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Bruce Arians Giving Tom Brady Some Tough Love

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:

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.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Never count Brady out. I’m not a fan (yet) but I thought he looked normal with a live arm.

    Throwing him under the bus as Coach did will just force him to call more audibles and be Tom the 6 time SB champ.

    Motivation is all he needs. A pissed off Tom is scary.

  2. Like Bruce and Brady, but I didn’t see Brady whiff his block on the blocked FG, jump offsides on the world’s most obvious hard count, or muff the pooch kick from the 50 that was going out of bounds.

    The Bucs are reliable for one thing: acting like total buffoons when it matters most. Yeah, Brady wasn’t great. But the Bucs were the Bucs, which is all the Saints really needed.

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