There’s a new Bruce Arians quote about Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers floating around that’s being taken completely out of context.
Here’s a headline from CBS Sports:
Bruce Arians: ‘I probably would still be coaching’ if Tom Brady hadn’t come out of retirement’
Arians said those words according to the Tampa Bay Times. But the headline from CBS Sports makes it seem like Arians didn’t want to coach anymore if Brady was going to be on the roster.
And that’s not what Arians was saying…at all.
Here’s the whole quote from Arians (where he also pretty much slams the 2022 quarterback draft class):
“I was going the other way. I was thinking he wasn’t going to play. I was thinking about who are we going to get? Who wants to trade? There wasn’t anybody to draft. That was obvious. Me, to the public, I was fine with the two we had: Blaine (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask). Because I’ve seen Blaine win with a good team behind him. Had Tom not come back, I probably would still be coaching. I couldn’t give Todd that situation.”
Arians was simply saying that he wouldn’t have left Todd Bowles in a bad situation with no quarterback. Arians would’ve essentially fallen on the sword and rode out the tough year without Brady. That’s it. There’s nothing there from Arians indicating that he didn’t want to coach a team with Brady on the roster.
But Arians not wanting to leave Bowles in a bad situation isn’t a great headline, so I guess it’s easier to take his quote out of context and stir up some drama.
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