Buccaneers offseason drama has clear obvious conclusion

Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

Since the news about Bruce Arians leaving the head coaching position of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was announced last week, rumors have swept the football world on the reasons why he would leave the role at such a peculiar time.

To many, it seemed oddly convenient that Arians would choose to step down not long after quarterback Tom Brady rescinded his retirement announcement and declared he would be returning for the final year of his contract with the Bucs.

When fans began to connect the dots between Brady’s return, combined with rumors all last season of a growing rift between Brady and Arians, many began to speculate that the Hall of Fame QB had forced Arians out.

However, this could not be further from the truth.

Brady spent nearly 20 years playing under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. It was widely known the two were not particularly close and had a purely professional relationship.

Despite this, Brady flourished and never caused any issues with Belichick, the team, or the Patriots front office over their numerous rifts.

So it’s ridiculous to assume that Brady has all of sudden gone on an ego trip and aggressively planned to push out a head coach with whom he has won a Super Bowl a little over a year ago.

Now, by no means does this mean the two were best friends or always got along. However, neither Arians nor Brady have a history of pushing out players or coaches, so it would be uncharacteristic for either of them to suddenly begin doing so now.

What most likely occurred was Arians saw an opportunity to hand the reigns of the team off to Todd Bowles before any relationship truly did sour between Brady and the Bucs.

Not to mention, this would give Bowles a season as head coach with a talented roster before Brady leaves next year and the team inevitably has to do some rebuilding.

All in all, it’s an insult to the success of both Arians and Brady to believe that either man would let a “rift” be the only reason for Arians stepping down.

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