Bruce Arians chastizing Tom Brady has become a pastime in Tampa Bay this season, and it appears tensions could be running deep.
During an appearance Wednesday on ESPN’s “Get Up,” NFL insider Dan Graziano elaborated on the potential discord between the Buccaneers head coach and his six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
“There’s a lot of theories, obviously it was supposed to work better than this, but one of them is that there is real tension,” Graziano said. “Bruce Arians and Tom Brady just met, right, it’s almost like Arians was watching some sort of movie star action-hero, and then met him in person and said, ‘I thought you’d be bigger.’”
Graziano then added how Brady — who signed a two-year, $50 million deal with the Buccaneers in March — “had the ability to kind of direct how the roster was constructed to a certain extent,” noting the high-profile additions of veteran running backs Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy, the formerly retired Rob Gronkowski, and, most recently, embattled receiver Antonio Brown.
Although Brady has ample weapons at his disposal, frustrations from Arians appears to be stemming over a certain quarterback not holding up his end of the bargain.
“So if you’re Arians, you’re looking, going saying, ‘This is what you wanted, we got you everything you asked for, why aren’t you delivering, why doesn’t it look like it looks in practice.’ And I think you’re seeing some frustration bubbled to the surface,” Graziano said.
Following Monday’s primetime loss to the Los Angeles Rams that dropped the Bucs to 7-4, Arians spoke of the “lack of continuity within the offense.”
“We have Tom calling a lot of his own [plays], or picking his own on the sidelines from the game plan,” Arians said, per to ESPN. “I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not lack of trust — it’s lack of continuity within the offense, of the whole picture.”
Brady threw two interceptions in the loss. He has 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season so far, with a Sunday afternoon showdown against the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs on tap for Sunday afternoon.
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