When Tom Brady briefly retired earlier in the offseason, it was rumored that a part of the reason was because he didn’t get along too well with Buccaneers head coach, Bruce Arians.
Specifically, Brady reportedly took issue with the way Arians would nix a bunch of things he wanted to implement into a weekly game plan without much explanation.
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When Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was asked about the rumors, he seemingly confirmed that there was, in fact, somewhat of a rift between Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.
“There’s always gonna be some friction between people on a staff and players and a coach. It’s just normal,” Licht said.
I asked Bucs GM Jason Licht about the reports of friction between Bruce Arians and Tom Brady. He said they didn't really think or talk much about it inside the building. "There's always gonna be some friction between people on a staff and players and a coach. It's just normal."
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After Tom Brady retired, he left the door open to returning. But when asked at that time, Bruce Arians indicated that there was no chance Brady was coming back to the team. And if he wanted to play elsewhere, a trade would not be granted.
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However, after Brady announced he was returning to the Bucs for the final year of his contract, Arians expressed enthusiasm.
“Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” Arians said in his statement. “As Tom said, his place right now is on the football field. He is still playing at a championship level and was as productive as anyone in the league last season. We are ecstatic that he decided to continue playing and working toward winning another championship.”
Despite the fact that they might not the best of friends off the field, I’d expect Tom Brady and Bruce Arians to maintain a fine working relationship for one more year.