Bruce Arians backpedals on his post-game criticism of Tom Brady

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After Sunday’s surprising loss to Washington, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians blamed quarterback Tom Brady for both of his interceptions, even though one resulted from a hit applied to receiver Jaelon Darden.

On Monday, Arians began to backpedal.

“Someone asked me what the second interception was, not both of them,” Arians told reporters on Monday. “I didn’t consider the first one an interception. To me, that’s a fumble. In my mind, that wasn’t an interception. The other one just sailed over Mike [Evans’s] head. I don’t even consider that first one a pick.”

That’s not how the Arians press conference unfolded after the loss. Arians was asked this specific question: “It’s the second straight week that Brady’s had multiple interceptions. Can you just speak to what was going on maybe with the receivers and his performance?”

“No, it had nothing to do with the receivers, it was him,” Arians said.

With only two interceptions, there’s no ambiguity when it comes to Arians saying, “It had nothing to do with the receivers.” There was only one receiver, one interception. If we are to believe Arians on Monday, not on Sunday.

But this is post-truth America, where it’s becoming easier and easier to ignore inconvenient realities. Especially when the fundamental reality for Arians is this — the Bucs won the Super Bowl last year not because of him, but because of Brady. Given the amount of salt that Brady displayed during his “make it quick” press conference on Sunday, chances are he doesn’t appreciate being called out by a head coach who admittedly has little involvement in the offense.

Yeah, Arians made publicly blaming Brady a spectator sport a year ago. Brady took it then. That was before Brady won everyone a Super Bowl ring. This time around, he justifiably has less tolerance for BA’s BS.

Monday’s answer was indeed BS. Sorry, Coach, but that’s the truth.

15 responses to “Bruce Arians backpedals on his post-game criticism of Tom Brady

  1. Umm, Brady had 3 ints in the conf title
    game vs GB and was horribel bailed out by the D and run game, and a distracted Rodgers. Let’s not try tor rewrite the facts.

    TBs D and Run Game helped Tampa more than Brady did.

    His last 2 rings have been like that and those are facts.

    He is the only qb to win in a conference game on the road after throwing 3 INTs, but his D and Run game made it possible. He was terrible.

  2. This may be it in Tampa for Tom unless Bruce retires after the season. Tom won’t play for a coach that talks bad about him to the press.

  3. Tom and Gronk may be having more fun in Tampa, but Brady knows this Bucs team would be undefeated with Belichick

  4. BB would never never never call out any player to reporters.

    Tampa Bay won last year not because of Bruce Arians, but in spite of him.

  5. I don’t pay attention to Arians. I don’t think Arians pays attention to Arians. Just like when Tom Brady admitted a couple months ago that he doesn’t always believe what he says. Everyone is kind of like that. People ask them questions, and they give answers. They don’t have their right hand on the Bible.

  6. One of those picks hit the receiver in a bad spot: his hands.

    Why would Bruce Arrogant say both were Brady’s fault?

    Pretty silly, Bruce. Keep it up and people might stop taking you seriously.

    Oh…wait. Too late for that.

  7. Tom should show up to the facility tomorrow wearing all 7 rings, not saying a word, just wearing those rings.

  8. Have Bruce Arians and Rex Ryan ever been seen in the same room at the same time?

    Pretty sure they are the same guy.

  9. Florio creating more Mountains out of mole hills.
    I would not characterize this as “back-pedaling” as much as attempting to correct himself. (Not very well BTW)
    Clearly he had a different answer to the question after paying attention to game film.
    To say “It was on him” when a receiver gets whacked after catching it and ball pops loose is an indication that he just was not paying attention to the details.

    Unless he was initially thinking that the ball was thrown to a receiver in such a way that a vicious hit and fumble was essentially set up by the throw.

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