The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 7-4 record on the season and are still in a good position to make the NFL playoffs. However, recent reports out of Tampa hint at inner turmoil between star quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians.
On Friday, Brady spoke to reporters and chimed in on some of Arians’ recent criticisms, but didn’t fire back any of his own. Despite the quarterback’s storied career, Arians has not cut the future Hall of Famer any slack when it comes to his performance on the field. Yet, Brady agrees with Arians’ assessment that the Bucs offense must play better across the board. In addition, he knows he’s not exempt from improvement.
“Our job is to get the job done, so there’s no excuses for when we don’t get it done. At the end of the day, that’s the reality of the sport,” Brady explained. “It’s a production-based business, and when you have opportunities like we had in those two games, it’s very disappointing when you don’t [succeed]. Especially when you’re the quarterback and the ball is in your hands. It’s something I have to do a better job of.”
Brady Says the Offense is “Working Hard to Improve”
On Monday night, Tampa fell to the Los Angeles Rams 27-24. Subsequently, Arians let out his frustrations after the loss. He seemed to point his finger at Brady and his teammates and excluded the coaching staff from his criticism.
It’s not the first time Arians has called Brady and the offense out publicly. The coach credited offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s game plan. And in a not so veiled comment, Arians said “when guys are open, we have to hit them and we can’t misread coverage.” In other words, Arians might as well have said, “Brady has to hit his targets.”
The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback threw two interceptions against the Rams on Monday. Additionally, the second one occurred during a crucial segment of the matchup. In the final minutes, the Bucs still had a chance to win the game. But, Brady’s interception put a halt on the comeback. To his credit, he didn’t disagree with Arians. And he didn’t place blame on the coaching staff.
“Just not executing at the highest level,” Brady continued. “I don’t think it’s more than that. I think we didn’t execute on some short throws [and] we didn’t execute on some medium throws. Just comes down to not as good execution as I think we’re capable of. We’re working hard to improve it and we’ll go out there and try and do a much better job this week.”
[H/T NY Post]