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Why ex-Steelers CB Ike Taylor believes Tom Brady will love playing for Bruce Arians

Why ex-Steelers CB Ike Taylor believes Tom Brady will love playing for Bruce Arians

There's no doubt joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be an odd transition for Tom Brady after spending the last 20 years in New England. But one of Bruce Arians' former players expects the Bucs head coach will make that adjustment as smooth as possible.

Ex-Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor spent eight years with Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh when Arians was an assistant coach. In a recent interview with TMZ, Taylor raved about Arians' coaching style and was adamant Brady will enjoy playing for him in Tampa Bay.

"He's a player's coach," Taylor said. "BA is the ultimate player's coach.

"Just think about it. Tom Brady's finally leaving -- I don't know what kind of coach is Bill Belichick, but coach Belichick walks a tight ship and organization. Just from being around BA, Tom Brady is getting a player's coach who for the most part just going to let him be him."

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So it sounds like Brady will enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere than what he experienced in New England, but that's no surprise. The real question is whether Brady will be able to meet in the middle with Arians and adjust to a different offensive scheme.

Taylor doesn't see it becoming an issue.

"I would say six or eight games throughout the season the offense should be clicking," he said.

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In addition to having a "player's coach," Brady will benefit from having more weapons at his disposal in Tampa's offense. The 42-year-old QB will have two of the game's top wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard as his pass-catching tight ends.

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

Rob Gronkowski's run as WWE 24/7 champion has come to an end.

The former New England Patriots tight end, who has been the 24/7 champ for the last 58 days, was defeated by R-Truth in his backyard while filming a TikTok video. Yes, that's a lot to process, so we'll just let you watch the clip below:


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What that means for Gronk's WWE future is uncertain, but it looks like it's officially time for No. 87 to shift his focus to the upcoming season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronk initially won the 24/7 championship at WrestleMania 36, where he pinned Mojo Rawley.

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia reportedly helped the New England Patriots at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, but he's not coming out of retirement a second time.

How do we know this? Because the former Patriots offensive line coach has already named his successors.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Scarnecchia all but confirmed that Patriots assistants Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo will coach the offensive line in tandem this season.

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"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," Scarnecchia told Reiss. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job.

"The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The Patriots' official website (which has never been heavy on details) still lists Scarnecchia as the team's offense line coach. Popovich is listed as New England's assistant running backs coach, while Bricillo is labeled a "coaching assistant."

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Both assistant coaches have experience on the offensive line, though: Popovich was the offensive line coach at Minot State for two seasons until joining the Patriots in 2015, while Bricillo spent nine years as Youngstown State's offensive line coach before coming to New England in 2019.

The Patriots went outside the organization to replace Scarnecchia the first time he retired, naming Dave DeGuglielmo their offensive line coach in 2014. DeGuglielmo lasted just two seasons in New England, though, and it appears the Patriots are promoting from within this time to replace the legendary Scarnecchia -- who, to be clear, is not coming back in 2020.

"I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty," Scarnecchia told Reiss, "and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."