Bruce Arians rants about PFT report that was based on info from his own staff

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Well, it’s been an interesting day, for various reasons.

First, the good news. Plenty of you have preordered Playmakers. And I appreciate that.

Second, the not-so-good news. Something that, frankly, I don’t appreciate.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians called out our recent reporting regarding Tampa Bay players wearing red wristbands (if vaccinated) and yellow wristbands (if unvaccinated) at practice. Although he didn’t name PFT or me during his profane rant (I haven’t changed the language because he said what he said), he was talking about our reporting (as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times accurately surmised).

“All right, one thing before we get started,” Arians said at the outset of Tuesday’s press conference, as tweeted by Stroud. “If I give you some information, just know the fuckin’ rules before you put ’em in the press. Red and yellow bands. They don’t have to wear ’em in practice. That’s indoors. I’ve gotta read shit, we should be fined for red and yellow bands because they ain’t got ’em on at practice.  That’s bullshit. If you’re gonna report shit, make sure it’s fuckin’ right.”

We reported first that the Buccaneers said that vaccinated players will wear red wristbands and that unvaccinated players will wear yellow wristbands at practice. We specifically asked the question by referring to wristbands worn during practices and games.

We then reported that the photos from Tampa Bay’s Sunday practice showed some players in no wristbands at all. We asked the Buccaneers about that specific wrinkle, and we were not told at any time for example, “Wait, that only applies in the facility, not on the practice field.”

Even though all communications happened on the record, I don’t want to call anyone out by name (yet). By here’s the simple truth — I asked the questions, I received the answers, I reported the answers accurately, and I have the text messages to prove ALL of it. The text messages reveal multiple opportunities to tell me that the wristbands are worn only in the facility and not at practice. That was never said.

Also, we never said the Buccaneers should be fined over the issue of wristbands. Of course, they should have been fined (at a minimum) last year for tampering with Tom Brady while he was under contract with the Patriots. They also should be fined (at a minimum) for hiding Tom Brady’s knee injury on every report that submitted to the league in 2020. But we never said they should be fined over the wristband issue.

So, to summarize, we made sure what we reported was right before reporting it. More specifically, we asked the right people within the organization for the information, and we used what we received. If Arians has an issue with what we reported, he should ask specific questions internally before taking reckless shots externally.

22 responses to “Bruce Arians rants about PFT report that was based on info from his own staff

  1. Why would the Bucs be fined for not disclosing injury if Brady was never questionable or doubtful. Those are regular injury reports designations so if Brady is going to play then he would not have to be on the injury report period. So what exactly is the reason Bucs should be fined for when it comes to Brady’s injury

  2. Sounds like he’s pissed off cause he found out he’s gonna get fined on 1 or both of the Brady items.

    Thats life with ole TOM “prepare to get fined”.

  3. Stop worrying Mike. Many people, including myself come on PFT multiple times a day, and have been for many years. You must be doing something right. Don’t waste time worrying about making everyone happy 100% of the time. Arians likes to talk, and that’s good for your business.

  4. I too thought that not reporting the MCL injury must have been in violation of the injury reporting rules. However, if an injury does not prevent or limit a player from practicing or playing, is there a duty to report it? It would be interesting to check the application of the rules to injuries that have no effect on a player’s ability to participate. While it seems ludicrous to think that’s a torn MCL had no effect on Brady’s participation or performance, we are talking about a seeming cyborg…

  5. Tampa Bay is cheater #2? What’s the commonality between the Bucs and Pats?

    Let’s use an asterisk….

  6. As a Buc’s fan, Arians went full “get off my lawn” on this one. It sounds like he mistook some fools comment about the story imploring a fine for the wristband designation for the articles author making some sort of demand.

  7. This is the first I’ve heard of tampering with Brady last year…I thought he was allowed to talk to teams given the fact that he was a free agent? He didn’t sign a contract until a few days after the legal tampering window was open, so hard to say the Bucs should be fined or lose draft picks when every team (especially the Pats) had the opportunity to pitch Brady on why he should be their QB.

  8. Arians is an average coach who hates being under fire for anything. The guy is lucky he landed Brady, otherwise he’d probably be out of job this year.

  9. brady2020 says:
    July 27, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    Why would the Bucs be fined for not disclosing injury if Brady was never questionable or doubtful….
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    Because the injury reports are used in the betting formulas. You are screwing with the betting lines and therefore screwing with the money. The NFL doesn’t like to have their profits messed with.

  10. brady2020 says:
    July 27, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    Why would the Bucs be fined for not disclosing injury if Brady was never questionable or doubtful. Those are regular injury reports designations so if Brady is going to play then he would not have to be on the injury report period. So what exactly is the reason Bucs should be fined for when it comes to Brady’s injury. Ignorance is bliss lol

  11. Brady2020, even if he played they should have disclosed the injury and designated him as “probable”. Just because he could play doesn’t excuse the Bucs from disclosing the injury. That’s assuming they knew about it, which is also “probable”. How could they not know? Did Brady not ever need treatment for it or never. wear a brace or support during practice? Think about it.

  12. brady2020 says:
    July 27, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    Why would the Bucs be fined for not disclosing injury if Brady was never questionable or doubtful.
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    All injuries that could hamper a player’s ability to play must be reported according to NFL guidelines. This includes players on the field. Just because they are playing does not mean they are not injured. If a player is injured – it needs to be reported. Period. The NFL has also added an extra level to injury reports by measuring a player’s participation in each practice.
    Not reporting or “hiding” an injury from the league is a fineable offense. Repeated violations can warrant the loss of draft picks. Brady had a torn MCL. This affected his play and should have been reported.

  13. Brady2020, the injury report is required to include any player who has an injury or illness, regardless of playing status for that week. The rules are very clear on that.

  14. Bruce Arians should list every player every week as probable.

  15. So basically the guys not wearing the bands outside are ashamed to admit not vaccinated.

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