Tom Brady and Bruce Arians certainly are doing all they can to dispel the rumors of a possible rift between them.
Arians has openly criticized Brady's play on more than one occasion this year, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback apparently hasn't taken it to heart. Brady had nothing but positive things to say about his relationship with his head coach on Thursday.
“I feel like we have a great relationship. From the moment I got here, we’ve just had great dialogue and I certainly appreciate all the insight he gives me and the way he coaches and leads," Brady said. "It’s been a different year for all of us dealing with those type of circumstances where normally you would have opportunities to get to know each other in a different way. One thing that’s tough for all of us around the facility is you don’t get one-on-one time with anybody [and] you don’t get any personal time where you’d be sitting around talking and eating together. There’s no close contact, so every conversation is just very different than what it’s been in the past. We’re making the best of it.
"Like I said, it’s very open [and] honest dialogue about how we think [and] certainly how I can be most effective. Any questions he has, we always have a great, open line of communication. I really enjoy my time getting to know him and I have great admiration for him as a coach, as a man, as what he is off the field and how he commands and leads the team.”
Though he hasn't been shy about criticizing Brady, Arians has changed his tune recently. Last week he called Brady a "joy to coach," and this week he kept the compliments coming.
“I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing Tom,” Arians told reporters on Wednesday. “What he did at the end of the half and to start the second half [against] Minnesota — very, very few teams can score 17 points in a matter of five or six minutes. If we finished the half with 17 points, I don’t [care] how we start. He’s not getting enough credit for what he’s doing.”
Sounds like there's no trouble in paradise after all.
Brady and the Bucs (8-5) will visit the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.