Shortly after Bruce Arians announced Wednesday night that he would be stepping down as Buccaneers head coach, many began speculating as to what led to the shocking decision, with some drawing on past accounts.
Rich Ohrnberger, a former NFL player-turned-sports host, supposedly in February how Arians and Tom Brady’s relationship “soured” and whether that played a role in the quarterback’s decision to retire after 22 seasons. Back then, Ohrnberger claims that Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich “felt undermined” when Arian – who was reportedly rehabilitating his Achilles tendon in the early hours of the morning – “came in later and took the red pencil to work they had done” in terms of game planning.
Ohrnberger – who also had a February report on Brittany Matthews’ game day accessibility which was quickly shut down by Patrick Mahomes – appeared to react to Wednesday’s series of events and post an odd GIF afterwards Retweeting the original Los Angeles Times story about Arians.
Though it’s unclear what happened behind closed doors in Tampa, Arians’ move to the front office comes a few weeks after Brady didn’t retire. The seven-time Super Bowl champion, who has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, was called “either the same day or a day after the quarterback announced he was completing his retirement,” according to the Tampa Bay Times Arians informed.
Arians told Pro Football Talk and the Los Angeles Times how Brady’s return affected his decision to change course professionally.
“Tom was kind of the key. When Tom decided to come back … and all these guys now, it’s the perfect time for me to just go into the front office and still have the relationships that I love,” he said Wednesday.
Brady, 44, and Arians’ relationship has been a hot topic this offseason, with the 69-year-old manager calling alleged discord between the two “bulls”.
“It seems like there’s one (story) every day now,” Arians told the Tampa Bay Times in February. “Everyone is speculating that he is going somewhere else. I do not mind. That other nonsense, the relationship thing, it’s so far fetched.”
Whether or not tensions existed, Brady tipped his hat to Arians in an Instagram tribute on Wednesday night.
“Thank you BA for everything you have done for me and our team. You’re an incredible man and coach and it was a privilege to play for you,” Brady wrote, among other things, to which Arians replied, “Thank you Brotha.”
Arians and Bowles are expected to address the media on Thursday.
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