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Former Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians held his farewell press convention Thursday, wrapping up three years in Tampa Bay and a long teaching stint at a celebration that included the Buccaneers saying Arians will likely be added to the crew’s Ring of Honor.
On this occasion, Arians addressed the largely ignored elephant in the room — his seemingly frayed relationship with Tom Brady.
”All the players, there are a few here, every one of them has been stubborn“” Brady said, “with him. It’s just a part of me. This is not new. We have an amazing relationship. . . . People received to rate the shit. This could not be further from reality.”
Arians downplayed any notion of points with Brady further stating that they stayed in touch throughout Brady’s retirement and played collectively. However, there is a distinction between the professional and the private. Haven’t we all had in the future, at some unspecified moment, a colleague who became a good friend and, subsequently, points appeared in the context of the employment relationship? Just because two people do not see eye to eye professionally does not mean that friendship should also die.
In fact, if Brady was given the spot in the end where he didn’t believe Arians was giving the crew the best chance to win, would he pull the plug on his friendship with him? Wouldn’t he show up at his farewell press convention?
It was comical, frankly, to see so many people conclusively assume that Brady’s presence at the press convention regularly means that every little thing was fantastic and dandy between the participant and the coach. Are we really that naive? Will we not understand that the problems that people do and say publicly do not usually reflect private emotions?
The circumstantial evidence, coupled with persistent and unambiguous reports from the rich Ohrnberger, highlighted Brady’s pure human resentment for the truth that he and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich broke their butts every week on the sports front and that, apparently, Arians rushed and tried to vary the problems without the fairness that comes from placing in the learning time of the film and choosing performances and determining the best technique to beat the next opponent.
If there was a rift between Brady and Arians, would anyone expect them to admit it? If Brady conditioned his return on the main adjustments made by the teaching employees, would anyone expect him to acknowledge this publicly? And if Arians was pushed out of his job, but he and the crew designed an exit based on a notion of high succession, would anyone anticipate something that conflicts with this narrative?
At the end of his remarks, Arians left. He quickly returned here. He told the gathered journalists “”It was nice to work with you, the press, all over the country. Florio, you can write what you need. It’s OK.”
Cheap minds can interpret these phrases differently. I will interpret them as Arians recognizing that the members of the media have a job to do, that we all do it in our own way, and that he does not have exhausting emotions, no matter what I really feel obliged to note or say, even when it opposes the story that he or the crew would really like us to accept and simply repeat.
Or maybe he just needed to provide me with a verbal middle finger on his way out the door. Anyway, the fact that he was reflecting on the opinions expressed about this house while he was making his final remarks as an NFL head coach confirms that they are learning these phrases, and that they have a real impression and effect among those who coach, manage, staff, and play for NFL groups.