A lot of eyebrows were raised regarding Bruce Arians' comments to Peter King following the Buccaneers' win over the Saints.
According to Arians, Tom Brady is getting an opportunity he never did in New England.
“Consummate leader,” Arians said. “Has been all year. Got the air of confidence that permeates through our team every day. I allow him to be himself. Like, New England didn’t allow him to coach. I allow him to coach. I just sit back sometimes and watch.”
But for some this wasn't about Arians' loose lips. This was all about Brady's mindset from Day 1 in Tampa Bay.
"Brady is venting and explaining the situation either before he signed, during the season," said Christian Fauria on OMF Monday. "‘Wow, this is so different. You let me do what I need to do.’ So Arians is just repeating it and paraphrasing it in his own words. … All that is missing is, ‘Yeah, Brady told me. We have had lots of talks. I let him coach. I let him be who he is. I let him spread his wings and fly.’ This is amazing. There is this myth that nobody has any fun playing for the Patriots and Tedy Bruschi can’t be himself, and Willie McGinest can’t be himself and nobody can joke around. Lonie Paxton was a long-snapper. He became a relevant player as a long-snapper."
Fauria wasn't alone in his take that Arians was simply parroting Brady, with co-host Lou Merloni citing a story from Gary Myers.
"Part of it was Brady wanting more input into an offensive gameplay and felt the last couple of years he didn’t have as much input as he once did," Merloni said. "I can guarantee Brady went down there and has talked to Bruce Arians about that."