Bruce Arians Throws Tom Brady Under the Bus Again After Loss to Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has never been one to mince words. While some coaches may tighten up around someone as accomplished as Tom Brady, Arians has never been afraid to air things out in the media.
He's criticized the six-time Super Bowl champ publicly on multiple occasions now. And after Brady's disastrous Week 11 performance on Monday Night Football, Arians once again refused to bite his tongue.
That's a pretty damning indictment of Brady's play. But to Arians' credit, it's hard to disagree with him. Tampa Bay struggled to move the ball all game, albeit against the NFL's best passing defense, but Brady's 2 interceptions were indefensible.
Both picks came on passes that had absolutely no chance of being completed. It looked more like Brady was targeting a Rams' defender than a Buccaneers' receiver in both instances.
Arians' approach is also a stark contrast to how Bill Belichick dealt with Brady. That's not to say Belichick never criticized him (he did, frequently), but it always came behind closed doors. Belichick would usually offer nothing of substance to the media, usually opting to just take the bullet himself.
Still, the approach has generally seemed to work. Brady's best games of the season have tended to follow his worst, like when he torched the Carolina Panthers in Week 10 after a terrible showing in Week 9.
Arians will have to hope these comments motivate Brady and the Buccaneers again in Week 12 when Tampa Bay faces the Super Bowl favorites in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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