Bruce Arians mocks Patriots for manipulating Tom Brady
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New Orleans Saints 30-20 on Sunday to advance to the NFC Championship game.
After the fact, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians couldn’t help but try a small shot against the New England Patriots – who struggled a lot after a messy breakup with Tom Brady .
“A consummate leader,” Arians said of Brady Peter King of NBC Sports. “Has been all year. I have the air of confidence that permeates our team every day. I allow him to be himself. Like, New England didn’t allow him to train. I allow him to coach. I just sometimes sit and watch.
When Brady left the Patriots, despite what people have said publicly, it was a very acrimonious separation. Various New England players came out and talked about how happy they were that Brady was gone; several Patriots assistant coaches laughed at Brady’s struggles throughout the season; Head coach Bill Belichick tried to make it sound like Cam Newton would be a sufficient replacement; And both sides just came out very annoyed.
Deshaun Watson is unsure where he wants to be traded. https://t.co/OBlAjvKpbQ
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Given all of this, Brady and Arians relishing their success and failure for the Patriots, who couldn’t even make the playoffs, is understandable.
That said, their first season together didn’t go perfectly, either. The Arians have publicly criticized Brady more than and more than and more than and more than again. Brady bristling with the way we talked to him by someone who had accomplished much less. It was bad there for a while.
The Ravens kept it real after Lamar Jackson’s last playoff flop. https://t.co/zmz16PZho1
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Plus, despite all of their conflicts, Brady and Belichick have accomplished a lot more together than the Arians can ever hope for with his quarterback. The Patriots have won six Super Bowls and appeared in a grand total of nine of them with Brady and Belichick at the helm – the Bucs likely won’t even make it through the conference championship.
Tampa Bay beat New Orleans for the first time this year and the coaching staff is understandably excited. But the Arians have a habit of letting his mouth write checks his team struggles to cash later, and laughing at a dynasty when he hasn’t yet accomplished anything remarkable himself- even might not be the best look.