Bruce Arians on signing Tom Brady: Can’t hit a home run unless you swing for one

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When the Buccaneers went after Tom Brady in the 2020 offseason, one might’ve said they were swinging for the fences.

Based on his Thursday comments, Bruce Arians would probably agree.

“You can’t hit a home run if you don’t swing for one,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s how you live life. Are you going to sit in a closet or have some damn fun?”

The move has clearly worked out in the Bucs favor. Brady threw for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 picks. He hadn’t reached 4,600 yards since 2015 and hadn’t thrown for 40 TDs since setting an NFL record with 50 back in 2007.

And with the Buccaneers staying home to prepare for Super Bowl LIV, adding Brady was clearly worth the big swing. As Arians also likes to say, no risk it, no biscuit.

15 responses to “Bruce Arians on signing Tom Brady: Can’t hit a home run unless you swing for one

  1. Brady was already legendary, but those numbers, winning the 3 road games over favored opponents and going back to the Super Bowl all at 43 years old?

    I guess we should all quit being surprised. Betting against him is silly.

  2. So Bruce Arians had to come out of the closet and (or?) have some fun. Got it.

  3. “You can’t hit a home run if you don’t swing for one.”

    Evidently Bruce Arians has never played baseball. Swinging for a home run is probably the surest way to not hit one. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” while not as fresh as his metaphor, at least has more truth to it.

  4. Brady didn’t go to Tampa as a result of one big swing, he went there because of all the pieces they had previously put in place. He went there because it was the opportunity that gave Brady the best chance to win – period.

  5. Is allowing Tom Brady to qb your team really a risky move? Pretty sure that’s more of a normal swing of the bat.

  6. iknow says:
    January 28, 2021 at 2:28 pm
    Bruce Arians likes to hear himself talk.–

    But he’s the only one.

  7. All those other teams hired assistant coaches from the Patriots, but never were able to duplicate anything close to their success. Arians, being a coach himself, went out and hired the Patriots quarterback, and now he’s the first to get to the super bowl. After all those assistant coach left New England, the team continued to win Super Bowls. When the quarterback left New England, the Patriots missed the playoffs. We’ve been calling Bill Belichick the GOAT. Is it too late to take that back? Nobody picked Tampa Bay to go to the super bowl. It’s looking like Bruce Arians is the new GOAT. Or have we learned that lesson?

  8. This team and coach are in it for 2 years. The QB and coach are set to retire. Their salary cap is totally unattainable as is – then back to basement. But hey if it gets you to the promise land, that is what it is all about in the end, even if short lived.

  9. With some HCs, like with some QBs, there are game managers and there are gunslingers. Belichick,a DC by trade, is a conservative game manager, trying to win by defense, going gun-slinging when necessary (When their run game only netted ~40yds in the first half against the Seahawks Legion of Boon in the SB, or when you’re down 28-3 against the Falcons…) Arians is a straight gunslinger. His last QB, Winston, was too indiscriminant a gun slinger. This brings us to Brady who spent 20 seasons under the Belichick, who was part of the Bill Parcell’s school where INTs are a cardinal sin. I’m sure there were times Brady wanted to go for it when Belichick went conservative and relied on his D. The Bucs D bailed Brady out in the NFC title game when he threw 3 INTs,on 2 of which he should have just thrown the ball away. It’s that balance between game manager Brady and the gunslinger Brady that will determine this SB. 3 INTs would almost guarantee a loss but a possible shootout against the Chief’s would require some risky plays. Should be a good SB.

  10. Arians and the majority of Bucs fans knew they were never even getting close to a playoff game with the most erratic qb in this sport so they had to ditch him for true talent… Luckily for the Bucs, Tom chose at the right time to leave New England and head to Tampa….
    What an amazing chain of events that now has them playing in the next SB…
    Sometimes things just work out perfectly!

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