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Brady Says Little About Arians' Criticism Of QB's Play

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The Saints won 34-23. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The Saints won 34-23. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Tom Brady had little to say Thursday in response to coach Bruce Arians critical assessment of the quarterbacks play during the sixtime Super Bowl champions debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TAMPA, Fla.: Tom Brady had little to say Thursday in response to coach Bruce Arians critical assessment of the quarterbacks play during the six-time Super Bowl champions debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Arians made headlines after the Bucs fell to New Orleans 34-23 in the season opener, initially attributing a pair of interceptions to mistakes by Brady, who signed with the team in free agency after 20 years with the New England Patriots.

The coach later said receiver Mike Evans was at fault for one of the interceptions, but remained adamant that Brady made a bad decision on a sideline throw that Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned for a touchdown.

Hes a coach. Im a player, Brady said Thursday. Just trying to win a game.

Hall of Famer Brett Favre is among many who have questioned whether Arians, who doesnt shy away from criticizing his players, should have called out his quarterback in public.

The coach said Wednesday that his relationship with Brady is good.

Tom and I are fine, so I dont really care what other people think. Its just what he and I think, Arians said. We left the stadium fine. … Theres nothing to talk about.

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich played for Arians in Pittsburgh, when the coach was the offensive coordinator and Leftwich was a backup to Ben Roethlisberger.

Thats what I know of B.A. Me and Tom didnt really talk about it, so obviously I dont think it was an issue, Leftwich said. Its B.A. being B.A. All we can worry about is getting to practice, work, get better (and) try to fix our mistakes so we can go out there and try to win football games.

The offensive coordinator expects Brady to rebound Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Hes the best for a reason. The way that his mind works, the way that he sees the game. Like I said, hes a special guy. Hes a unique guy because of the way he sees football, Leftwich said. I dont expect (anything) different from him. I expect hes going to come in and do what he can. Bring energy, bring excitement to the game (and) to the team, and do all the things possible for us to execute at a high level.

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