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) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady had little to say Thursday in response to coach Bruce Arians’ critical assessment of the quarterback’s play during the six-time Super Bowl champion’s 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.

“He’s a coach. I’m 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 doesn’t 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 don’t really care what other people think. It’s just what he and I think,” Arians said. “We left the stadium fine. ... There’s 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.