While some media sources have classified Coach Arians comments as “shots fired” or “a subtle jab at Bill Belichick”, these should be acknowledged as a simple admission of reality.
By now, many will have seen or heard the comments made by Buccaneers head coach, Bruce Arians, in relation to allowing Brady to coach in Tampa. The drawing of a comparison between the approach of the Bucs and the Patriots has certainly drawn plenty of comments across social media also.
But why is this becoming a story?
Fans are no stranger to the “coach on the field” trope, so often forced out by networks. Every time a veteran player speaks to a rookie or young player, the line is repeated. Fans have seen it with Payton Manning, Drew Brees, Brian Urlacher, etc. Many veteran players are given the title “coach on the field” whether deserved or not. Young players gravitate towards experienced players, and some veterans have the ability to help these younger guys.
Tom Brady has often been the exception, with his head coach Belichick holding firm on the line that Brady is a player and that the coaches coach. That reality is no longer the reality in Tampa, as the coaches have fully embraced their new QB and ALL of the knowledge and experience that he has. Let us be honest for a brief moment. Tom Brady has been a fixture of the league for a long, long time. Many of the players playing in today’s NFL have no concept of an NFL without Tom Brady. The guy is a larger than life celebrity, and when he talks, people listen.
This isn’t to take anything away from the fine job the coaches are doing. It just makes sense!
Brady has been in the league longer than some coaches and has certainly learned a few things over that time. The fact that Arians and the coaches have realized that they have this unique tool at their disposal and use it. Shows just how committed to the team everyone is.
Players grow up around coaches as soon as they step onto a field. But, playing and learning from one of the true celebrities and GOATs of the game?
That’s not firing shots; that’s just being smart.