Bruce Arians: “I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing” Tom Brady

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Before the bye week, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians had made a cottage industry out of calling out his quarterback. Now, Arians is singing a different tune.

“I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing Tom,” Arians told reporters on Wednesday. “What he did at the end of the half and to start the second half [against] Minnesota — very, very few teams can score 17 points in a matter of five or six minutes. If we finished the half with 17 points, I don’t [care] how we start. He’s not getting enough credit for what he’s doing.”

Regardless of whether he’s getting enough credit, he’s not getting more credit because Arians hasn’t been bashful when it comes to blaming Brady for mistakes, and for creating the impression that he’s fully and completely responsible for an offense that has at times underachieved.

Then there’s the fact that the Buccaneers under Brady have struggled on big stages, losing to the Bears, Saints, and Rams in prime time, and falling to the Saints and Chiefs in the late-afternoon window.

“Offensively, I think Tom [Brady] has had a Pro Bowl year,” Arians said Wednesday.

Given that three quarterbacks from the conference make the Pro Bowl team, Brady likely has had a Pro Bowl year. But Brady, who would avoid the Pro Bowl if there actually was one this year, is far more concerned about the playoffs. That’s where he thrives, and that’s where the periodic struggles of the regular season quickly could be forgotten.

44 responses to “Bruce Arians: “I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing” Tom Brady

  1. A lot of people make a living covering pro sports, and Arians gives them something to write about. Arians is just having fun. I really don’t think he takes himself all that seriously. It’s kind of like Gruden. Those guys are great for the writers. They actually say something. Why not have a little fun. Tommy understands. He’s more than happy to have someone else be the lightning rod. I think these two know what they’re doing, even if it looks strange from the outside. Besides, Bruce has a lot of time on his hands. He doesn’t have to coach QB’s. Actually, he doesn’t have to coach, period.

  2. I think Bruce is realizing that if HE keeps criticizing Brady, and the Bucs don’t win, then Bruce is gonna end up being fired

  3. The best thing about Brady is that he brought hope to Tampa Bay. So far his play has been inconsistent. At time he has been very Brady like, and at time very un-Brady like. Some is not getting a preseason to work enough with his new teammates and some is not. A lot has to do with Tom comfortable with the offense system. Tom htes to be banged around or defense that is at his feet. Brady longs for that outlet receiver. Most of the time it’s his RB or a receiver coming back for the ball. In Tampa Bay offense, the WR don’t come back to the ball. They may alter the route or go even deeper. The RB haven’t been able to catch a ball consistently. Brady can buy time by scrambling like Jamis did. Brady is not comfortable in the offense and it sometimes shows.

    The Bucs sold there soul on Brady’s signing. There was no backup plan. Brady’s leadership is unquestionable. The Bucs will live and die on Brady’s performance. The Bucs will go as far as Brady takes them and Arians know it.

  4. Bruce Arians-
    “The two interceptions were Brady’s fault, straight up”
    “Other than the deep ball, I think he’s getting confused a few times with the coverage”
    “I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not a lack of trust.It’s just a matter of each and every week if the quarterback plays well or not.”
    “When guys are open we gotta hit ’em, and we can’t misread coverage.”

  5. Bruce Arians is leading the bandwagon of those pointing the finger at Brady.

    He does it after each loss.

  6. I like this new tune from BA, maybe it’s a sign of him willing to take some responsibility and rethink his risk it biscuit philosophy. That works for putting up stats, but it hasn’t worked for him to actually win anything yet.

  7. I’ve always thought Brady gets too much credit for the 6 Super Bowls that he won. You take away Vinatieri’s clutch kicks and the 28-3 choke job by the Falcons. So much had to go right that was out of his hands to earn those rings. You can say the same for Montana and Bradshaw. But they never lost the super bowl. When Brady has to do it on his own, it doesn’t always work.

    Now we see him with the Bucs and all these great weapons that Jameis would never throw to. And his pal Gronk is there. So why hasn’t he finished off the NFC South? Brees got pancaked. Atlanta ans Carolina are rebuilding. So much has gone his way but when he plays against a playoff team, he struggles. Nobody in the NFC needs the bye more than the Bucs do. If they don’t get it, don’t be surprised if they head home early on wild card weekend. Because he’s not the goat. He’s just Tom Brady, a guy that’s trying to do it without the one guy who helps things go right for him to win all those rings. Make it two, forgot about Vinatieri.

  8. Brady is only criticized by the haters. That’s understandable because Brady is easy to hate.
    But he joined a new team and without the benefit of off-season mini-camps and meetings; no training camp; different system, new players; he’s done quite well. Arians is correct in what he says.

  9. Arians is as delusional as these Brady worshipers. I’m so confused, wasn’t Arians Brady’s worst critic after every bad game this year? And all I heard last year was Brady’s poor play was due to no talent in NE. Now he has talent out the kazoo and he is still throwing pick 6s and moon balls to wide open receivers. Imagine my surprise when he hit that deep pass to Miller last Sunday. Then again, a dead clock is right twice a day. I certainly hope Brady plays for 5 more years because this is good drama every week. Between his moon balls, seeing ghosts, no call sack fumbles, PI calls on his Hail Mary’s and Arians backing up the bus over him, it don’t get much better than this.

  10. Bruce Arians has achieved the impossible…. he made a lifelong Bills fan feel bad for Tom Brady.

    BA has a complete lack of self awareness and accountability.

  11. Wasn’t Arians criticizing Brady like every other week this season? Bizarre.

  12. Game on the line, season on the line, 2 minutes left…..I take Brady every single time and don’t lose a milliseconds sleep over it

  13. Guy is on pace for like 40 tds and everyone is freaking out for no reason. The Bucs are a good team, they just aren’t great, yet.

  14. Full quote from Arians: I don’t know why anyone is criticizing Tom Brady; that’s for me to do.

    Arians loves to hear himself talk.

  15. bongbishop says:
    December 16, 2020 at 11:51 pm
    I’ve always thought Brady gets too much credit for the 6 Super Bowls that he won. You take away Vinatieri’s clutch kicks and the 28-3 choke job by the Falcons. So much had to go right that was out of his hands to earn those rings. You can say the same for Montana and Bradshaw. But they never lost the super bowl. When Brady has to do it on his own, it doesn’t always work.

    Now we see him with the Bucs and all these great weapons that Jameis would never throw to. And his pal Gronk is there. So why hasn’t he finished off the NFC South? Brees got pancaked. Atlanta ans Carolina are rebuilding. So much has gone his way but when he plays against a playoff team, he struggles. Nobody in the NFC needs the bye more than the Bucs do. If they don’t get it, don’t be surprised if they head home early on wild card weekend. Because he’s not the goat. He’s just Tom Brady, a guy that’s trying to do it without the one guy who helps things go right for him to win all those rings. Make it two, forgot about Vinatieri.

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    Brady could just as easily have 9 SB wins. Eli in the grasp (not called) tosses a fluke pass that David Tryree catches against is helmet. He also put up over 500 yards passing against the Eagles wile the Pats defense blew the game. Those comebacks against Seattle (two 4th quarter TDs against the Legion of Boom) and against Atlanta were Brady at his best.

    As for the other guess neve losing a SB, that’s because the lost before they even made it. Is that somehow more impressive?

  16. As for the other guess neve losing a SB, that’s because the lost before they even made it. Is that somehow more impressive?
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    Yeah, Brady played great in Atlanta and Seattle SB. Dude is the king of second chances. But you guys make it same like he did all by himself. The D played great in the 2nd half of those games. Rodgers has to put up 38 points to win a playoff game, Brady, not so much.

  17. Arians had no problem bashiing another NFL head coach publicly over and over (see Chip Kelly). Totally agreed with firing Chip but this guy is low class. No surprise he thinks nobody else should criticize his team when he’s done the same thing. Hypocrite.

  18. I certainly hope Brady plays for 5 more years because this is good drama every week. Between his moon balls, seeing ghosts, no call sack fumbles, PI calls on his Hail Mary’s and Arians backing up the bus over him, it don’t get much better than this.
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    The bigger question is, will Lamar win one playoff game in the 5 years Brady continues to play?

    Brady haters are hilarious. Has he lost a step? Of course. But he is on pace for over 4000 yards and 35 TDs. The dude is 43 years old. NO ONE has ever done it the way Brady has. On the flip side, the Patriots will miss the playoffs for the first time since Brady missed an entire season and have no future at QB.

  19. I’ve always thought Brady gets too much credit for the 6 Super Bowls that he won. You take away Vinatieri’s clutch kicks and the 28-3 choke job by the Falcons. So much had to go right that was out of his hands to earn those rings. You can say the same for Montana and Bradshaw. But they never lost the super bowl. When Brady has to do it on his own, it doesn’t always work.
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    Definition of trying too hard. There have been thousands of games that have been decided on last second field goals. Thousands more when teams have blown big leads. News flash – if Brady doesn’t put Vinatieri in a position to kick those field goals, then the Pats may not win. If Brady doesn’t score 3 TDs in a quarter plus, they lose the Falcons game. By your logic, no QB should ever get credit for wins so “so much has to go right”.

  20. The bigger question is, will Lamar win one playoff game in the 5 years Brady continues to play?

    Brady haters are hilarious. Has he lost a step? Of course. But he is on pace for over 4000 yards and 35 TDs. The dude is 43 years old. NO ONE has ever done it the way Brady has. On the flip side, the Patriots will miss the playoffs for the first time since Brady missed an entire season and have no future at QB.
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    Winston threw for 5k in that offense, so what’s your point? Patriots miss the playoffs? Ah, Lamar never has. Tampa is winning in spite of Brady and he is playing like 43. Pick 6 playoffs here we come.

  21. markmcclure34 says:
    December 17, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Game on the line, season on the line, 2 minutes left…..I take Brady every single time and don’t lose a milliseconds sleep over it
    ______________________________

    I guess you didn’t watch the Miami game and Tennessee playoff game last year. Those days are gone. He showed have retired on top. He is revealing that he was just a system guy all along. Bruce, Bruce, please gimmie some check downs, pronto!

  22. nite2al says:
    December 17, 2020 at 10:38 am
    As for the other guess neve losing a SB, that’s because the lost before they even made it. Is that somehow more impressive?
    _______________________

    Yeah, Brady played great in Atlanta and Seattle SB. Dude is the king of second chances. But you guys make it same like he did all by himself. The D played great in the 2nd half of those games. Rodgers has to put up 38 points to win a playoff game, Brady, not so much.

    —–

    It’s football. No player does anything by himself. Every play has 22 guys on the field. Rogers does nothing by himself.

  23. Arians criticizes Brady after every loss. People take their cues from him. If he points the finger at Brady instead of himself,maybe he won’t get fired. That’s pretty weak for a HC to act this way. Arians needs to own his share of the blame.

  24. All these “system” QB people crack me up.

    Every QB is a “system” QB. Every QB plays in the system the head coach runs – period, no exceptions.

    The smart coaches – when lucky enough to land an established Hall of Fame QB with a resume like Brady’s – tweak their system to play to the strengths of their new QB. Knowing what an established QB has done over many years, with plenty of film and knowledge on their strengths and weaknesses, a smart coach doesn’t try to shoehorn that QB into a system that pays no attention to that and simply expects the QB to adapt to his system.

    That’s the what the smart coaches do.

    The ego-laden ones that can’t see past their own self perceived “genius” say “you’re gonna run my system, period – don’t care if it fits you or not.”

    And that’s Bruce Arians.

  25. Me thinks there’s a pink slip in Arians near future. Brady is greater than Arians and what he wants goes. I’m willing to bet he wants Arians gone, so……..

  26. Poor Nite2al. Just keeps crying about Brady. On the flip side Brady should be flattered you have such high expectations for him.

  27. nite2al says:
    December 17, 2020 at 11:07 am
    The bigger question is, will Lamar win one playoff game in the 5 years Brady continues to play?

    Brady haters are hilarious. Has he lost a step? Of course. But he is on pace for over 4000 yards and 35 TDs. The dude is 43 years old. NO ONE has ever done it the way Brady has. On the flip side, the Patriots will miss the playoffs for the first time since Brady missed an entire season and have no future at QB.
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    Winston threw for 5k in that offense, so what’s your point? Patriots miss the playoffs? Ah, Lamar never has. Tampa is winning in spite of Brady and he is playing like 43. Pick 6 playoffs here we come.
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    This would make sense if Jackson plays another 17 years or so and never misses the playoffs.

  28. I guess you didn’t watch the Miami game and Tennessee playoff game last year. Those days are gone. He showed have retired on top. He is revealing that he was just a system guy all along. Bruce, Bruce, please gimmie some check downs, pronto!
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    He’s having a better season than last year. He is on pace for over 4000 yards, 35+ TDs, and a ~100 QB rating. Meanwhile, the QB that replaced him in that magical New England system has thrown for 2000 yards with 5 TDs and 10 INTs and a 79 rating. The Pats will also miss the playoffs for the first time since Brady missed an entire season.

    Literally, Brady is proving the opposite of being a system QB. In fact, he is proving that he was the system. At 43 years old he is still taking care of business.

  29. nite2al says:
    December 17, 2020 at 11:17 am
    markmcclure34 says:
    December 17, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Game on the line, season on the line, 2 minutes left…..I take Brady every single time and don’t lose a milliseconds sleep over it
    ______________________________

    I guess you didn’t watch the Miami game and Tennessee playoff game last year. Those days are gone. He showed have retired on top. He is revealing that he was just a system guy all along. Bruce, Bruce, please gimmie some check downs, pronto!

    —-

    I guess we should all chalk it up to one little lucky streak then. A 20 year one.

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