Tom Brady did not have a very good game in his Buccaneers debut against the Saints. He averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt and threw two interceptions and generally did not look in rhythm in the game.
Where you’ll almost always hear a coach explain away quarterback shortcomings in platitudes, Bruce Arians went with the direct criticism route both Sunday and today:
Bruce Arians put both interceptions on Brady. Said on that first one, Mike Evans read the coverage right but Brady did not. #Buccaneers
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) September 14, 2020
Bruce Arians on Brady's pick-six: Brady threw the outlet pass instead of a screen. "Bad decision." pic.twitter.com/EznByAog0K
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 13, 2020
#Bucs coach Bruce Arians on Tom Brady: "He looked like Tom Brady in practice all the time so it’s kind of unusual to see that in a ballgame because they didn’t do things that we didn’t get ready for. Everything they did we thought we were ready for.''
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 14, 2020
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were reported to have considerable private struggles over the year, but I don’t ever remember a time Belichick was this pointed in public criticism of Brady. That being said, Brady assuredly knows he didn’t perform up to the lofty standards he’s set in his career, and we’ll all be monitoring how he responds going forward.