Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians claims he and Tom Brady 'fine' after Week 1 criticism



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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians claims he and Tom Brady 'fine' after Week 1 criticism

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians claims he doesn't care what the NFL great Brett Favre or anybody else thinks about his Tom Brady following a Week 1 loss against the New Orleans Saints. In his debut with the Buccaneers, six-time Super Bowl champion Brady threw two interceptions as the Saints won 34-23.

"Tom and I are fine. I don't really care what other people think. So it's just what he and I think," Arians said on Wednesday, per ESPN. "We left the stadium fine. We showed up today fine. There ain't nothin' to talk about."

After the game, Arians surprisingly publicly criticized Brady. "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," Arians said post-game.

Favre wasn't happy when he heard Arians publicly criticizing Brady

Favre, a former Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP, wasn't too thrilled when he heard Arians throwing Brady under the bus.

"Dissension could easily enter quickly," Favre acknowledged. "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."

After 20 years spent with the New England Patriots, Brady changed teams for the first time this offseason when he signed with the Buccaneers. "Bruce Arians is the head coach, he's gonna do it the way he wants to do it -- and I'm not saying that it's right or wrong -- but what's happened in New England for so many years is that it worked," Favre said.

"And I'm not saying that it's the right formula, but it certainly is one of the right formulas. I just don't see any good that comes out of calling your quarterback out. "And we're not just talking about a quarterback -- we're talking about the biggest acquisition maybe in football history.

I don't care if he's 43, or 33 or 21. Say collectively, 'We've gotta play better, from quarterback to kicker, we've gotta play better, we've gotta coach better. In order to get where we want to go, that's what we're gonna have to do.' And leave it at that."