Former Bucs head coach Bruce Arians says he’d ‘probably’ still be head coach if Tom Brady stayed retired

won a Super Bowl together in Brady’s first year in Tampa Bay before losing to the LA Rams in the 2021 NFC Divisional Playoffs.

Tampa, FL, 미국;  탬파베이 버커니어스 쿼터백 톰 브래디 (12) participates in a press conference during mandatory mini camp at AdventHealth Training Center.

Tampa, FL, 미국; 탬파베이 버커니어스 쿼터백 톰 브래디 (12) participates in a press conference during mandatory mini camp at AdventHealth Training Center. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

Brady announced his retirement from the game of football not long after the end of the 2021 시즌, before doing an about-face and returning to the Bucs for his 23rd season in the league. Shortly after Brady announced his return, Arians stepped away as head coach – naming defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as head coach – and taking a position in the front office.

There have been rumors that the relationship had grown strained – a rumor that both Brady and Arians have denied – and now Arians is saying that Brady’s return to Tampa Bay did have an impact on his decision to step away. Just not in the way some want to think.

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I was going the other way. I was thinking he wasn’t going to play,” 아리우스가 말했다, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I was thinking about who are we going to get? Who wants to trade? There wasn’t anybody to draft. That was obvious. Me, 대중에게, I was fine with the two we had: Blaine (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask). Because I’ve seen Blaine win with a good team behind him. Had Tom not come back, I probably would still be coaching. I couldn’t give Todd that situation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bruce Arians watches action on the field from his golf cart during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minicamp on June 07, 2022 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, 플로리다.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bruce Arians watches action on the field from his golf cart during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minicamp on June 07, 2022 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, 플로리다. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Arians told The Times that he had been thinking about retirement from coaching for some time, saying that the 2022 season more than likely would be his last regardless of the results.

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“그것은 90 percent that (이) year would be my last, 그래도,” said Arians, 누가 돌릴 것인가 70 10 월. “Seventy (살이에요) was going to be it.

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After Brady retired, Arians planned on returning as he did not want to hand Bowles a situation without a franchise quarterback for his second stint as an NFL head coach.

탬파베이 버커니어스 쿼터백 톰 브래디 (12) participates in mandatory mini camp at AdventHealth Training Center.

탬파베이 버커니어스 쿼터백 톰 브래디 (12) participates in mandatory mini camp at AdventHealth Training Center. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

When Brady decided to return, Arians told The Times that it was time for a change, a change for him and for Bowles.

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“둘 다. It was time for the whole situation to change,” 아리우스가 말했다. “The narrative had to change. I was very upset with the hiring cycle.

Arians called Brady while the seven-time Super Bowl champion was on vacation in Italy to inform him of the move. A move which Brady was completely on board with.

There was nothing that came between me and (브래디),” 아리우스가 말했다. “It was just what I want to do. I asked if he was okay with the plan and he said, ‘Hell yeah!’”

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