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."
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.
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.