Bruce Arians: Tom Brady “wanted to try a different way”

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As the football-following world continues to digest the ability of quarterback Tom Brady to jump from the Patriots to the Buccaneers and to win a Super Bowl, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians continues to talk about Brady’s motivation in leaving New England.

“I think his competitive spirit is so strong that he wanted to do it,” Arians told Ray Lewis of Showtime, via JoeBucsFan.com, regarding Brady’s motivation. “He wanted to show people. I’ve never said anything bad about Bill Belichick; I know everybody tries to say I do. His record speaks for itself. He is probably the greatest one ever. But I think [Brady] wanted to try a different way.”

Next year, Brady will want to show that 2020 wasn’t a fluke. Along the way, he’ll get to go back to New England to face the Patriots. It will be interesting, to say the least, to hear how he’s received by folks in New England — especially if the game happens far enough into the season that Brady and the Bucs are doing well, and that Belichick and the Patriots are not.

37 responses to “Bruce Arians: Tom Brady “wanted to try a different way”

  1. How he’ll be received in New England? Seriously? He’ll be received like what he is – the greatest player in professional sports and the second best thing that ever happened to the patriot franchise. Place will go wild, wish I could experience it.

  2. I think it’s become evident that for 20 years Tom Brady has been obsessively driven by a chip on his shoulder the likes of which no one has ever seen before. Fate managed to pair him up with a coach who was equally obsessed and together they managed to achieve one of the greatest runs in sports history.
    It’s extraordinary that after 20 years Brady seems to still carry that chip.

  3. Allow me to show Belichick’s believers the right way of thinking:

    It is not hard to build top defense if a coach spends as much as Belichick did. (a PAPER TIGER defense, as it couldn’t carry an average offense)

    It is not hard to build top offense with a really good QB if a coach invests a lot on offense, like Sean Payton did.

    What is hard is to build BOTH top defense and top offense, and Pats offense was ranked better than defense was though Belichick invested most on defense, WHY?

  4. Bruce Arians is the dad who wants to be his kid’s best friend, and Bill Belichick is the dad who acts like a parent.

  5. why does Arians keep talking about the Patriots?
    maybe because, by his own admission, he did 0 coaching and knows he sucks

  6. Some knucklehead Pats fan will pull the fire alarm at the Bucs’ hotel in the wee hours, no doubt

  7. especially if the game happens far enough into the season that Brady and the Bucs are doing well, and that Belichick and the Patriots are not

    If this year is any indication….

  8. I think everything Arians said is correct. Brady needed to prove he could be just a good away from the Pats organization.

    I always considered Brady a “systems” QB who couldn’t function well away from New England. I am so happy to say I was completely wrong. Brady’s confidence and leadership is outstanding. Brady still has his skills. His desire to win is unquestionable.

  9. Well he tried it a different way….but had the same result. Actually that makes me wonder….. if insanity is trying the same way but expecting a different result what is doing it a different but getting the same result??? Congrats GOAT TB12 and the bucs!!!!! Billy Boy probably threw something through his tv on sb sunday. Just hope hhe had cam…hoyer….or stidham throw it for him so monday morning hed still have a working tv cuz theyd miss it.

  10. Brady will be greeted with a standing ovation at Gillette, no matter what the Patriots and Bucs records are at the time. The guy gave New England fans two decades of greatness they’ll remember the rest of their lives. All good things come to an end, and everybody I know is happy for Brady’s success even though he is sorely missed here.

  11. He is probably the greatest one ever….. Please Bruce

    One Super bowl win and your saying Probably?

    That is like saying Tom Brady is Probably the greatest ever….

    Please Bruce let if lie…..you won savior the win… because with out Tom you wouldn’t have won.

  12. Brady will receive a heroes welcome when he returns to New England regardless of what the record is for either team. Also, Arians is the perfect coach at this time for Brady and the Bucs.

  13. There is absolutely no chance that Brady repeats in 2021 unless he moves teams again. This was a perfect storm, from GM & coach to kicker. This offseason they’ll lose a lot of key pieces and have a Super Bowl hangover, and Rob Gronkowski will get old. The only real chance they have at repeating is to add a dynamic wide reciever in the draft , in the mold of Justin Jefferson, so that Brady can win the next championship. This championship was a team effort, Brady will be the only hungry member of next years team, and who knows if he can really sling the rock still. The super bowl touchdowns were all YAC touchdowns.

  14. Pats vs Bucs, aside from the media hype, it should be an interesting game. Who will the Pats fans root for, Pats or Brady? Either way they win.

  15. Actually for Tom, it was the same old way. Let the Defense do all the heavy lifting.

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    You mean like the 2015 SB run, he scored 28 points to give his team a chance to win?

    Maybe you should tell your favorite QB to score 28 points. Oh, he didn’t have the skills to do it.

    The defense was pathetic in that run, until the last 2 plays in SB.

  16. More to the point, Pats had no money left! Even with Brady gone and 8 guys tolled (inc. the likes of Hightower & Cannon), there was no money left. Pats had maxed-out for 2018 and then to keep as many as poss to repeat in 2019 for what they thought’d be Brady’s last year.

    Brady knew if he stayed (he could’ve had a year-to-year deal) the Pats’d need to let even more guys go and be a few years away from being an SB contender, and at his age he couldn’t wait.

  17. Florio, I can’t believe you’d even ask that question. The bucs could be 14-1 and the pats could be 1-14, or vice versa, Brady will get a five minute standing ovation no matter what.

  18. Srinivas Avatapalli says:
    February 16, 2021 at 8:32 am
    Brady – Not a system QB !!!!
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    Never was and I still get laughs at this label. Doesn’t every team try to have a good offensive system for a QB? Build the playbook around their strengths?

    I believe this idea is decades old now.

    What Tom does better than anybody is tapping “alert” to his temples, getting his protection set right on what he is seeing, call timeout if he can’t get things right in time, etc…..

    Tom Brady beats teams before the ball is snapped

  19. jjackwagon says:
    February 16, 2021 at 7:59 am
    Actually for Tom, it was the same old way. Let the Defense do all the heavy lifting.

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    Sure. That’s what happened. Insightful.

    I remember all of the other 7-time Super Bowl winning QBs doing just the same thing. Show up, “ride the defense”, collect the trophy at the end of the season.

    That’s the formula, and who knew that’s all there was to it?

  20. “Next year, Brady will want to show that 2020 wasn’t a fluke. Along the way, he’ll get to go back to New England to face the Patriots. It will be interesting, to say the least, to hear how he’s received by folks in New England — especially if the game happens far enough into the season that Brady and the Bucs are doing well, and that Belichick and the Patriots are not.”

    Florio, you should remember that Brady always takes the highest road when there’s been an opportunity for him to stick it to someone. For example, winning the Super Bowl after his 4-game “Deflategate” suspension. What did he say then when he was asked about it? He wouldn’t go there. “It’s all good. It’s all good.”

    Brady doesn’t involve himself in such pettiness and he sure as hell won’t be thinking of sticking it to Belichick. They don’t have an issue between themselves.

    And, as a life-long Patriots fan, I’m thankful for what Brady did with the Patriots and I’m glad for him that he’s still playing so well and still winning. Good for him! He deserves all the accolades. I hope he gets 2 more Super Bowl wins!

  21. Everyone keeps talking about Brady not being a system QB, but TB had to dumb down the playbook in their bye week to get the offense humming consistently. His average QB rating before the bye was 94.9 (not bad by any means, but more Carson Wentz than Tom Brady), after the bye it jumped to 113 and Tampa didn’t lose again after those changes. I’m not saying that Brady isn’t an elite QB because he is, if not the best ever, but he can’t run any system. The Pat’s “system” was always changing to best suite it’s personnel. They’ve run 2-TE sets, power run, a version of air coryell, and an underneath screen game resembling the Saints as base offenses over the last decade. Brady has thrived in all of these systems but there has never been “a system” that the Pats have run.

    Tampa’s coaches were smart enough to let Tom decide which plays he could execute and which he could not and trim their playbook to match. That’s the Pat’s system.

  22. I don’t agree with dumb down the playbook. Change it, yes. Brady’s best asset is reading defenses. This means using a play in motion to see if they are using man or zone. It also means doing some play action and screens.

    In many ways the old system was dumbed down. It was line up and throw deep. That makes no sense when you have a less mobile, very cerebral QB. He can make those plays but you have to set them up correctly.

  23. Where do you get that TB dumbed down the playbook after the bye week? What I think happened is that they realized you can’t keep calling long developing plays if the protection can’t hold up. KC didn’t learn this lesson in the SB and look what happened to them even with a QB as mobile as Mahomes. Brady’s strength is attacking the weakness of a defense with his intelligence. If that’s by running the ball or short passes because of quick pressure, then he’s happy to do that to get the win. That’s just smart football.

  24. bam5239,

    Why did Mahomes rather run backwards for 500 yards than dink n dunk against Bucs pass rushes?

    Is he as stupid as those “system” experts?

  25. If 49ers defense managed to hold Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to 3 field goals in the SB like the Bucs defense did, Jimmy G would have won the SB. Let that sink in.

  26. patsfan4lifedynasty

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    Tell Jimmy G to stay on field for 31 minutes, not 27 minutes, 49ers would have won.

  27. The 49ers pretty much shutdown the Chiefs through three quarters holding them to 10 points well into the 4th. Jimmy G turned the ball over at midfield and SF’s D held KC to a FG. Jimmy was given a turnover in the third and fourth quarters and did nothing with them. The wheels fell off for the 49ers in the last minutes of the 4th. Jimmy G had plenty of opportunities to put the game away.

    Brady on the other hand led the Bucs to 21 points in the first half, taking advantage of KC’s mistakes. He also led a TD drive on their first second half possession to answer KC’s opening half FG drive. The game was pretty much over at that point. KC knew they weren’t coming back against Brady like they did to Jimmy G. Don’t try to act like Brady and Jimmy G played the same and that the Bucs D bailed Brady out.

    patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    February 16, 2021 at 1:15 pm
    If 49ers defense managed to hold Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to 3 field goals in the SB like the Bucs defense did, Jimmy G would have won the SB. Let that sink in.

  28. Brady can win without Belichick, and maybe Belichick would have never won a super bowl without Brady. But they won six Super Bowls together. A lot of coaches would have screwed that up. It’s not easy. Ego’s get in the way. Belichick isn’t perfect, but he did a lot of things right.

  29. Somebody already commented that Arians was the perfect coach for Brady at the time….yep, that’s right, because Arians didn’t have to do any of the coaching.

  30. What’s the record for longest standing ovation? It’ll be another one he breaks in Foxboro. That’s how the GOAT will be received.

  31. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    February 16, 2021 at 1:15 pm
    If 49ers defense managed to hold Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to 3 field goals in the SB like the Bucs defense did, Jimmy G would have won the SB. Let that sink in.

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    If Mahomes hung 30 points on the Bucs defense in the Super bowl… KC still would have lost. Let that sink in.

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