Bruce Arians keeps claiming that all was well between him and Tom Brady

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Bruce Arians continues to protest too much.

Clearly stung by the ongoing perception that Tom Brady‘s return after a 40-day retirement was conditioned on Arians being nudged to the curb 17 days later, Arians huffed and puffed some more on Sunday night regarding his good friend Tommy.

Speaking at the Arians Family Foundation gala (my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail), Arians addressed his relationship with Brady by pointing out that Brady will be giving Arians an expensive piece of jewelry.

It’s a $50,000 watch,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He says he’s bringing it to me. Who does that if we hate each other? As soon as he’s back in town, we’ll play golf.”

No one ever said they hate each other. The question is whether Brady could continue to work with Arians. As we’ve said time and again, it’s possible for people to have a good personal relationship while also being unable to coexist professionally.

“It’s never going to go away, no matter what anyone says,” Arians said. “It’s a national narrative that they think they know, but they don’t.”

If it’s never going to go away, why does he keep trying to persuade people who will never be convinced that there wasn’t a Code Red of some sort ordered or subtly requested by Brady? Common sense continues to point to the reality that Brady, if ever pressed sufficiently by Tom Cruise, would eventually shout, “You’re goddam right I did!

Arians’ latest attempt to shout down the doubters comes in the aftermath of a recent failure by now-former Buccaneers assistant coach A.Q. Shipley to deny that he was one of the sources for his good friend Rich Ohrnberger’s claim that Brady and Arians were no longer seeing eye to eye, due to the fact that the semi-retired Arians was tinkering excessively with the work done by Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Via JoeBucsFan.com, Shipley was asked jokingly by Pat McAfee whether he was one of his close friend Ohrnberger’s sources, and Shipley deftly avoided answering the question.

As JoeBucsFan.com notes, and as I didn’t previously realize, Shipley decided after one year of working as an assistant coach with the Buccaneers to step aside. That makes it even more likely that he told Orhnberger about the friction between Brady and Arians. There’s no consequence of any kind to Shipley if Arians thinks Shipley said something he shouldn’t have said to Ohrnberger.

At a bare minimum, it would have been beyond irresponsible for Ohrnberger to not at least run the reporting past his good friend Shipley before going public with it. The exchange could have been as simple as this: “Here’s what I’m going to say. Tell me if I’m wrong.”

Or, quite possibly, Ohrnberger got all of it from Shipley. Again, the fact that Shipley no longer works there makes it far more likely that he’d come clean.

And please spare us the notion that it’s taboo to guess sources. We just want to know whether the information is correct. In this case, the Ohrnberger-Shipley connection makes it far more likely that the information is accurate. Throw in Shipley’s decision to pass on a golden opportunity to shout “fake news,” and the fair conclusion continue to be that, $50,000 gold watch or not, there’s something to the notion that the time had come for Arians and Brady to end their business relationship — regardless of how they personally feel about each other.

26 responses to “Bruce Arians keeps claiming that all was well between him and Tom Brady

  1. I call BS, he keeps denying, something went on. We all know there were issues early on in year one, I’m sure it kept going. Not a Brady fan, but Ariens is a self centered arrogant person, to put is nicely.

  2. Stray and TC had a hard time working together but they’re great friends off the field/in retirement.

  3. He will probably go down as having coached more hof’r QBs and potential than anyone. Peyton Manning. Big Ben. ANDREW LUCK, Tom Brady. That is quite an accomplishment.

  4. LOL nobody wants the goldwatch theyre given after they get put out to pasture, that’s why they keep it in the same box they leave to their next of kin in their will. Arians will never be seen wearing Tommy’s gift, and that proves he was put out to pasture. His grandkids will end up selling it for a couple mill lol

  5. This is getting old. Just be quiet and go away Bruce. All you need to do is thank Tom for the success he’s provided you and move onto your “front office job” and not keep talking to the media like you’re a head coach.

  6. Story is getting old Mike. Might just want to move on. Only beat that dead horse for so long.

  7. More and more it shows hes not the humble team first guy he has portrayed himself to be. This is the real brady a snake diva who pulls strings and gets in people’s ears behind you’re back he tried it with belichick and belichick had to put an end to it arians doesn’t have that kinda power so he had to step down.

  8. Bruce Arians is the only one claiming that all is well between him and Tom Brady. We havent heard anything from Tom Brady that all is good. If anything its Bruce Arians mouth, he doesnt have a filter. But there is definitely something going on between them.

  9. Who cares if they didn’t like one another on the field? A lot of QBs don’t/didn’t like their coaches. Did Joe Montana really like Bill Walsh when he brought in Steve Young, said there was a QB controversy, got lifted, thought about trading him, etc. Lots of other examples of coaches and QBs who don’t like one another and get along fine. Noll/Bradshaw certainly weren’t buddy buddy, but they sure worked together well. Arians has to keep defending/talking about it because people keep wanting to talk about it. If he said nothing, you’d say his silence was deafening, etc. Like Brady to Miami, who cares about what might have been?

  10. Cousin Brucie channeling his inner Kevin Bacon at the end of Animal House: “All is well”!!

  11. tavisteelersfan says:
    April 25, 2022 at 12:22 am
    He will probably go down as having coached more hof’r QBs and potential than anyone. Peyton Manning. Big Ben. ANDREW LUCK, Tom Brady. That is quite an accomplishment

    ———-

    Andrew Luck a HOf QB? Please child…..

  12. Maybe he keeps claiming it because — and stay with me because this might sound crazy — IT’S THE TRUTH.

  13. Brady saw Arians as a problem, not a solution. Simple as that. And he’s of course right. Nothing personal. That watch is a participation trophy for Arians.

  14. Byron is gonna have a far better coaching career than Bruce, you can take that to the bank

  15. He will probably go down as having coached more hof’r QBs and potential than anyone.
    ==========

    Mike Holmgren was amused by this comment.

  16. The interesting thing will be if Brady goes away after this year, Bowles struggles in the aftermath, and Arians is still in the organization to bring back. Before anyone says no way, the Glazers were more connected to Gruden coming back for years than the Raiders. The Raiders only happpened because Mark Davis would give him that contract. We’ll see what happens.

  17. nhpats2011 says:
    April 25, 2022 at 9:36 am
    tavisteelersfan says:
    April 25, 2022 at 12:22 am
    He will probably go down as having coached more hof’r QBs and potential than anyone. Peyton Manning. Big Ben. ANDREW LUCK, Tom Brady. That is quite an accomplishment

    ———-

    Andrew Luck a HOf QB? Please child….
    _______

    The brevity of his career is the only thing keeping Luck out of the HOF. Luck was one of the best QBs ever. He was certainly better than Mac Jones ever will be.

  18. pbdisciple says:
    April 25, 2022 at 8:32 am
    Who cares if they didn’t like one another on the field? A lot of QBs don’t/didn’t like their coaches. Did Joe Montana really like Bill Walsh when he brought in Steve Young, said there was a QB controversy, got lifted, thought about trading him, etc. Lots of other examples of coaches and QBs who don’t like one another and get along fine. Noll/Bradshaw certainly weren’t buddy buddy, but they sure worked together well.
    *******

    You’re missing the point. Did Montana or Bradshaw “retire” and then tell the team owner the only way they would return is if the coach was fired?

  19. gibson45 says:
    April 25, 2022 at 10:28 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    April 25, 2022 at 9:36 am
    tavisteelersfan says:
    April 25, 2022 at 12:22 am
    He will probably go down as having coached more hof’r QBs and potential than anyone. Peyton Manning. Big Ben. ANDREW LUCK, Tom Brady. That is quite an accomplishment

    ———-

    Andrew Luck a HOf QB? Please child….
    _______

    The brevity of his career is the only thing keeping Luck out of the HOF. Luck was one of the best QBs ever. He was certainly better than Mac Jones ever will be.

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    lol. Did you see him play against KC in the playoffs. Horrendous. He was a decent QB, but he accomplished nothing with plenty of opportunities. Good teams made him look foolish many times. Whether he’s better or worse that Mac Jones is something only time will be able to tell. It’s been 1 year, but I can say that Mac had a good rookie year. That’s about it.

  20. You really think Brady would pick Todd Bowles? He played the Jets twice a year.

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