Bruce Arians Says Tom Brady Isn’t What He Used To Be

June 5th, 2020

Tom Brady is known for having the proverbial chip on his shoulder, so maybe the latest commentary from Bucco Bruce Arians will fire Brady up even more to reverse the fortunes of the bumbling Bucs franchise.

Arians joined 100.9 FM in Alabama yesterday and was asked what he saw in his film review of Brady before signing him.

“Well, he’s not the guy he was 15 years ago or 10 years ago, but he’s still a great player,” Arians said of Brady.

“I was very impressed with his deep-ball accuracy. He still gets it out of his hand fast. He’s an extremely bright guy. He’s going to put you in the right place. He’s not gonna turn the ball over. He did a great job in their play-action game, which we love also. So he fits a lot of things we do. He’s going to throw it to the open guy and that’s what quarterbacks do.”

Yes, Arians loves Brady. And Joe agrees Brady is still a great player.

But Joe suspects Brady might scowl hearing his new coach say he isn’t what he used to be. If it’s possible to light a greater fire under Brady, hopefully Arians just found a way.


38 Responses to “Bruce Arians Says Tom Brady Isn’t What He Used To Be”

  1. Amar Says:


  2. Joehelldeloxley Says:

    Why should Brady be upset ?
    It’s true !
    He is not the player he used to be 15 or 10 years ago.
    He is better on some point and worst on others ones.
    That’s life !

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    His arm is still good enough. But his “smarts” makes him stand out. He may be the smartest (at quickly assessing options) that ever played the game. That trait just gets better with age.

  4. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Pssst… none of are

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t think Brady needs a fire lit.

    And even if he isn’t what he once was, he’s still better than 31 other starting QBs.

  6. I Bleed Pewter Says:

    I think Brady is smarter than that. He knows he can’t muscle ball anymore but with wisdom and age comes finesse.

  7. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    He isn’t league MVP caliber anymore…..okay still an incredible Quarterback and a clear upgrade at the position for us.

    This is like when Joe Montana went to the chiefs (I swear to god if people say that was a failure)

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    Passive-aggressive motivation: “Prove you’re as good as you used to be.”

    Nothing to see here but effective coach-speak.

  9. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Bruce Arrogance “isn’t what he used to be”!!!!!!!!!! This will prove it again, that ole stale biscuit barely coaches and when he does, its sloppy!!!!!!!! One just has to look at the Bucs being the most penalized team in the NFL last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sloppy Indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Allbuccedup Says:

    If the bucs don’t make the postseason Arians and Licht have to go. Make Derrick Brooks the GM and let him select the new coach.

  11. BuucccNASTY Says:

    I’m not the person I was 15 or 10 years ago. Would you milk me too Faulker?

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    How long is a typical nfl career for a great player? Who the hell would be the player there were 10-15 years ago? SMDH

  13. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Another useless article where you make crap up out of nothing. No player is the same compared to 15 years ago. Journalistic integrity…you should try it

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    The thing is, he doesn’t have to be the same player he was 10 years ago. He’s got more weapons now than he’s ever had. His mind is still sharp as ever, and that means he can read defenses. Direct the primary receiver to the hole in the defense and hit him in stride. His arm strength may have diminished, but I’m not sure his accuracy has (stats people?). Read the weakness in the defense, and hit your player in stride. Nothing else needed.

  15. DBS Says:

    Brooks is not John Lynch. Keep him away from the Bucs. Where is our Arena team now under his involvement?

  16. Ron Says:

    If you are playing baseball, it is not how hard you throw it to first base but how quickly you get the ball there. Brady is one of the best in the game, this is through technique and knowledge and with practice and repetition there is no hesitation or inhibitions making it very difficult to defend or respond as he gives very little tells in his motion. Age always plays a part in mobility and physical recovery, but similar to Manning he sees and releases the ball quicker and is the best in the game at doing so.

  17. Casual Observer Says:

    Ron – Agree. Hard to quantify this major skill but believe it to be true.

  18. pick6 Says:

    i think Bruce knows exactly what he’s doing with this comment. It’s not a slap in the face but it’s a friendly challenge to prove the coach wrong. I think Bruce is privately confident that Brady can touch his peak production with the weapons available to him

  19. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    I think Arians needs to look in the mirror and ask himself if “he” is the coach that he was 10 years ago. If so, why is he delegating Offense to Lefty, when we all know that Arians would be a better play caller. Brady will be just fine.

  20. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    A 50% Brady > than 110% Jameis.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Brady is not what he use to be? Then why we pay him 50 mil for 2 yrs? You guys ain’t seen nothin yet. Wait until he goes down along with his 10 mil sidekick Gronk. Desperation is a terrible thing Buc fans.

  22. Casual Observer Says:

    Mike – Buc fans are desperate for a winning season. I agree. And that is not so terrible; and it is understandable. I think they (we) are lucky to get both Brady and Gronk. Costly? Who cares.? I suspect that they are worth the price. But it’s only (not ours) money. Think positive!

  23. DBS Says:

    Mike can’t think positive. Really does not want to. He is really hoping to be the first to say “I told you so”.

  24. SOEbuc Says:

    Mike Johnson

    Unlike Gronk, Brady has missed only one game or some sh!t his entire career so he didn’t just come out of injury retirement. GOAT TE Gronk to help a young similar large, athletic OJ. Fine by me.

  25. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    BA is just a stubborn old man, he just has to say something on everything…. bringing TB here has made him more outspoken and he thinks “more smart”…
    i hope he puts his diapers together….. and just become a do nothing HC….
    he has nothing to give at this point, he just should stay away of TB plays/decisions… and we will be fine…..

  26. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Mike Johnson

    Your posts are coming across like a guy who hopes the “home” team fails so he can say neener neener I told you so.

    Are you a Bucs fan? Why do you loathe Buc fans?

    You’re like those guys who “love” America but hate Americans.

  27. Clean House Says:

    Should have kept the 26 year old NFL leading passer and figured out the turnovers. Every qb in BS’s system had major turnovers in year one.
    JW didn’t get year 2. Total BS

  28. Clean House Says:

    Bring back JW in two years after this old timer coach/qb experiment falls flat on its face. Get rid of Licht

  29. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:


    Brady had his knee blown out in the 1st game of the season many years ago and missed the entire season. I think that was the Matt Cassle year. That’s what truly made QBs untouchable to the point of grazing them results in flags.

    Other than that, Brady never misses games.

  30. MRRR Says:

    The “NFL leading passer” is a 3rd string QB. Two years from now he’ll be in the Canadian Football League.

  31. BigHog Says:

    AlabamaBucfan: you sound just like someone from Alabama…A$$ Backwsrds!!!

  32. BigHog Says:

    MRRR: are you from Alabama too? Asking for a friend.

  33. Hodad Says:

    The important take I got was he’s going to hit the open guy. Unlike the last five years it’ll be the open guy on offence, not defense!!!!

  34. Knuckle Sandwich Delivery Service Says:

    Jameis is from Alabama.

  35. Ironman459 Says:

    Theres a time and place for expressing your views for every American citizen. There’s numerous platform’s available also. Social media ; post your own blog..instagram..etc…these guys are making millions of dollars a year..If it were me, I would if for no other reason stand and at least show respect for a country that allows an individual to attain that goal.
    I watch football to see elite athletes playing a game not to see them disrespecting the USA. MY father and his 3 brothers fought in WW cousin who was as a brother to me fought in we can all gather freely and express our opinions..and if need be protest injustice..and get paid a lot of money to play sports.
    So yeah stand for the National Anthem and show respect for the USA ..the Star Spangled Banner was and still is one of the greatest “Protest” songs ever written..for Americans , formerly British citizens. , to take on the greatest and most powerful empire in the world
    So stand up put your hand over your heart ..or take a slow boat to sure the Chinese Communist Party would love to have a high profile NFL player to parade thru the country..

  36. mike rivers Says:

    The issue is supporting a community that has been enslaved, discriminit is still ated against, and victimized by systemic racism. This was never about disrespecting the flag or the military It was a statement against police violence against people of color. Trump and his minions hijacked this issue and turned it into an act of disrespect for the flag and toward our military. That kind of ‘love it or leave it” crap was nonsense 40-50 years ago. Trump is running yet another misdirection to avoid facing the reality that racism exists. It’s a more subtle form of racism, but it is still racism.

  37. Oneilbucs Says:

    Mike Rivers You telling the truth bro but they don’t want to hear it . But if you bring up Iraq and the war in Iraq or Afghanistan then they will tell you how bad their people were treated but they ignore the way people of color is treated in their own country . And as soon as people start talking about it and protesting peacefuly it becomes a problem the way they do it. They cry about the second amendment right while at the same time they complain about the first amendment rights for people of color .

  38. Statguy Says:

    Why pay him 50m for 2 years? Ummm the top third of the qbs make that or more. We got a bargain