Resignation of Bruce Arians won’t be regarded as a surprise by some

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In the immediate aftermath of the unexpected unretirement of Tom Brady, we caught wind of a theory that Brady’s return was possibly tied to the eventual exit of Bruce Arians. (Check out the attached video from Monday, March 14, if you don’t believe me.)

Eighteen days later — and on the evening that the annual league meetings ended — Arians has stepped down.

Peter King has the story. Arians is out, Todd Bowles takes over. And while Herculean efforts will be undertaken to create the impression that Brady didn’t directly or indirectly attach his return to a coaching change, many will believe that Brady came back only after he knew that Arians wouldn’t.

The timeline is too narrow. The circumstantial evidence is too strong. Rich Orhnberger, a former teammate of Brady’s and a close friend of Buccaneers assistant A.Q. Shipley, posted multiple tweets regarding the dysfunction that had developed between Brady and Arians. It should have been expected. Brady is all-in, all the time. Arians was essentially semi-retired. At some point, the people doing all the work begin to resent the ones who aren’t doing very much at all. And if, as Orhnberger claimed, Arians was swooping in and revising the game-planning efforts Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, at some point people were bound to get pissy.

They’ll deny that Brady’s return had anything to do with Arians leaving. Because of course they will. Brady may say something at some point, aimed at pushing the idea that he didn’t nudge Arians out. And Brady himself said last June that 90 percent of the things he says publicly aren’t true.

Really, if Brady hinged his return on Arians not staying, Brady would NEVER admit it. The Buccaneers wouldn’t, either.

That said, if the Bucs did indeed have a choice to make between another year with Brady and another year with Arians, it’s a no-brainer. Brady, not Arians, is the reason they’re requiring new season-ticket holders to buy season tickets for two years. Brady, not Arians, is the reason the team is a high-level contender. The Bucs, who have a long history of unceremoniously and unexpectedly firing coaches, would have been stupid to say “no thanks” to Brady if Brady, or someone on his behalf, made it clear that Brady expected certain changes to be made, if he came back.

And the changes Brady expected quite possibly included the biggest possible change that could be made to the coaching staff.

Put it this way. Arians’s departure either was tied to Brady’s return, or it was all one hell of a coincidence. Most will believe it was not one hell of a coincidence.

23 responses to “Resignation of Bruce Arians won’t be regarded as a surprise by some

  1. So Brady came back and let a coach he wants out of the job have a hand in multiple personnel decisions and stick around in an operational position? If it was Brady or Arians, why not just have Arians step down after the season and avoid the whole retirment drama? The Bucs could interview people and still hire Bowles.

  2. No surprise at all. It was either this, or Brady had another-team deal agreement in place. He didn’t just change his mind out of the blue. Clearly his sudden retirement after saying over and over that he would play as long as he could to a high level, was a power move. Arians was pretty much not only useless, but a ball and chain in many ways. Bowles will focus on the D with Brady/Leftwich running the O. Licht has probably agreed that every move he makes will be to win NOW, rather than using high draft picks on a QB. Maybe even AB come back now that the fumbling Arians is gone. They just gave things a few weeks to make it look slightly less like Brady didn’t fire him.

  3. Good for Tom.. Arians was along for the GOAT’s ride. Surprised it is Bowles though considering how they lost to the Rams. Why not Leftwich ?

  4. I don’t believe any of this BS from BA. He got a big golden parachute to go along with this palace coup.

  5. Brian Flores said he was never asked
    To interview for the job and is suing

  6. Now when Two-Yard Tommy fails to win yet another Super Bowl, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself.

  7. BA’s act got old real fast. Acting like he was so hip, talking smack, he became a bad lounge act. This outcome was a certainty once Brady decided to come back. Now that Bowles got the job, it’s a guarantee Leftwich will be moving on after next season

  8. Arians is the one that refused to let Brady leave, so he kinda had this coming to him.

  9. Brady wants the program to be run like Belichick did. Tight ship and all in to win it above all else. Total dedication and nothing less. It has proven to work.

  10. Brady won with the team Arians put together. YES, Brady was needed because clearly Winston was not able to with all of his turnovers, however, that was the team Arians put together, that top defense, and stellar WRs. Brady went to an already stacked team and gave them what they were missing. He didn’t push Arians out, Arians was gong to retire and this way, as he said, he gets to help his coaches.

  11. Brady gets more megalomaniacal every day. He’s gonna end up owning a piece of a team and try the Elway thing. He may be successful, or more likely he will be Derek Jeter.

  12. “Really, if Brady hinged his return on Arians not staying, Brady would NEVER admit it. The Buccaneers wouldn’t, either.”
    From most accounts of Arians personality, I don’t see Arians taking being “forced out” without some parting jab. I don’t see where he has anything to lose by blowing the whole conspiracy wide open. Sincerely, at his age, who needs the aggravation?

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