Earlier than Bruce Arians surprisingly stepped down as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late March, a report surfaced the earlier month claiming that his relationship with seven-time Tremendous Bowl champion and unretired quarterback Tom Brady “soured” throughout the 2021 NFL season, partially as a result of Arians’ Achilles harm allegedly affected his capacity to arrange for video games and left Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich creating methods that had been supposedly later struck down by the now-former coach.
Arians mentioned final week he has a “nice relationship” with the 44-year-old signal-caller and, per Charean Williams of Professional Soccer Speak, repeated these phrases throughout a Wednesday look on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports activities Station.
“You understand me. I cuss all of them out. We’ve got a terrific relationship,” Arians remarked about Brady.
Apparently, Arians additionally supplied excessive reward for Leftwich and, within the course of, might have taken considerably of a swipe at those that routinely praised Brady all through his first two seasons with the Buccaneers.
“I get credit score and Brady will get approach an excessive amount of credit score for what Byron does with our offense,” Arians defined. “One of many causes I hope he will get all of the credit score he deserves this 12 months is to get a training gig; you understand, he had about 4 or 5 groups actual final 12 months. … I’d anticipate him to be a head coach actual quick.”
Whereas defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was promoted to the function of head coach, Leftwich stays the membership’s offensive coordinator for what might develop into Brady’s remaining marketing campaign as an energetic participant.
Arians additionally admitted throughout Wednesday’s dialog that he reached out to legendary broad receiver Larry Fitzgerald about probably becoming a member of the Buccaneers earlier than January playoff video games.