‘It Stung a Bit’ – NFL Insider on How the Rocky Relationship Between Tom Brady and Bruce Arians Healed

Published 07/05/2021, 2:52 PM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bruce Arians celebrate during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady is now officially the only player in NFL history to have won seven Super Bowl rings. Six with the New England Patriots and most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

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In just his first season with the franchise, Brady managed to rally his troops and conquer the NFL. But the scenes weren’t always that pretty in Tampa.

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

In Tom Brady’s first start as a Buc, the side lost the New Orleans Saints 34-23. And Head Coach Bruce Arians wasn’t quite happy about the performance.

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While Brady stated that everything was fine, one wondered how the relationship between Arians and the QB would pan out. But one NFL insider believes this relationship turning around is what helps the Buccaneers unleash the true potential of their offense.

Tom Brady and Bruce Arians’ relationship beneficial to franchise

Appearing in the Rich Eisen Show, NFL insider Rick Stroud talked about how the QB dynamics have changed in the league and the situation Tom Brady currently finds himself in.

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“The quarterback are stars in this league. They’re realizing their power. Now, Tom was a free agent, so he could choose his situation. And obviously, there really isn’t anything I think they would say no to Tom Brady about. But the relationship still had to be bonded,” said Stroud.

Talking about Brady and Arians’ relationship, Stroud said Brady had to play it cool at first despite the criticism from Bucs Head Coach Arians.

“Look, when he (Arians) called them out in week one, I know Tom eventually said all the right things about. ‘I want to be coached hard. He’s the coach,’ but you know, I think that stung a bit,” he added.

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While Stroud said it was not the ideal start to the relationship, it eventually is one that prospered into something worthwhile for the side.

“I don’t think that’s the way he wanted to start the relationship… But we saw that evolve. And I think that’s a credit to that relationship, which took some time to build.”

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In the end, all’s well that ends well. And perhaps that saying fits no two better right now in the NFL than Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.

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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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