Bucs head coach Bruce Arians appeared on the Pat McAfee Present this week, so that you knew some headlines have been coming. Positive sufficient, McAfee requested Arians about teaching Antonio Brown over the previous two seasons. The 69-year outdated coach was fast to reward the veteran receiver on the sector, expressing disappointment over how issues ended.
“In no way,” Arians stated when requested if he was stunned about how good Brown appeared in 2020. “Realizing Antonio, no person works tougher than him. He’s at all times in nice form. Ability set is unbelievable. He’s a kind of guys who doesn’t age.”
Sadly, the optimistic vibes didn’t final lengthy. Brown famously eliminated his tools in a match of rage in Week 17 in opposition to the Jets, disgruntled over a perceived lack of targets. Arians revealed Brown’s pending launch from the workforce after the sport. Since then, the receiver has tried to make a case that the pinnacle coach pressured him to play by harm. That argument has been shot down by Arians and Mike Evans, who declare Brown was upset about not getting focused extra.
“It’s all about successful and what’s finest for our workforce,” Arians stated about buying Brown. “He was a fantastic match for us as a result of Mike was harm, Chris was harm. AB got here in, they acquired wholesome and we have been lights out. This 12 months, all people acquired harm once more. AB acquired harm. It was unhappy the best way it occurred. But it surely occurred.”
Regardless of Brown’s relentless assaults on Arians through social media, even months later, Arians nonetheless sees potential for reconciliation sometime.
“I hope so,” Arians stated.
We gained’t maintain our breath. In the meantime, the Bucs seek for an Antonio Brown alternative continues this week on the NFL Mix. Might Ohio State huge receiver Chris Olave be on the workforce’s radar? The Bucs may have a slew of proficient choices to select from at No. 27 total within the draft.