During Bruce Arians’ retirement announcement, he reassured everyone that his decision was not related to any health reasons, but rather that he felt that he had done his job and thought that the team is in a much better place than it was when he got here three years ago.
“This team is in a much better place than it was three years ago due to Jason’s great work and the Glazer family’s commitment to winning,” Arians said to the media. “Before you start thinking this is about my health, don’t. This is the best I have felt in many years, and I’m looking forward to helping this team continue winning through my new role.”
In wrapping up his farewell, Arians addressed the media one more time and took a jab at Mike Florio, earning a round of applause and laughter.
“One more thing. It’s been great working with you guys in the press. You’ve been fantastic, all over the country, all right? Florio, you can write what you want. It’s OK.”
Bruce Arians ends his NFL career with a shoutout to @ProFootballTalk
"Florio, you can write what you want. It's OK." pic.twitter.com/ED2gLzy8vi
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 31, 2022
Florio had been speculative of Arians’ relationship with Brady, believing that there was an issue between the two and that it forced Brady into retirement and possibly making a move to the San Francisco 49ers. He also believes that this is one of the reasons Arians stepped down.
Arians denied the idea of the two having any bad relationship saying that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
“We have a great relationship,” Arians said. “I mean, all of the players — there are a few of them here — every one of them’s gotten cussed out, including him. So that’s just part of me, you know? That’s nothing new, but we have a great relationship.
As soon as he retired, I think we texted every week. ‘Where you at? What are you doing? When are you gonna come play golf? When are you getting back down this way?’ And so, people gotta write s—, and it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Bruce Arians left the Buccaneers in the best possible position he could and feels that Todd Bowles will have the best opportunity to succeed and that’s why it was the best time to pass the torch.