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Bruce Arians ‘relaxing’ golf game with Tom Brady nixed

The Bucs coach said he hoped to talk football with his QB during rounds before the NFL stepped in.
Tom Brady holes out from the seventh fairway during The Match: Champions For Charity in May at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound. The NFL nixed a golf outing Bucs coach Bruce Arians had planned for the bye week with Brady and two others.
Tom Brady holes out from the seventh fairway during The Match: Champions For Charity in May at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound. The NFL nixed a golf outing Bucs coach Bruce Arians had planned for the bye week with Brady and two others. [ MIKE EHRMANN | TNS ]
Published Dec. 14, 2020

TAMPA — The bye week is typically when Bruce Arians like to play a couple rounds of golf with his quarterback.

It’s a chance to talk football in a relaxed atmosphere while having fun instead of gathering in the stale meeting room.

Arians had such a golf foursome planned during the bye week at Old Memorial in Tampa for him, Brady, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and former Bucs defensive back Ronde Barber.

But the NFL said it would violate the current COVID-19 protocols, and the outing was cancelled.

Arians made it clear it wasn’t a clear-the-air session between him and Brady, just a way to build on their relationship.

“That’s what I’ve always done,” Arians said. “The quarterbacks that play golf, I’ve always loved to play with them, especially in the open date, just relaxing. It’s one thing to sit around an office and ask questions. It’s another thing to go out, enjoy yourselves, have that time together where you can still get some things done that are very, very important and it doesn’t have to be in a situation where it’s in the classroom.”