Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said he does not care what people have to say about him pointing out quarterback Tom Brady’s mistakes publicly after Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Arians has not shied away from calling out 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 really care what other people think. So it’s just what he and I think,” Arians said Wednesday with a chuckle. “We left the stadium fine. We showed up today fine. There ain’t nothin’ to talk about.”
On Tuesday, Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre said on his radio show, “The SiriusXM Blitz” with Bruce Murray, that unless the coach and quarterback have an understanding, calling out Brady publicly can lead to tension down the road.
“Getting to Bruce Arians’ comments, true or not, I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre said Tuesday. “Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we’re going to treat you the same even though technically I’m not, so are you OK with it?’ If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree.”
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After the game, Arians was asked about Brady’s two interceptions. He responded, “One was a miscommunication between he and Mike [Evans]. He thought Mike was going down the middle — it was a different coverage — Mike read it right. He should have been across his face, but Tom overthrew it. The other one was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the outlet and it was a pick-six. Bad decision.”
Arians corrected himself Monday, saying Evans was actually at fault for the first interception.
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