Bruce Arians surprised Tom Brady didn’t play better, expects a bounce-back

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Bruce Arians showed Sunday night he isn’t afraid to criticize Tom Brady publicly. The Buccaneers coach did it again Monday.

Brady went 23-of-36 for 239 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. It was not what Arians, Bucs fans or perhaps anyone expected out of the GOAT.

“He looked like Tom Brady in practice all the time, so it’s kind of unusual to see that in a ball game because they didn’t do things that we didn’t get ready for. Everything they did, we thought we were ready for,” Arians said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “Some wide receivers have to do a better job of winning one-on-one when he decides to go their way. He put us in the right run checks a couple times. It was a learning experience that way.

“You can’t say that we weren’t in sync because we started out as good as you can start out, going right down the field. Then we don’t get any more chunk plays other than pass interference penalties. I think it’s a great learning experience. It’s just round one of a 16-round fight. And we’ll learn from it.”

The Bucs should look better this week against a lesser opponent in Carolina and a week under their belts.

Brady acknowledged last week he’s still thinking too much in Arians’ offense.

“It’s a situation where all that verbiage, when you’re under the gun, is different, and now you’re getting hit for the first time, too. It’s all different,” Arians said. “He’s had it before. He knows how to bounce back. He knew he didn’t play very well. It’s not what he expects from himself, nor do we expect. I would anticipate him to have a little more grit, a little more determination this week.”

75 responses to “Bruce Arians surprised Tom Brady didn’t play better, expects a bounce-back

  1. The Patriots made their offense around Cam Newtons style….Bruce. not so much with Toms style. He needs running backs that can catch the ball consistently and a great TE.

  2. Unlike the NBA and MLB, you can’t buy a championship in this league. Enjoy the upcoming rebuild, Tampa.

  3. It might not be what Arians expected, but it was EXACTLY what Belicheck knew was coming. No one outruns Father Time. By the end of the season Belicheck will be proven right once again. Brady is done

  4. Hey, he is the greatest of all time, without question. He can take criticism, for heavens sake, he’s won 6 times! I think he will play better, and I think Arians is a good coach, but you know, father time comes for everyone at some point.

  5. Yeah, because your secondary blows and you can’t hitt the qb in practice, dummy.

    How did this guy get another head coaching job again?

    He’s always been a blowhard.

  6. Carolina’s not going to be as tough an opponent than this year’s Saints, but the Panthers looked pretty good against the Raiders so I don’t think the Bucs can consider this week’s game an easy one. I was actually quite surprised (and pleased as a Panther fan) at how well they played against Gruden’s team.

  7. Hmmm. Let me guess. Marches right down the field at beginning of game and doesn’t score again until mid 2nd half? That’s been Brady for three years now (sans post season running game a couple of years ago).

  8. Tom’s not used to a left tackle that constantly gets burned. Smith was awful. He had Light, Solder and Brown for 18 years. All top tier protecting the blind side.

  9. The difference is that in practice you can prepare all you want but Tom cannot get hit. The bullets were live in week one and you could tell it was a problem for Brady.

  10. Tampa is a loaded team. I hope Tom plays better as well. Some of those bounced passes or airmailed ones were similar to what I watched last year in NE.
    Defenses will continue to crowd the line, and apply pressure often. It’s been working.

  11. He needs running backs that can catch the ball consistently and a great TE.

    He has 3 very good ZTE’s in Brate Howard and Gronk, the same guy he had in NE
    he also has a pretty stacked backfield, what are you talking about?

  12. A lot of QB’s were rusty. Tom never played in a game with any of those receivers. Never played a game with that O-Line. Geez Bruce. You should know that.

  13. Maybe Brady wasn’t playing great but the whole team was sloppy and that’s on Arian, who coached them last year when they were the league most penalized team.

  14. Arians always has a great quote and tells the press exactly what is on his mind. Not sure how Brady is going to take that long-term. He didn’t always love BB but the big difference is BB never said anything negative to the press–everything was kept in house–and that’s not something Arians is very good at.

  15. What do they expect? Byron Leftwich is the offensive coordinator. Safe to say Tom isn’t taking orders from him.

  16. Did any of you commenting actually watch the game? No preseason, new offense, and they all made some mental errors. Maybe they bought into the hype a bit. They played well otherwise. Barring injury, I do not think this loss is indicative of what the rest of the season will look like.

  17. gronkhof says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    Tom’s not used to a left tackle that constantly gets burned. Smith was awful. He had Light, Solder and Brown for 18 years. All top tier protecting the blind side.

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    Wynn as well who has been superb so far in his games last year and on Sunday.

  18. charliecharger says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm
    A lot of QB’s were rusty. Tom never played in a game with any of those receivers. Never played a game with that O-Line. Geez Bruce. You should know that.

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    but, but, but we were told Brady is such a legend he doesn’t need OTAS (even though he said they were important back in 2013), or anything other than stat padding WRs and TEs.

  19. jimjets says:
    September 14, 2020 at 3:51 pm
    Hey, he is the greatest of all time, without question. He can take criticism, for heavens sake, he’s won 6 times! I think he will play better, and I think Arians is a good coach, but you know, father time comes for everyone at some point.

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    When has Arians been a good coach besides an offensive coordinator who got his qbs hit a league leading amount of times?

  20. When Peyton started with the Broncos against the Steelers, you could tell right away it was going to work. Watching Brady yesterday, left a lot of questions. The people who are predicting the Bucs offense will get better may very well be disappointed.

  21. Given its Prince Brady, I’m sure the bus Arians pushed him in front of was a very fancy one with chrome and leather and wood trim and such.

    Nothing but the best for royalty.

  22. As usual overreacting Monday to ONE game.

    Did he have a great game , no
    Was it as bad as people are making it out to be , no

    He completed 64% of his passes
    The two 40 yards down the sidelines to Miller and Evans were perfect
    The one 40 yards down the seam to miller was perfect
    The 30 yards corner route to Godwin was perfect

    So his arm strength is clearly still there regardless of what the Brady crybabies say. He moved okay in the pocket.

    It’s ONE game.

  23. No shame in losing yesterday, not many teams will beat the
    2020 Saints team. They are in the elite class again this season.

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm
    When Peyton started with the Broncos against the Steelers, you could tell right away it was going to work. Watching Brady yesterday, left a lot of questions. The people who are predicting the Bucs offense will get better may very well be disappointed.

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    I agree it didn’t click like people thought it should. However, two main differences to Peyton at the Broncos. Peyton had a full offseason. Peyton was 36 years old when he started with the Broncos. That was 7 years and 3 Super Bowl wins ago for Brady. He’s not what Peyton was in 2012 anymore. Brady may still be able to effective and we will see, but certainly not at the same level he was in 2013 and 2014.

  25. Well, we’re already at 3 consecutive games with pick 6s, maybe this next week, he’ll set the record with 4 consecutive games.

  26. Arians is an awful head coach. The false starts and penalties with no crowd noise are on him. The blocked fg is poor preparation. This is where Belichick really helped the Pats. Brady was sensational, but Belichick ensured that the team was thoroughly prepared and his special teams are always top notch..This why they were such a deadly combination.

  27. They call it over-reaction Monday for a reason. Having the over-reaction come from the coach is a bit of a surprise.

  28. gronkhof says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    Tom’s not used to a left tackle that constantly gets burned. Smith was awful. He had Light, Solder and Brown for 18 years. All top tier protecting the blind side.

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    I agree with that, but Light won’t even get a sniff at the HOF. That doesn’t make sense to me. How can the LT of the most accomplished (and healthy) QB of all time not get a look.

  29. @jayo_valentine says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:09 pm
    But the Cam Newton haters said he would throw a pick 6 in week 1. 😂

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    I think BB put him in a pretty great position to succeed early in the game. Very conservative.

  30. ahzroc says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:52 pm
    Not one word about the Saints D playing pretty darn well.

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    Sure but they also start slow and there was no crowd noise for Brady.

  31. acemagee45 says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:20 pm
    The difference is that in practice you can prepare all you want but Tom cannot get hit. The bullets were live in week one and you could tell it was a problem for Brady.

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    I thought it was more about two terrible throws and then sloppy play that put them in 3rd and long situations. Overall the Bucs still moved the ball enough and their D was a bright spot. A few better decisions and they would have made a real game out of it. The Saints were clearly the more prepared team, but that was expected.

  32. Don’t worry. It’ll take awhile for Tampa Bay to steal signals, tape practices, etc. so that Tommy knows what the defense will do in advance.

  33. Total lack of creativity in regard to Tampa ground game. Trying to zoom in Jones on 1st and 2nd in the center did equate to send him in a wall. We are far from the variety of run schemes, interwoven with short passes, we were accustomed when Brady was in NE.
    We have to assume it would have given some firepower on offense, from which Brady could build, and slowly establish something with his receivers.
    This old school mentality of one featured back, would make sense only with a special talent like Zeeke (as an example).
    I hope Brady has some say in the play calling, and that they throw in Vaughn and Calais, whom they drafted at 76 and 245 respectively, and mix in Fournette and Jones, and then create some misdirections, change of pace, anything beyond that first degree approach in the ground game.

  34. Hey Bruce I wasn’t surprised. Saints were even trying to run up the score on you at the end of the game to show you its there division.

  35. “they didn’t do things that we didn’t get ready for. Everything they did, we thought we were ready for,” Arians said”
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    Way to pat yourself on the back Bruce.

  36. Like I’ve said for a decade or more, be leary of ANY QB that just changed teams, its too much for any QB to get down a new playbook, learn the entire offense, build a rapport with the new players and get their timing down, learn the new coaches, etc,etc! That doesn’t happen in just a few weeks of training camp and 4 preseason games which teams didn’t have a full training camp this year or any preseason games, so it’s going to take a while longer than a normal season, but make no mistake Brady will be fine, RELAX!

    Even for Brady!

  37. Maybe “no risk it no biscuit” doesn’t mesh with Brady’s style. I mean he like to do the short passing, checkdown offense with the occasional big play. Pretty much opposites.

  38. @jayo_valentine says:
    September 14, 2020 at 4:09 pm
    But the Cam Newton haters said he would throw a pick 6 in week 1. 😂
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    Hard to throw a pick-6 when they hardly let him throw! Cam threw 60% less passes than Brady did on average in NE, most plays were straight from the Tebow playbook, Tebow left, Tebow right, Tebow up the middle with the only difference being it was Cam running the plays!

  39. Brady is about one thing and one thing only now. His brand and that’s what will make him fail this season. This guy has been pushing wellness, concussion water and avocado ice cream through his TB12 venture for five years now and we see him in a Doritos commercial? It’s all about him and not the team.

    PS. I’m a life long Foxboro resident, Pat’s flag waving wonk. Good luck Bruce because this guy might cost you your job for actually criticizing him to the media.

  40. Brady & Belichick = Lennon & McCartney, the sum is greater than the individual parts, although each will do well without the other, they won’t reach the heights they did together.

  41. Not sure what everyone was expecting without a preseason. That’s 4 weeks for Brady to get in sync with his new receivers and RBs in game situations and he didn’t have it. Notice how Rivers looked bad and checked down the entire game for Indy? Same issue as Brady. I don’t care if a QB is a rookie or the GOAT, those 4 weeks are important for QBs when joining a new team.

  42. You people are really stretching it. Brady played against New Orleans, and the Patriots played Miami. If that’s apples to apples, you must be talking road apples.

  43. Bruce better be careful,, I don’t think Tom needs to be told publicly he didn’t play well ,Tom knows these things !

  44. Brady threw 4 INTs in the opener in 2003, and went on to go 14-2 and win the the SB. Only the ignorant draw conclusions after one game.

  45. Brady was visibly declining LAST year.
    Bruce needed to watch Brady try to throw the football.
    This won’t last long.

  46. Tom Brady is/and maybe was a great quarterback. However in the salary cap/free agency era there have been a several ‘great quarterbacks’ with many years on a team that have won 2 superbowls at the most. Why?

    Because Bill Belichick has been the master of almost completly remaking the Patriots every 4 years.

    Some of it is drafting. Some of it is free agents. as many have pointed out the Patriots don’t hit on every draft pick of free agent. Maybe it’s Belichicks ability to let a player walk for more money. Maybe it’s coaching. Maybe it’s general managing.

    Whatever it is Belichick has it.

  47. As usual, haters out way ahead of themselves here. Easy to forget the 101 yards of defensive PI against the Saints, which would have put Brady at more like 330 yds passing. One of those throws was a beauty to Evans, long bomb. It appears Arians has changed his mind and is now recognizing Evans cut his route off incorrectly. The pick 6 was a terrible decision.
    Overall, given no preseason games, the lack of familiarity with players, terminology, and a crappy offensive line (LT in particular), I’d rate Brady’s performance as above average. Not great, but not bad either. He can still sling it.
    Brees, on the other hand, is losing his fastball. He can still be effective given his accuracy and playmakers but Father Time is absolutely grabbing him by the arm. Not so for Brady– yet.

  48. The Patriots dynasty was a combination of the QB, coach and a great roster.

    At 43 Tom Brady probably won’t help the Buccaneers make the playoffs, but he can still have a productive season. That will be a combination of his age, Tampa Bay not being as good as people thought and the game changing from when Brady used to dominate.

    Whatever happens this season does not shift the credit from one party to the other for the dynasty.

  49. Lets not forget the saints had a whopping 160 yards passing and 2.2 yards per carry on the ground. New Orleans had everything in their favor and only won by 11. And its the first game of the year,smh.

  50. You should be “surprised” at the performance of your whole team. Can’t think of one good thing you guys did. Oh, and those special teams? Loved how you handled the kick off. Very Pop Warner. BTW Bruce, I doubt if Tom Brady makes it through the season. He got the hell beat out of him. Tom, you’re not in the AFC East anymore.

  51. It’s what I expected. I have been saying for years, put Tom on any other team and he will not “look” like the same QB. He’s a decent QB that has benefited from being on the best coached team. Tom on another team is just like any other QB. And now we are seeing the proof of that. Age has nothing to do with it. It’s talent, or lack thereof.

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