Bruce Arians Talks About Asking For Tom Brady’s Blessing

December 28th, 2020

Joe loves getting the inside line on key game decisions at One Buc Palace.

One team call was especially different Saturday against the stumbling, demoralized Lions. The Bucs won the coin flip and opted to receive. Bucco Bruce Arians is a defer kind of guy, loving the ball to start the third quarter.

Not Saturday.

Arians wanted to open with the football — perhaps to try and ignite a fast start — and the head coach described his decision-making process to the Buccaneers Radio Network.

“Normally we would defer and try to score before the half and then get the ball the second half and take the game over,” Arians said. “This week, Tom and I talked about it. He was very comfortable; you know, he’s going against this same defense up in New England for 20 years. So I said, ‘What do you think about taking the ball [to start the game]?’ He said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s go attack.’ We really did. He did a great job.”

Hmm, what if Brady said, ‘No, coach, I don’t want to take the ball?” We’ll never know the answer to that.

Thankfully, Brady gave his blessing and the Bucs scored on the first possession, albeit after Brady misfired on his first pass and the Bucs failed on the initial third down but were bailed out by an offsides call.


19 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks About Asking For Tom Brady’s Blessing”

  1. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Hmm… TB has accomplished and seen more real NFL
    than BA or any other swinging dick that has ever walked the face of the earth… a word to the wise , BA, keep asking for TB’s “blessing “

  2. MakeAPlay Says:

    Why would any QB ever say he doesn’t want the ball?

  3. Chesapeake Bay Bucco Says:

    BA asked TB12’s opinion, not his permission. There is a difference. One is the HC and one id the QB, albeit the GOAT.

  4. alton green Says:

    Well Joe have you ever seen the SNL “Downer Debbie” skit? You sound like an older relative of mine, (72). If she says something positive, she IMMEDIATELY follow up with something negative as though she has a phobia about being wrong. I can only speak for this 6 decade fan. “I couldn’t give a rat’s ^%# less what would have happened if Tom had said something different” He didn’t, we won. I believe as a 20 yr fan of Tom Brady, most Tamps fans STILL don’t really realize what a special player he is. Perfect? of course not. Let me give all the younger fans some advice. Google “Tom Brady’s first Super bowl comeback.” That would be XXXVl. Just over a minute to play, (with no TOs), against the best offensive team in history from their own 18 yd line. The HOF coach, John Madden was saying “take a knee and go to overtime” This was Tompa’s 1st yr. as a starter. It’s a 5 minute video. It gives new meaning to the saying “he has ice in his veins”

  5. LVMYBUCS Says:

    For goodness sake Bucs just let TB run the team and Arians run the golf cart.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think that was psychologically a very good move by both Brady & BA…..we needed to shake up the slow start mentality….need to do it again vs Atl.

  7. Sport Says:

    BA would have asked the same question of any starting QB he is coaching.

    All you guys fall for the overhyped Brady/Head Coach soap opera. It just shows your leadership/management/team aptitude, or lack thereof.

    But if that’s how you guys have fun being a fan. Enjoy!

    In BA I Trust!

  8. TB12 In Da Bay Says:

    BA do yourself a favor and listen to the GOAT and enjoy the ride to wins.

  9. Stu Says:

    Hidden play within the game that doesn’t get much pub…Lions were offside on the first 3rd down of the game or else the Bucs were 3 and out…

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Joe, you mentioned Brady’s misfire on his first pass and then failure to convert on 3rd down. I thought, oh here we go again, and then came the offside call. From that point on things were right on track.

  11. Pewter Power Says:

    Nonsense bucs always elected to receiver last year I doubt Bruce Arians needed Tom guidance on something so basic with two games left in the nfl season but ok kinda used to you guys over reaching it’s all good thanks for all the great content anyway

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    Who cares? I was glad to see M12 throw to ME13 and CG14 in the FIRST half. Gives me hope.

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If you recall in the Patriot / Rams superbowl near end of game Bellechick asked Brady on a 4th & 1 if they should kick the field goal. Brady said yes, not because he didn’t want the ball because it was the right thing to do at the time. I would be nervous if they didn’t converse. Deferring is always the best option but the Bucs defense has had slow starts, by taking the ball Brady proved both sides can start better. Interesting that BL wasn’t mentioned in the decision. Things that make you go Hmmm.

  14. Sourbob Says:

    Once again, Brady out-coaching “the coach”.

  15. Primo One Says:

    Coach, you talk way too much. Shut up and pretend to coach.

  16. Ericb Says:

    Another nevative article damn joe just admit you cant stand the. BUcs winning..on to the ATL and the playoffs SB here we come!!

  17. Hodad Says:

    I get the idea of deferring till the second half, but I never agreed with it. When you do that, and the other team scores, you’re playing catch up from the get go. If you don’t answer that score, you risk being down two scores before the 2nd quarter even starts. We’ve seen that to many times this year. Best defense is a good offence. We have a good offence, take the ball, take the lead, let the other team have to play catch up.

  18. Joel D Says:

    One word, GOAT! 4 time MVP, 6 Superbowl won with 9 appearances. For 10 years players with Tom Brady have said he’s like a coach on the field. 43 years old and still performing on an elite level. Ariana is very lucky to have him.
    Hopefully number 7 is coming soon.
    Good luck Bucs!

  19. Lyndon Robinson Says:

    Hello we got Tom Brady act like it