Tom Brady made it clear Thursday that he includes his place in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hierarchy after coach Bruce Arians criticized the quarterback for his play against the New Orleans Saints.
Brady was asked if he was surprised by Arians, second Atletico. The veteran quarterback’s response was a bit cold.
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“He’s a manager. I’m a player. I’m just trying to win a game,” Brady said.
Arians had already said on the training ground that no one was above his criticism, not even a six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback like Brady.
“One [interception] it was a communication problem between him and Mike [Evans]”
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“The other was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the grip and it was a pick-six. Bad decision. “
Arians later corrected himself on Evans’ play and said it was the wide receiver’s fault.
Brady was 15 of 28 going through 157 yards and a touchdown in the first 54 minutes of play. He added to his junk time numbers, finishing with 239 yards and two touchdowns, the second hit going to Evans with 2:41 left in the game.
Second Pro Football reference, Brady has joined Matt Schaub and Blaine Gabbert as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw a pick-six in three straight games. Schaub and Garrett both completed the feat during the 2013 season.
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Brady had a pick-six against the Tennessee Titans during their playoff match, which was returned by Logan Ryan. He had another one against the Miami Dolphins in week 17 of last season, which was returned by Eric Rowe.
Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.