There has been a lot said regarding the relationship between Tom Brady and Bruce Arians ever since the quarterback retired back in February. A report from former NFL offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, who was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2009, said that much.
There’s been speculation that Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, did not get along with Arians. Some suggested that Brady retired following the 2021 season because he wanted to force his way out of Tampa Bay and play elsewhere.
On Friday, ESPN NFL insider Jeff Darlington addressed another rumor that Tom Brady persuaded Bruce Arians to retire as a condition for returning to the team.
“[Arians] said that ‘Tom coming back made this decision easier…’ Tom coming back means that now this team is better off for his successor in Todd Bowles.”
In reality, Arians wanted to leave the team in the best position for his successor, Todd Bowles, to succeed immediately.
In the end, everybody wins. Tom Brady gets another chance to win a ring, Todd Bowles gets a championship contender in his first season as head coach and Arians get to ride off into the sunset happy with what he is leaving behind.