Bruce Arians: Dak Prescott was great in return from injury, a shame he had to play Tom Brady

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians thinks his team faced one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL on Thursday night. But he thinks the very best quarterback in the NFL was leading his own team.

Arians praised Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for his performance in his first game since a severe ankle injury ended his 2020 season 11 months ago. But Arians then noted that even Prescott’s heroics were not enough to topple Tom Brady and the Bucs.

“I’ve known Dak a long time and have so much respect for him as a person and a man,” Arians said. “He’s a tremendous football player and tremendous leader. It’s a shame he had to play Brady.”

Arians said that for as well as Prescott performed against the Buccaneers’ defense, they were always confident Brady would lead them to victory.

“There was no doubt we were gonna go win the game with him,” Arians said.

It was a great quarterback matchup for the first game of the 2021 season, and it was the greatest quarterback who won it.

69 responses to “Bruce Arians: Dak Prescott was great in return from injury, a shame he had to play Tom Brady

  1. Great coaches acknowledge when they’re riding a championship horse and don’t pretend it’s all about them

  2. Shame? More like Dallas had to play the ref who decided not to throw the flag on the Offensive P.I. non call because that’s how you won.

  3. Brady is the one reason on the Bucs side that they aren’t 0 and 1 right now. Brady clearly outperformed Dam even with the 2 picks. Dak was pretty good though. Surprised me actually.

  4. Take a look at the stats. Cowboys blasted the Bucs. An over-the-hill kicker blew it for the Cowboys.

  5. Matt Giaquinto says:
    September 10, 2021 at 10:15 am
    Shame? More like Dallas had to play the ref who decided not to throw the flag on the Offensive P.I. non call because that’s how you won.

    blame the refs and ignore the missed FGs

  6. Brady is now the oldest qb ever to start and win a game (he passed Testaverde last night for that record). The way stats are counted for the NFL, he’s now also the oldest qb ever to record a win. Assuming he plays in the Rams game in two weeks, he will then: (1) pass Jerry Rice to hold the record for the most games played by a non-kicker; and (2) pass Vinnie Testaverde to become the tenth-oldest person ever to play.

  7. Dak outplayed the GOAT. Dak’s only int came on a spot on pass in traffic that CD should of caught.
    Boys D let them down in the end and had that possible OPI not been called if the teams were reversed, I doubt BUCS fans would be shrugging it off today. Both offenses played well, but if that’s the Bucs D this season, they’re in trouble. They didn’t stop the run, Dallas didn’t even try to run. Dak was passing at will and they could not stop him. Fun to watch though.

  8. Dak looked great, but the only reason that game was close was the turnovers. Dallas looks like it still has issues on D.

  9. The GOAT is the GOAT for a lot of reasons. Last night was just what you can expect of him. As for all the Cowboy’s fans whining about the supposed missed offensive pass interference (it wasn’t), if the officials had called holding on the Cowboys every time they held Vea, the Cowboys offense would have been shut down all game.

  10. theimmaculatedeception says:
    September 10, 2021 at 10:35 am
    Dak outplayed Tompa Tom. Check the numbers

    Yeah he had 25 more passing yards, THATS IT!
    this is the problem with “look at the numbers” how was Dak at converting those red zone trips into TDS?

    But if you want to “look at the numbers” who had more TDS? Brady
    who came away with more red zone TDS, Brady

    but yeah Dak out played him. “look at the numbers”

  11. Call the offensive holding on JPP but don’t throw the flag on the offensive pass interference that’s what’s a shame Mr Red Cap !

  12. Look at the scoreboard. Those are the numbers that count. Brady is the GOAT, Prescott is a very good QB.

  13. Wait ’til the Bucs run game gets going. For Brady it’s like a senior citizen retiring to The Villages with all the amenities

  14. I hate Dallas and had both Brady and CG playing in fantasy, but that was OPI any way you cut it. Regardless, had the kicker been on point it wouldn’t have mattered.

  15. Dak played well and deserved his mega deal. Get rid of Dak, save money, start Dalton. Remember that, idiots?

  16. Put things in perspective the two picks Brady had were the Hail Mary play and a mishandled screen pass both not his fault so otherwise, he was 32/48 for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns!

  17. wintercoates87 says:
    September 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Dak outplayed the GOAT. Dak’s only int came on a spot on pass in traffic that CD should of caught. …

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    The same could be said about Brady’s two picks. On the first pick, Fournette should have caught that pass, which (unlike Dak’s int) was placed so that it would have been uncatchable by any defender, unless and until Fournette popped it up in the air. The second int Brady threw was right at the end of the half, where an int did no damage, and there was a decent chance the ball could be caught for a Bucs TD. That’s called situational football, and was the smart play.

    Think of this: At the end of the game, Brady threw three passes out of bounds to run time off the clock as safely as possible. He obviously didn’t care about the hit those passes might have had on his stats – he is all about the W and only the W.

  18. The 2 picks Brady threw could have been zero. A Hail Mary (for all you “2 yard Tom” stooges out there, it looked pretty good along with all the other throws he made that you could hang laundry on) and the one right on the money that slipped off of Fournette’s fingers.

    Yes they’ll count in the final stats but anyone who watched last night knows who the good QB was and who the great QB was.

  19. The Cowboys definitely lost this game, but the reality is that the kicker missed 2 gimmes. Perhaps Brady leads them to victory anyway if those were made, but in terms of the play on the field, Prescott did outplay him & was more critical to the team’s success. Brady does also have the ‘intangibles’ which should never be discounted – like the affection of umpires that turn their head the other way on intentional grounding and/or PI.

  20. Expect the Cowboys to dominate the NFC East, which really isn’t saying much. Also, it sounds like they have a weak schedule.

  21. Bruce better spend his time worrying about his defense. Pass d is awful, pass rush was average at best. This is not a super bowl contender right now.

  22. Tampa stopped the run and dared Dak to beat them with his arm, he couldn’t. I think missing the off season with his receivers may have played a part but there is no excuse. Dallas offense should get better as the season goes on. NFC East should be very competitive this season.

  23. I’ve never seen Arians actually coach before. It looks like Leftwich and Bowles are doing all the work.

  24. Shame he also had to play the team wearing black and white stripes also. OPI and it wasn’t close.
    Difference in the game. Everyone can say it’s only one play and the missed kicks etc but games sometimes come down to one play or missed tackle and this one came down to a terrible missed call. But then again, it’s a Brady team so……

  25. Hate to say it but the Cowboys were the better team tonight. Either the Cowboys are really good or the Bucs are suffering from the Championship winning blues ie. overconfidence. Whatever happened to their pass defense over the summer? They were porous last night. Some may say first game of the season, but it was the first game of the season for both teams. Too soon to write the Bucs off yet cause they are resilient (as they proved last year), but they need to not take any of the teams they play for granted since teams will be playing them even harder this year wanting to knock them off their throne.

  26. Without Tom Brady, your coaching was horrible. Defense was destroyed by a Cowboy’s team. No adjustments. It’s all Brady in Tampa. There is a reason Tampa has not won a playoff game before Brady since 2002.

  27. nygiantsownbrady says:
    September 10, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I’ve never seen Arians actually coach before. It looks like Leftwich and Bowles are doing all the work.
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    Actually, that may be a sign of a very good coach. And head coaching involves way more than what you see on the sideline.

  28. sure, when the refs ignore obvious pass interference to help one team, and clal every ticky tack hold for the other team

  29. Kudos to Dak; he played like he was worth every penny of what he held out for. Tampa Bay played sloppy, but their talent won out at the end. A very entertaining game. Cowboys fans have a lot to look forward to this year if they get that type of effort and play from their team each week. That said, Zeke looked lost out there; not sure if that was due to the Bucs front seven or whether he is sliding into has been territory

  30. Dak played a good game but watching the accuracy and command of passes that TB12 has is breathtaking at times. And the ability to play in the toughest moments like it was no biggie separates him more. Oh yea and he’s doing this at 44!!

  31. Both QB’s were great. A lot of people look at stats or rely on the ‘eye test’ to determine which QB performed better – but this is not a skills competition. It’s not only about what a player does or how he does it, but WHEN he does it and the end result. Brady is clutch and the greatest winner/leader of all time.

  32. I’m a fan of both teams and both QB’s. It’s a shame the game was partially decided by a non-call on the push off penalty that didn’t get called on the winning drive. I’d have rather seen Brady get penalized, and then come back the next play and throw a long bomb to AB or something.

  33. If the Tampa Bay defense plays the way they did last night, they are not going to repeat as champs, Brady or no Brady. That is because defense wins championships. Other teams they play this season and in the playoffs are going to be much tougher defensively than the Dallas D.

  34. From the picture above the article of a smiling Brown and Brady clowning … it would appear there is a new Antonio Brown in town. All he needed was to play for some strong leaders like Brady and BA. He just might have a very good year.

  35. Is anybody really surprised that it came down to the refs helping Brady win the game? You can say blame the kicker all you want, but that doesn’t excuse the refs for giving the game to TB. Which is what happened. The homers won’t admit it out loud, but we all know.

  36. Fans that blame refs for losses always have and always will be complete crybaby. As a Pats fan, I’ve seen every play Brady has ever run. I realize it’s all been said, but it’s unbelievable he’s that good @44. Just as good as 10-15 yrs ago. Amazing.

  37. herkiethehawk says:
    September 10, 2021 at 12:19 pm
    sure, when the refs ignore obvious pass interference to help one team, and clal every ticky tack hold for the other team

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    Not to mention the 11 penalties they called against the Bucs including phantom PI and facemask calls

  38. wintercoates87 says:
    September 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Dak outplayed the GOAT. Dak’s only int came on a spot on pass in traffic that CD should of caught. …

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    CD Lamb is scared to catch in traffic, so he shouldn’t have thrown the ball to him with 4 defenders within feet of him

  39. That was the most entertaining game I’ve seen in a long time. Gonna be tough to beat that one.

  40. charliecharger says:
    September 10, 2021 at 12:33 pm
    I’m a fan of both teams and both QB’s. It’s a shame the game was partially decided by a non-call on the push off penalty that didn’t get called on the winning drive. I’d have rather seen Brady get penalized, and then come back the next play and throw a long bomb to AB or something.

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    There was a minimum of 3 offensive holding penalties by the DC OLine on key plays that didn’t get called.

  41. 2 turnovers in the red zone made this a close game. Bucs d line doesn’t scare anyone. PP and sue are too old

  42. Dak disappears in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line. He puts up big numbers in the 4th quarter when they are down by 2 or more scores

  43. The Tom-trashers clearly didn’t watch the game. One pick was a hail mary and the other went off the hands of Fournette. Also he would have had another touchdown if Godwin didn’t fumble on the goal line. He missed very few throws. Dak was excellent as well. I thought the Tampa defense looked subpar….their plan was clearly to stop Zeke but let Dak throw the ball all over the field. Bowles should have adjusted once he saw Dak was 100%.

  44. wintercoates87 says:
    September 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Dak outplayed the GOAT. Dak’s only int came on a spot on pass in traffic that CD should of caught.
    Boys D let them down in the end and had that possible OPI not been called if the teams were reversed, I doubt BUCS fans would be shrugging it off today. Both offenses played well, but if that’s the Bucs D this season, they’re in trouble. They didn’t stop the run, Dallas didn’t even try to run. Dak was passing at will and they could not stop him. Fun to watch though.

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    Similarly if thats the Cowboys D this season, they are in trouble!

  45. Losing to a last second field goal has to really suck knowing your own kicker could’ve won the game had he done his job.

  46. Tampa Bay had a safety out there that was on their practice squad , I forget his name but I bet half of daks passing yards were throws against that safety lol … just WOW .

  47. Time to admit the AFC East wasn’t terrible all those years the GOAT played for NE. The Bills, Dolphins, Jets were just unlucky!

  48. All you people saying the refs won it for the bucs can shut up. Bucs had more penalties called against them

  49. All these comments and not one about how competitive and entertaining the game actually was, we all forget the majority had the Bucs wiping the floor with the Cowboy’s and that didn’t even come close to materializing.

  50. Dak is good, but inconsistent and will continue to be. Brady is the sole reason the Pats have ANY titles, and the sole reason the Bucs are on the way to back to back titles. As a head coach, BB still has a losing record sans Brady….that FACT speaks for itself. He should have retired when Brady left to avoid this becoming so much more painfully obvious.

  51. C’mon man! “The leg” missed 2 field goals and an extra point, Tampa very easily could have lost.

  52. spokes100 says:
    True, but that fluke fumble at the goal line cost the extra 7 that covered ‘the leg’ issues.

  53. As a Patriots fan, it’s interesting to me now that Tom has left how much people try to diminish what he is doing and what he has done. Tom looked great last night. Dallas was close but they didn’t win this time. Nobody has to be the villain or the hero. Outcome was TB win. You may get to see the game replayed at the NFC championship.

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