Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has never been shy about calling out Tom Brady’s performance as a player. Turns out he’s fine with questioning the quarterback’s coaching ability, as well.
During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, Arians was asked about what has surprised him most about coaching the future Hall of Famer. His answer was Brady’s work as a coach on the team:
“He’s another coach, he really is. The athletic stuff is shocking for a guy at 43, but the way he handles young guys and old guys, he’s coaching nonstop. It always pisses me off, because I’ll say something to a player and they look at me. He says it and they’ll go, ‘OK Tom, I’ll do it.’”
Patrick followed that up by asking if Arians could see Brady as a coach after retiring (which is reportedly at least a season away). Arians answered firmly in the negative, comparing Brady’s personality to one of his former players, Peyton Manning:
“No, I think he is probably like Peyton. If they were [coaches], you wouldn’t want to work for them because they’re perfectionists and they wouldn’t accept anything but perfection and every now and then, you’ve got to give a little.”
Arians was Manning’s first quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts back in 1998, sticking around for two seasons before taking the offensive coordinator job with the Cleveland Browns. Arians said that both Brady and Manning have “unbelievable” attention to detail, agreeing that they would drive researchers crazy in a broadcast job, as well.
You can check out at the exchange in the video below, starting at the 5:18 mark:
Arians and Brady currently have the Buccaneers entering the NFC divisional round this weekend, when they will play Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in a battle of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Tampa Bay’s first season with Brady under center has had its ups and downs, but has now delivered the team’s first playoff win since the 2003 Super Bowl.
The relationship between player and coach has been of much intrigue through the months, mainly because of Arians’ habit of bluntly criticizing Brady’s performance after certain games. Brady doesn’t seem to mind too much, however.
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