Tom Brady hasn’t and will not ever criticize Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians in public, but those who know the legendary quarterback are not holding back.
During an interview with Boston’s WEEI, Brady’s former Patriots teammate Tedy Bruschi was critical of Arians for being “stubborn.”
“I think there is a combination of two things that is holding the Tampa Bay offense back and also Brady in terms of his success and one is Bruce Arians because the guy is just stubborn,” Bruschi said, via Yahoo Sports. “Tom is in the middle of a team with a head coach that our old Patriots teams would love going up against team like this. They have the philosophy of we do what we do and we’re just going to do it, we’re better than you, we think our players are better so go ahead and do what you want I’m still going to throw my deep routes and all this and all of that.”
“And the second thing is holding that offense back are the running backs,” Bruschi added. “They can’t catch. … I mean as a quarterback, let me get my five, man. All I want is five. Catch it and fall forward and it’s 2nd-and-6 or it’s 2nd-and-7. …You can see the look on Tom’s face, ‘Dude, you will never be James White.’ Something like that. Those are the easy yards that you take that Tom just doesn’t have anymore so he’s got to push it down the field.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) are riding their first losing streak of the season — with a pair of home losses to the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs.
After 12 straight weeks of football, a bye week is very much needed for this team that has Super Bowl aspirations.