Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians’ latest quote about QB Tom Brady won’t sit well with Patriots fans.
Our guess is that New England Patriots fans have very little merited beef with Tom Brady after he opted against signing a new contract in favor of the opportunity to test free agency for the first time in his decorated career.
As we know, Brady ultimately landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who, despite a few shaky performances, have established themselves as one of the favorites to come out of the NFC. The 43-year-old quarterback has performed exceptionally well while surrounded with a cavalcade of dynamic offensive weapons, completing 66% of his passes for 2,739 yards and 23 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions.
Tampa Bay’s success really makes you wonder how much more Brady could’ve accomplished in New England had the franchise made more of an emphasis on equipping him with better weapons. The six-time champion was outspoken about wanting the Patriots to make upgrades, and that served as a huge indictment on the young players around him, especially in his final season in New England.
Well, with this in mind, something tells us that Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians’ latest comments on Brady and his newfound patience with inexperienced players are guaranteed to infuriate the Foxborough faithful.
"“I think the biggest thing is how great a job he does with young players,” Arians said during an appearance on the “Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday. “He’s like having another coach out there. I’ll tell a kid to do something (like), ‘Pump your arms on this’ — I have to tell him five times. And Tom will say, ‘Hey, can you pump your arms?’ ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ ”“When he speaks they all listen. It’s been great. Unbelievable competitor and I love everything about him.”"
We understand that there are a lot of underlying factors contributing to Brady’s willingness to help Tampa Bay’s younger players — like the fact that he doesn’t have to depend on them in the passing game, for instance — but we can’t help but feel that Arians is throwing subtle shade at the Patriots with these comments.
After all, Brady seemingly finding it impossible to connect with rookie wide receivers N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers, among other younger members of the offense, was one of the biggest storylines out of New England in 2019. The fact that his offensive line was decimated by injuries and struggled to protect him only amplified that friction.
Perhaps Brady having more freedom and being relieved of his tension with Bill Belichick has supplied him with the fortitude to help the Buccaneers’ younger players push through their growing pains, but it really makes you wonder why he couldn’t swallow his pride and do the same in the latter stages of his career with the Patriots.
Guess he really grew up between the ages of 42 and 43.