Rob Ryan to Bruce Arians: “How about you rip yourself?”

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Much has been said this week about Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians publicly criticizing quarterback Tom Brady for his performance in his first game with the team. A former long-time NFL assistant coach has offered a different potential source of criticism for Bruce Arians: Bruce Arians himself.

“You wanna blame somebody, blame yourself because your team was outcoached,” Rob Ryan said on Sky Sports’ Inside the Huddle.

Ryan, who had no issue with Tampa’s defense, targeted the offense and the special teams, the latter of which he said were “atrocious.”

Ryan focused on the misplayed mortar kick, explaining that the Buccaneers should have seen it coming, and that the player who went backward to try to catch it (colliding with the player who was moving forward to catch it) should have been coached to never do that.

As it relates to the offense, Ryan said that Arians must “meet Brady halfway,” using plays that are more familiar to Brady and not expecting him to do things he doesn’t typically do.

Ryan cited the interception that was returned for a touchdown, an “out” route jumped by Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

“That’s not his throw,” Ryan said of Brady. “He doesn’t make those throws.”

Ryan also said that tight end Rob Gronkowski should have been moved to the slot more often (or, as the case may be, at all), because that’s how he was routinely used in New England. (The easy counter to that one is this: Look at how Gronkowski moved after he caught his first pass. He’s not running like he once did.)

Ryan’s bottom line? Public criticism was “the wrong thing to do to Tom Brady. How about you rip yourself?”

At this point, you may be thinking what I was thinking: Ryan is simply pursuing some sort of grudge that he holds against Arians. If anything, however, Ryan would be more likely to go after the other head coach in the game, given that Saints coach Sean Payton fired Ryan, and that they engaged in a public back and forth regarding whether Ryan truly had control of the defense during his time in New Orleans.

36 responses to “Rob Ryan to Bruce Arians: “How about you rip yourself?”

  1. I cant stand Rob Ryan, but I took one look at this headline and smiled. Arians has always been overrated, throwing guys under the bus and never taking responsibility. After the Cardinals season crapped out after losing the first game of the season when Jimmy G replaced Brady, he said “I think the biggest reason was losing the opener on Sunday Night Football to the Patriots on that missed field goal,” Arians said. “That took a lot of swagger out of our football team, then we came back and lost to the Rams in another close game. We didn’t win the close games we had won in the past but it all goes back to that first one.”

    The players lost their swagger? Did the coach do anything about it after that game? This guy is terrible and puts on a good show wearing his jaunty cap.

  2. In 20 years, Belichick never threw Brady or any player under the bus like this. It only took Arians 1 game. Good luck Tampa.

  3. That “not his throw”. What? Lol shouldn’t the supposed GOAT be able to make ALL the throws? Maybe he not a GOAT and just a product of BB system.
    Brady makes bad throws and looses the game for his team and everybody rushes to defend him.
    Newton wins the game for his team and get critized bout his choice of clothing.
    Gotta love the double standard

  4. Signing a bunch of over the hill aging veterans to make a Superbowl run doesn’t usually work, last person who did was George Allen with the Redskins. Arians you sir are no George Allen.

  5. Ryan’s right of course, but making that observation is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Arians still doesn’t seem to have gotten over himself after bringing the Cardinals into contention, which is really too bad, because his own arrogance is undermining his ability to lead men.

  6. carloswlassiter says:
    September 19, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Rob Ryan: Born on 3rd base, thinks he hit a triple.

    LOL, I mean so what?! there’s a guy running the country that thinks the same thing and every middle-aged white dude seems to be cool with it

  7. Never cared for RR and usually found myself disagreeing with him but in this case he is right.

    BB never scolded TB publicly that i can recall but I’m sure much was said in the locker room when appropriate. BR scolds him in public. Hey TB, out of the pan and into the fire?

  8. Tickles me that all these people seem to think they need to stand up for Tom. Listen, Tom is arguably the best QB ever and a grown man. I am sure he can speak for himself. The Tampa team will get better as the season goes along. It is hard to learn a new system and to get on the same page with new teammates.

  9. Ryan is just supporting the guy who brought him a Super Bowl rings. Ryan was with the Pats linebackers coach for the Pats first two Super Bowls, so he know Brady pretty well. He’s right that the coach should shoulder some of that. The pick where Brady overthrew the receiver was definitely on the receiver. No matter what, he almost stopped and never turned around, so even if Brady was supposed to throw it to him at that point, the guy wasn’t looking for the ball or looking like he was even in the play.

    The second pick wws all Brady, and while it may not be a play he was comfortable with, per Ryan, it’s a common play, and one he has had before. He just made a bad decision. He made a couple of bad decisions that game, but he’s a 43 year old QB who is on a new team with very little offseason and no preseason, so it’s to be expected. He also left the greatest coach to go to basically a glorified offensive coordinator that is brash. I like Arians, but he’s done nothing of substance as a head coach, other than making the Cards tolerable for a bit (but playing well under what they should with the players that he had).

    Brady is done and should have retired.

  10. Wow all this hype and criticism over just the first game of the season!
    This will all be forgotten and not talked about by week 6 as Brady and company adjust to one another.
    There was no preseason games for Tampa’s offense to fully acclimate with each other.
    It took Tom Brady at least 2 weeks to adjust to where the coaches houses were after walking into wrong homes when he first got there

  11. seems like i remember a few years ago folks saying brady was done.
    i think they won the super bowl that year.

  12. Rob Ryan won rings with Brady, hence why he’s doing this.

    Gronk in the slot? The guy can barely move!

    Once the ego goes, it goes.

    Arians has a massive ego, as does Brady and now Gronk. This is why they aren’t Patriots anymore.

  13. rolf1015 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 9:11 am

    In 20 years, Belichick never threw Brady or any player under the bus like this. It only took Arians 1 game. Good luck Tampa.

    Exactly! After a loss Belichick never singled anyone out, and would always say they needed to do everything better, including coaching.

    Maybe the atmosphere in Tampa leading up to game day isn’t as pressure packed as it is in Foxborough, and maybe it did wear Brady out over two decades. But unlike the case with self-proclaimed cool guy, Bruce Arians, you never had to worry about being tossed under the bus publicly. Careful what you wish for.

  14. That throw for the pick six Brady made, was the same throw he made in the Super Bowl in overtime, on the second play to Amendola, and the third play to Hogan. To say it’s not his throw is ludicrous.

  15. ? Maybe he not a GOAT and just a product of BB

    T let’s start with the “BB system “

    What “system “ is that? BB has nothing to do with the offense. His

    It’s Ray Perkins and Ernie Zampesie “system “

    Now back to the throw. Brady will be the first to tell you it was a bad throw. He’s made that throw plenty of times.

    Make no mistake, Brady is the GOAT.
    Nothing will change that no matter how much you cry about it on the internet

    Brady is done and should have retired.

    Looked like his arm strength was fine
    Hit Evans and Miller 40 yards each down the sideline and Miller 40 yards up the seams. All three passes were perfect

    Completed 65% of his passes and had 3 Td

    This is classic overreacting to ONE game.
    Like the other comment said the more they play together the better they will be and by week 6 this will be forgotten like it usually is

  16. Everyone overreacts to week 1. I believe in 2014 when the Pats got CRUSHED by the Chiefs and started 2-2 many were saying Brady was done, and they should start Jimmy G. They won the Super Bowl that year. With a COVID offseason and no preseason I’m sure this will take a few games to get on the same page. They were playing one of the best teams in the league that pretty much have the same roster they’ve had for 2 years.

  17. I’m of the firm belief that Bill Belichick is the best there’s ever been.

    I’m also of the firm belief that Tom Brady is the best there’s ever been.

    And I’m not even a Patriots fan.

    With all that said, I believe it will be easier for Bill to prosper than Tom. Especially in the short term. Belichick is in the same building, dealing with the loss of 1/53 of his roster while the system and the coaches remain the same for the most part.

    Tom is in a different building, dealing with 52/53 of a new roster, all new coaches and a whole new system.

    The haters will crow, no matter which one has more success than the other. It’s what they do.

  18. jac1216 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 10:23 am
    Tickles me that all these people seem to think they need to stand up for Tom. Listen, Tom is arguably the best QB ever and a grown man. I am sure he can speak for himself. The Tampa team will get better as the season goes along. It is hard to learn a new system and to get on the same page with new teammates.

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    Well, he skipped otas the last 2 years, so he clearly thinks that chemistry isn’t needed because of who he is.

    He’d be wrong.

    In 2011, with only 4 preseason games, coming off an mvp year after BB thankfully dealt Moss as Brady was playing poorly early in 2010, his int rate skyrocketed right through the afc title game.

    The D outperformed the offense that postseason and then Brady ruined the SB.

  19. Ryan was pissed that Arians allowed Payton’s team to win.

    And it’s kind of funny hearing criticism from one of the worst coaches in NFL history. Ryan was a failure on many teams.

  20. gibson45 says:
    Rob ain’t wrong.

    Whether Rob Ryan is right or wrong is irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. It’s a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.
    I’m no fan of Bruce Arians, but he’s a lot better coach than Rob Ryan, is no less obnoxious or arrogant, and not nearly as slovenly.

  21. I love Brady.

    I love the Pats.

    I love not having to deal with the this drama all year. Such a refreshing start to the season.

  22. Nothing in Arian’s comments was more than descriptive. He described what transpired on both plays and what error occurred. In both cases, the error was Brady’s.

    If Arians’ had said something like “Tom has to spend more time with the playbook” or “He needs to work harder in the weight room” THAT would have been unseemly criticism.

  23. People just keep amazing me! I saw the interview with Arians when he was asked about the interceptions and he gave his views of what he saw. That’s all there was to it! Arians view of what he saw, period. End of subject!

    A bunch of blankety blanks know it alls keep trying to make it a big deal of of it. It wasn’t. Nobody thru Brady under the bus. If you didn’t watch the interview, stop commenting about it!!!

  24. Rob Ryan is a good football coach, and he’s not afraid to tell it like it is. The only thing I would add is that’s it’s awful tough on a team with a new QB (even if it’s Brady) when there was no pre-season to get acclimated to your teammates, and I also think New Orleans is the best team in the NFL right now. But I’m also stuck a little on the fact that Arians was brought in as the QB guru who was going to fix Jameis Winston. Arians must have on a coat of teflon, because the media hasn’t mentioned that one iota.

  25. New team with no pre season v. The Saints. Not surprised with outcome. Won’t be surprised if they struggle for The first few games but hopefully it won’t be too late. Regardless of how season goes … Until someone else wins 7 rings? Tom Brady will be the GOAT. While Bill B. is an awesome coach (better than BA in my opinion) it was still Tom Brady who EXECUTED the plays. Chill out the best is coming.

  26. It’s very rare for those in the coaching fraternity to rip another coach the way Ryan did Arians.
    I suspect that maybe at some point in the past when Ryan was looking for a job, perhaps Arians stiffed him. Ryan must also feel he’s done with coaching because he knows no one is going be knocking down his door to hire him after this tirade.

  27. The irony of this for me is that Brady was complaining about BB never praising him and ripping him in team meetings. But BB never ever threw a player under the bus. His opening remark is always, ‘we need to do a better job of coaching’. That’s leadership.

    And I was re-watching the Pats win over KC two years ago in the AFC conference game that went into OT. Brady threw a pick on the goal line. Look at SB LI versus Atlanta. Brady threw a pick-6 that looked to seal the game for Atlanta. All I’m saying is, Brady may be the G.O.A.T, but he’s pretty fallible. To say, ‘he looked like Brady in practice all week’, man – totally asinine. But hey, a lot of people struggle once they leave New England. Gostkowski missed 3 FGs for the first time in a game. Jamie Collins head butts a ref and gets ejected. Arizona beat Jimmy G. Anyway – Week 1 overreactions abound!

  28. Ryan is right about one thing … the Achilles heel of BA’s Cardinals teams was always special teams.

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