Tom Brady arrived in Tampa Bay with big accomplishments and big expectations, and his own coach Bruce Arians isn’t afraid to remind everyone of the second part.
And Arians reminded him once again, more or less calling Brady out following another Bucs’ loss — this time to the Los Angeles Rams, 27-24, on Monday Night Football.
“Offensively, it’s just a matter of each and every week if the quarterback plays well or not,” Arians said on his weekly radio show.
Brady has been playing well. He’s just not been playing like Brady. When the Buccaneers were trailing the Rams by three points and the game was on the line, Brady threw an interception.
He finished with two for the game, and the Buccaneers fell to 7-4. As an aside, they’re 1-3 in prime time, when Brady has historically performed his best.
Several reports have suggested there is now “tension” between Arians and Brady. It wouldn’t be a first for Arians, who claimed things weren’t so cozy with Ben Roethlisberger when Arians was the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator.
Nor would it be a first for Brady, who didn’t always see eye-to-eye with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
But that was then, and the Buccaneers signed Brady with its sights set on the Super Bowl. As of today, that looks a long shot.
Brady and the Buccaneers will get to show close (or far) they are in a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.
Arians has repeatedly suggested the Buccaneers will go only as far as their 43-year-old QB can take them. But at least Arians also kind of admits that the coaching staff is responsible for the successes and failures, too.
“Our job is to make sure (Brady) is comfortable and let him play well,” Arians said, perhaps begrudgingly.