Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady insists everything is all great between him and team head coach Bruce Arians as he claims they "have a great relationship." Arians has already called out Brady several times this season after poor games and the rumors began to swirl that the relationship between the two had been damaged.
According to six-time Super Bowl champion Brady, nothing is wrong with him and Arians as he insists they have had some great conversations. The Buccaneers, who entered this season as one of the top favorites to win it all, have been struggling at times this season but still they own a positive 8-5 record.
"I feel we have a great relationship. From the moment I got here, we've just had great dialogue and I certainly appreciate all the insight he gives me and the way he coaches and leads," Brady said of his relationship with Arians, as quoted on ESPN.
Brady noted the situation's not ideal
After 20 years with the New England Patriots and six Super Bowl trophies, Brady changed teams for the first time in his career and signed with the Buccaneers. Getting to know new teammates and building a chemistry with new teammates has never been tougher as everything is limited during the pandemic.
"It's been a different year for all of us dealing with those type of circumstances where normally you would have opportunities to get to know each other in a different way," Brady said. "One thing that's tough for all of us around the facility is you don't get one-on-one time with anybody [and] you don't get any personal time where you'd be sitting around talking and eating together.
There's no close contact, so every conversation is just very different than what it's been in the past. We're making the best of it." Some have suggested that Arians isn't playing to Brady's strength and that has contributed to the quarterback's poor play at times.
"It's a very open [and] honest dialogue about how we think [and] certainly how I can be most effective," Brady said. "Any questions he has, we always have a great, open line of communication. I really enjoy my time getting to know him and I have great admiration for him as a coach, as a man, as what he is off the field and how he commands and leads the team." The Buccaneers play the Atlanta Falcons on the road this Sunday.