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Bruce Arians won’t sugarcoat the truth, even for Tom Brady

The Bucs coach explains his blunt coaching style when it comes to calling out players for mistakes.
The Bucs' Bruce Arians on his coaching style: "I’m going to give you the truth and it’ll hurt for a minute, but it’s real."
The Bucs' Bruce Arians on his coaching style: "I’m going to give you the truth and it’ll hurt for a minute, but it’s real." [ LON HORWEDEL | Associated Press ]
Published Dec. 28, 2020

TAMPA — Tom Brady hasn’t been spared any criticism by coach Bruce Arians. If he makes a bad throw or an incorrect read, the Bucs coach let’s him and the media know about it.

Brady may not like it, but he says he understands it and wants to be coached hard. Some have speculated that was causing a rift between coach and player. But Brady told the NFL Network on Saturday that he welcomes the tough love.

On Monday, Arians said he knows of no other way to coach.

“I think for me, being an interim head coach for 12 games, there’s two things I learned: be yourself and delegate,” Arians said. “I don’t think you’re going to find a player, hopefully, in Arizona that ever said I (wasn’t honest with) him and there’s not going to be a player here (either). Sometimes you don’t like the truth, but I’m going to give you the truth and it’ll hurt for a minute, but it’s real. Don’t come ask me a question and think I’m going to sugarcoat it, because you’re going to get the real answer. I think our guys appreciate that.”

Brady said he is fine with Arians’ methods.

“Working with B.A. has been really great for me in a very different way,” Brady told former teammate Willie McGinest of the NFL Network. “You know, he’s very tough on you when things aren’t the way they need to be.

“There’s nothing about me or my game that’s infallible. I’m a player like everybody else, so I’m trying to be coached and I think the team has very high expectations for me. So when I don’t meet those, he should be (ticked) at me and rightfully so. I know I’m more (ticked) at myself, but when you hear it from your coach, too, you know, it does motivate you.”