Tom Brady may have won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he was immune to criticism from his new head coach.
Brady looked subpar — by his standards — in the Bucs’ 34-23 loss on Sunday. He completed 23-of-36 passes he attempted, for 239 yards, but he also threw two interceptions — one of them being an awful pick-six to Janoris Jenkins.
And head coach Bruce Arians had no problem calling Brady out for not playing up to the level we’re used to seeing from him, either.
Arians was also critical of left tackle Donovan Smith, who looked like a turnstile fairly often throughout the game.
Smith’s poor play sure didn’t make life easy on Brady, but TB12 looked slow, and didn’t have enough velocity on his passes. It’s fair to wonder if we’re watching his decline in front of our very eyes, or if some extra reps will help him get in better playing shape.