in passes.” Brady responded on Twitter: “I’m used to it!” with a laughing emoji. Brady is no stranger to tough coaching. He has been cursed by Bill Belichick in training camp practice. He got into a shout-out with former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
What sets Arians apart from other coaches is that he avoids coachspeak and tends to be more sincere towards the media. If he thinks a player is underperforming or that the players around him should step up, he will say so. Still, he has flooded Brady with praise. He adheres to mentor Bear Bryant’s philosophy of “Coach them hard, hug them later.”
Favre believes that Arians should adhere to Belichick’s methods of keeping things internal.
“Bruce Arians is the head coach, he wants to do it the way he wants to do it – and I’m not saying it’s right or wrong – but what happened in New England for so many years is that it worked,” Favre said. “And I’m not saying it’s the right formula, but it’s definitely one of the right formulas. I just can ‘t see anything good coming out of calling your quarterback out.
“And we’m not just talking about a quarterback – we’re talking about the biggest acquisition perhaps in football history. I do not care if he’s 43 or 33 or 21. Collectively say, ‘We have to play better, from quarterback to kicker, we have to play better, we have to train better. To get where we want to go, that’s what we have to do. ‘And let it be. “
As far as the public wrote off Brady and the Bucs after a game, Arians said on Wednesday: “I was amused when they handed us the Lombardi trophy in July. But yes, it’s part of the business. You go with it. It is one week at a time, one day at a time.We win a few games, everyone will be back on the bandwagon, happy [laughs]. It’s just part of the game. “