Friday a report from Fox Sports Radio’s Rich Ohrnberger ruffled some feathers on the interwebs with his report of a “souring” relationship between Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and recently retired quarterback Tom Brady.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that he talked with Arians Saturday about that report and others to which Arians called them, “far-fetched”. Arians went on, “It seems like there’s one (story) every day now. Everybody is speculating he’s going somewhere else. That don’t bother me. This other bulls—, the relationship thing, that’s so far-fetched.’’
Former teammate of Brady’s and current analysts/host for Fox Sports Radio Ohrnberger reported his sources said, “Apparently, while Arians was rehabbing the Achilles in the early mornings, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Brady would work on the week’s game plan,’’ Ohrnberger tweeted. “Arians would later come in and take the red pen to work they’d done. The QB and OC felt undermined, there was tension.’’
“Byron could Corroborate This”
Via Stroud, Arians responded with, “I mean, that’s such bulls—‚’’ Arians stated. “That’s what pisses me off. I guess probably Byron could corroborate this, too.’’
Arians is on record saying Leftwich is responsible for the offense from top to bottom. On Saturday Arians told Stroud from the Tampa Bay Times that a couple of things in the report that were simply untrue.
“First of all, I don’t rehab my Achilles in the morning,’’ Arians stated. “I will go over the game plans and add things, but I don’t delete anything. I don’t have to because they do such a good job. I’ll see some things. Add some things. It’s an awesome collaboration, one of the best I’ve ever been around.’’
“I Never Heard Of That One”
Per Stroud, Arians went on to say he hasn’t used a red pen to alter the game plan. “I never heard of that one,’’ Arians said laughing. “That was the best one ever. That’s pretty graphic to not know what the (expletive) you’re talking about.”
The NFL silly season is in full affect, we’re here to report what is being reported and this one was a doozy. Special shout out to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times for getting the other side of this story.
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