Brett Favre: Bruce Arians is “barking up the wrong tree” to call out Tom Brady

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One of the most surprising developments from Week One came in the aftermath of the Buccaneers-Saints game, when Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians publicly called out quarterback Tom Brady, not once but twice. That’s something Patriots coach Bill Belichick has never done, to Brady or to any other quarterback.

“I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “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. Dissension could easily enter quickly. Maybe the Saints didn’t do anything that they were not ready for other than we didn’t protect very well, Tom gets hit a couple of times, you get a little jittery, it happens. First half of the Super Bowl against the Falcons he was getting nailed, played lackluster at best. They went in, had a ‘Come to Jesus’ at halftime, they don’t even come close to touching him in the second half, and he’s flawless. So they clean up the protection, the timing, the chemistry will come. Will it come overnight? I highly doubt it but it will come pretty quickly though and they very easily could be 4-1 after five weeks.”

Favre sees plenty of good in Brady’s first game with a team other than the Patriots.

“Tom’s performance was not what we’ve come to expect from him but I’ll say this, it wasn’t far off,” Favre said. “And you’re right, the first drive I think most people said, ‘Well, he hasn’t missed a beat. That’s typical Tom.’ I was a little bit surprised at how he started. I was not surprised with how the rest of the game unfolded. New team. He’s been in a familiar environment forever. And then all of a sudden not only is he with a new team, football itself is totally different right now. No preseason. Yeah, we saw, we heard where he was getting some kind of workout in, whether it be virtual or in the parking lot. But, look, its not even close to the equivalent of real bullets. And they protected OK. Tom, you know, if you protect him he’s gonna pick you apart, I don’t care if it is new receivers or not. And it just wasn’t typical protection. I’m not blaming the line, I’m not blaming Tom Brady.”

Here’s the reality: The Buccaneers got a tough draw to start the year. They have much easier contests on the horizon with a home game against the Panthers, a trip to Denver (which actually has been a house of horrors for Brady), a visit from the Chargers, a trip to Chicago, and a visit from the Packers followed by games at Las Vegas and the Giants.

A 5-3 record at the turn seems the minimum. Either 6-2 or 7-1 are attainable. Regardless, a loss in Week One means only that Tampa Bay’s best possible record is 15-1.

27 responses to “Brett Favre: Bruce Arians is “barking up the wrong tree” to call out Tom Brady

  1. He had to know what Arians was like, didn’t he? I mean, he would throw his own mother under the bus. Clown coach.

  2. I was thinking the same thing about Arians letting Brady know he’s going to be extra hard on him. If not, it comes off as Arians trying to show everyone he’s in charge. A coach SHOULD be in charge, but i think a move like that would be selfish, unless he’s going to do it to everyone who played poorly. I still remember Bill parcels not starting Eddie George in Dallas when George was about to break a record for consecutive starts(I think that was the record) and parcels had him on the bench to start the game because he said something like he didn’t want individual records on his team. All that showed me was that parcels wanted it all about him and he wanted to let everyone know that.

  3. I have doubts that they can get to 6-2, the offense has not jelled yet. They may be good at the end of the season, but the are not an above average team yet.

  4. Bad look from Arians, the blowhard he is. I would imagine he’s already lost the locker room with ill advised and public throwing Brady under the bus after Game 1.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 15, 2020 at 8:48 pm
    It will end ugly in Tampa

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    It will also start and end ugly with your Jets, as you know.

  6. All focus is on Brady,hope Arians equally calls/called out others whose game was subpar or made costly mistakes.

  7. This was nonot surprising at all. Arians has always been a me-first guy. He loves his brand of perceived straight talk and moreover he is already laying groundwork to cover his backside and blame it on TB if the wheels come off.

  8. In Brady’s defense, he didn’t know every defensive play before they happened. Tampa is just not as advanced in terms of illegally stealing the other team’s system and New England is.

  9. When Brady first joined the Bucs, I wondered how he would handle Arians throwing him under the bus in front of the media (as he is known to do). I just didn’t think I’d see it in week 1.

  10. Favre saying throwing two interceptions isn’t abnormal. It was certainly normal for him throughout his career.

  11. Hall of Fame QBs changing teams at the end of their career typically do not have a happy final chapter.

    But I think Mr. Brady will be the exception.

    Give him credit for taking care of his health; plus, he has emotional intelligence to match his athleticism.

  12. Beginning of the last 5 to 6 seasons with the patriots, first game or two, he’s done. Couple Super Bowls later maybe not

  13. A Retired NFL QB who enjoyed flip flopping, is giving advice to an A+ coach about the GOAT of all time on how to run their team. Just leave it alone Brett, they’ll figure it out Im sure.

  14. Arians calling out Brady after Week One is not smart. With no preseason games to get the timing down with his receivers was the problem for some of his throws.

    The two interceptions were poor decisions on Brady’s part. Brady doesn’t deserve being called out by his coach through the media after the first game of the season.

  15. Being coach hard is never a problem with Brady. But Arians calling him out in public is another thing. Everything should be discussed inside the locker room. That’s why former players always respect Belichick.

  16. Love the “Go away Brent” from the Packer fan. Can’t even spell the greatest player from his teams name right. Hahahah! Packer fans are just dumb.

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