Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre was surprised to hear Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians publicly criticize six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady after a New Orleans Saints loss. Brady, who was making his debut against the Saints this past weekend, didn't impress as he threw two interceptions -- of which one was a pick-six -- and the Saints won 34-23.
"Getting to Bruce Arians' comments, true or not, I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady," Favre said Tuesday on "The SiriusXM Blitz with Brett Favre and Bruce Murray," as quoted on ESPN.
"Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, 'Hey, I'm going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we're going to treat you the same even though technically I'm not, so are you OK with it?' If they have that truce, great.
If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree." When asked about Brady's two turnovers, Arians said post-game: "One was a miscommunication between he and Mike [Evans]. He thought Mike was going down the middle -- it was a different coverage -- Mike read it right.
He should have been across his face, but Tom overthrew it. "The other one was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the outlet and it was a pick-six. Bad decision."
Favre says no need for panic in Tampa Bay
Brady, 43, changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason and learning a new playbook and developing chemistry with new teammates usually takes time.
"Dissension could easily enter quickly," Favre said. "Maybe the Saints didn't do anything that they were not ready for other than we didn't protect very well, Tom gets hit a couple of times, you get a little jittery, it happens."
"First half of the Super Bowl against the Falcons he was getting nailed, played lackluster at best. They went in, had a come-to-Jesus at halftime, they don't even come close to touching him in the second half and he's flawless.
So they clean up the protection, the timing, the chemistry will come. Will it come overnight? I highly doubt it, but it will come pretty quickly, though, and they very easily could be 4-1 after five weeks." The Buccaneers will host the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.