Tom Brady's inaugural season in Tampa Bay hasn't been the smoothest ride, but it's been an enjoyable one for him and his head coach, Bruce Arians.
When Brady signed with the Buccaneers in March, it seemed like an odd fit. Arians typically has an offensive scheme that involves long-developing plays and requires the quarterback to take shots down the field. That hasn't exactly been Brady's bread and butter during his career.
Nonetheless, the two have found a way to get the Bucs to 9-5 and in a position to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the 2007 season.
Arians talked to reporters Tuesday about how he and Brady have built chemistry since the 43-year-old took his talents to Tampa Bay.
"The chemistry really started at our first meeting. We first started talking offensive football and then the Tampa Bay Bucs," Arians said. "His excitement level and my excitement level I think just kept growing and is still growing. To watch him play when we protect him and put him in situations where he can play like he did in the second half of that ballgame [vs. Atlanta], he still is as good as there is in this league."
On Sunday, Brady and the Buccaneers gave flashbacks of Super Bowl LI when Brady and the Patriots pulled off their historic comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs were down 24-7 in the second half and stormed back to win 31-27. Brady threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Arians has been critical of Brady at times this season, but he knows what the six-time Super Bowl champion is capable of if he's put in a position to succeed.
"It's been a long process. We're still learning each and every week," Arians added. "There are little things in the gameplans and situational football that we talk out ... collaboration has been awesome. It's our job to keep him healthy, keep him upright, and let him do his thing."
If the Buccaneers win in their Week 16 matchup vs. the Detroit Lions, they'll clinch a playoff spot. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. on Sunday.