Tom Brady on How COVID Has Affected His Relationship With Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians

Published 12/18/2020, 3:52 AM EST
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


Tom Brady has endured a rocky start to his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After failing to win over a number of fans with his inconsistent performances through the season, if rumors are anything to go by, the former Patriots star hasn’t quite struck the right chord with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Head Coach Bruce Arians either.

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Speaking to the media, Brady cleared the air about his relationship with Arians and dismissed some of the rumors surrounding their relationship.

Tom Brady highlights difficulties faced due to COVID

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Tom Brady declared that despite all the rumors that the media and fans are spreading, he shares a great relationship with the former Arizona Cardinals Head Coach.  He also said that he appreciates the insight he offers to improve his game on the field.

“I feel like we have a great relationship. You know, from the moment I got here, we’ve had great dialogue. And I certainly appreciate all the insight he gives me and the way that he coaches and leads,” said Brady.

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Sep 27, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) prepares to pass the ball in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Brady, however, underlined that things have been difficult this year given the COVID pandemic. With player interactions with coaches and one another limited only to their time on the training ground, things have been far from normal.

“It’s been a different year for all of us dealing with those types of circumstances where normally you would have opportunities to, get to know each other in a different way.

“But, you know, it’s tough for all of us around the facility. You don’t get one-on-one time with anybody, you don’t get any personal time where you’d be sitting around talking and eating together.

“There’s no close contact. So, you know, every conversation is just very different from what it’s been in the past,” Brady said.

Admiration for Arians on and off the pitch

Despite their limited interaction, Brady said he admires Arians for his command over everyone. He also reasserted the fact that the two share a great open line of communication.

“We’re making the best of it. Like I said, it’s been very open and honest, the dialogue about how we think that I can be most effective. We’ve always had a great open line of communication.

“So I really enjoyed my time obviously getting to know him and I have great admiration for him as a coach, as a man and what he is off the field and how he commands and leads the team.”

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Gunning for a playoff spot

The Buccs sit second in the NFC South with an 8-5 record. As things stand, Brady’s side is the sixth seed from the NFC and enjoy a slight edge over the 7th seed Cardinals. With the playoff scenario being as tight as it is, each game from here on out is a must win to stay in contention.

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The Buccaneers were lauded for their balanced offensive display against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. A game where the Buccs chose to run the ball more and throw less.

This approach certainly helped Brady find some form, and he ended the game with 0 interceptions. An aspect of the game which he struggled with during the previous games against the LA Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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With a game against the Atlanta Falcons coming in hot, the Buccaneers offense will look to replicate some of the fine form that helped them get the better of the Vikings.

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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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