Arians said Mayfield would give the Buccaneers “a little fire” on offense because it lacked it during the 2022 season. As you know, Brady was the QB behind that offense last year.
“A little fire, I think we needed a little bit of fire on offense,” Arians said of Mayfield. “But you gotta go back and look at Kyle Trask [on May 23]; He had a great end of practice. So it’s a nice battle. So it’s a nice battle. You got two young guys who I think are extremely talented and they’re doing a great job.
“Baker has been there and done it, and has I think a little bit of an edge just because of that leadership and having been in the huddle with pro guys a lot. But the guys really respect Kyle also. I love [Baker]. I think he just brings a charisma and a fire to your offense.”
Tampa Bay’s offense averaged 18.4 points per game, which is why the team struggled all regular season and barely won their division to get into the playoffs with a losing record.
Ultimately, it caught up to them as they got pushed out of the playoffs after a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Arians’ departure from coaching the Bucs came two weeks after Brady announced he would come out of retirement after announcing 40 days earlier. His lack of work with Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich fueled the belief that there was beef between them.
The two were able to win a Super Bowl together in their first season working together with the Buccaneers.
If there was ever true beef, we might not ever know.
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