Fletcher: Arians’ Criticism Of Brady “Not Necessary”

London Fletcher does not think Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians should have publicly criticized Tom Brady after their Week 1 loss

The DA Show
September 18, 2020 - 10:55 am

Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut didn’t exactly go as planned. Brady struggled for much of the game and threw a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six, in a 34-23 loss to the Saints.

Afterward, Bruce Arians didn’t hold back in his assessment of Brady’s performance.

Was it smart for Arians to publicly criticize a six-time Super Bowl champion after one bad game?

“I didn’t love it,” NFL analyst London Fletcher said on The DA Show. “We know that’s how Bruce is. He tells it like it is. But I think in that situation, with a guy like Tom Brady, you wait until you watch the film. Brady knew he didn’t play his best game. Certain guys, they knew he was going to come out determined the next week regardless of what happened, regardless of what Bruce said. But for Bruce to say what he said in public, that was just not necessary. Tom seemed a little perturbed by it, too.”

Arians’ criticism may have been premature. Talking to media after the game, he said Brady was responsible for both interceptions, including one he threw when trying to hit Mike Evans. Arians insisted Evans “read it right,” but upon further review, he didn’t.

“It wasn’t Brady’s fault; it was Evans’ fault,” Fletcher said. “We knew Brady shouldn’t have thrown the pick-six. He made a bad decision on that play when he had the screen open. But you just don’t handle a guy like Tom Brady like that. It’s not necessary. Coach him, criticize him in practice and things like that, but to do it publicly in that form, I didn’t think it was necessary.”