The relationship between Tom Brady and his head coach, Bruce Arians was reportedly “souring” throughout the 2021 season.
Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, who works for Fox Sports Radio, reported Friday the “tension” surrounding offensive game planning, but he noted it wasn’t the main factor in the legendary quarterback’s decision to retire:
There were no signs of lingering problems between the pair after Brady announced his retirement in early February.
“To my head coach Bruce Arians, thanks for putting up with me! Your firm leadership and guidance were ideal,” Brady wrote on Instagram. “There is no way we could have had success without your experience, intuition and wisdom. I am very grateful.”
Arians released a statement through the team calling Brady the GOAT:
If there was a souring of relationship between Brady and Arians, it surely didn’t impact their offensive production as Brady and the Bucs ranked second in both total offense (405.9 yards per game) and scoring offense (30.1 points per game) during the regular season. They scored 31 points in a playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles and 27 in their elimination at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams.
That success followed a 2020 season where they combined to guide the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl LV title in the quarterback’s first year with the franchise.