Former NFL Linebacker Claims Tom Brady Has More to Lose Than Bruce Arians Heading into the Playoffs

Published 01/09/2021, 8:20 AM EST
Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Certain things in this world are inevitable. One such thing is Tom Brady making the Playoffs. Making the postseason is almost second nature to the quarterback who has 41 playoff appearances to his name. 

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But when Tom Brady takes on Washington this weekend, it’ll be his first postseason appearance with a team that’s not the New England Patriots. Taking on a new challenge with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady has a lot to prove heading into this particular postseason.

Tom Brady and Arians strike different chords 

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During the Fox Sports’ Speak For Yourself podcast, former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho talked about who has more on the line entering the Playoffs. Head Coach Bruce Arians or Tom Brady. 

“Tom Brady’s clearly under more pressure. I got three reasons why, and every reason has a layer. He’s under more pressure because he’s accomplished more.

“Tom Brady’s under more pressure because Tom Brady has more to lose. And lastly, he’s under more pressure because he is the face of the Bucs operation.”

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Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians (left) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

However, Acho admitted that when it comes to Bruce Arians, the Head Coach evokes a different response.

“When you think about Bruce Arians, the first thing that comes to mind are the off the field things that he has done. For example, Arians overcame cancer scare, Bruce Arians as far as a forthright leader in women’s rights,” he said.

“When you think about BA, you’re like, ‘Okay he went to the Playoffs as a head coach 3 times but he’s lost twice’. But I don’t think about the accolades. When I think about Brady, all I think about is the accolades.”

Living up to the GOAT label

Acho said that given what Brady has achieved throughout his career, the impetus to perform is much higher than anyone else.

“9 Super Bowl appearances, 6 Super Bowl wins. He has more, therefore, he has more to lose when I think about Tom Brady,” he said. Even when it comes to playoff experience, the GOAT is in a league of his own 

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“Tom Brady has 41 playoff games, the rest of the Bucs roster, 69. Brady has 30 playoff wins, the rest of the roster, 39. He has 13 conference appearances, the rest of the roster, 15… Tom Brady’s under more pressure because he has more loose.”

Tom Brady is undoubtedly one of the greatest to have ever played the game. But when it comes to Playoffs, the man is nearly untouchable. Thus, given his past reputation, the GOAT certainly has a lot riding on this playoff game to maintain his legacy.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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