Bucs head coach Bruce Arians made an appearance on the Pat McAfee show last week where he talked with his former Colts punter about the current state of the Bucs, including his newest players Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

Each addition was a huge deal for the Bucs, and while the Brady signing had some rumors behind before the it actually happened, the trade for Gronkowski came almost instantly on a whim. Arians revealed to McAfee the thought of Gronkowski to the Bucs wasn’t even on his radar until Brady spoke it into existence.

“I think the big thing was when he brought up Gronk, that he wanted to play again,” Arians said. “That was like, ‘Was that for real?’ And one thing led to another, we got in touch with the Patriots, got the compensation, and he was ready to roll.”

Arians went on to explain that this information came to light after Brady was signed to the Bucs. He also discussed the process of teaching the playbook to new players during this pandemic, building a team and chemistry without practices, holding virtual meetings and more.

You can watch the entire episode of the Pat McAfee show here

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So it begins with the “Tom Brady” Bucs. Without throwing a single pass, without donning a uniform, the GOAT has decided that Brate and Howard aren’t good enough to catch a ball from his blessed hands. This is the stuff that leads to a split locker room, the Tom Brady Bucs against the Tampa Bay Bucs, what is going to happen if Gronk continually gets more looks than Evans?

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People seem to think Evans and Godwin were probowlers with Winston feeding them, so they’re going to do even better with Brady. It’s misguided. Brady has never been a gunslinger focused on the deep threat WR. He has relied primarily on TE and RB. Gronk gives Brady the security blanket he will need early with covid curving practice/ota’s.

As long as they are winning, doubtful it matters. If they start losing though…

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FireLichtMovement

Other people seem to think that he doesnt get his receivers the ball, when Brady has made a star of every slot receiver he has had. Also, any Pro Bowl caliber receiver he has had for a full season, has gotten got over 1000 yards. Brandin Cooks anyone?

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BigSombrero

I agree about Brady making a star out of the slot receiver. That’s why I said the rookie WR Tyler Johnson makes sense to take a lot of targets this year. He ran more slants and drag routes than any WR in the conference according to football outsiders.

I was laughed out of the building for being a troll by the usual disagreeable bunch.

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Dave

That is so incredibly, ridiculously, laughably false it’s not even funny. He relied heavily on TE’s and RB’s since Moss left in 2010, and Welker in 2013. And he relied on his TE’s and RB’s during that span because A) he had the worlds best TE, and another pro bowl caliber TE in Hernandez. And B) since Moss left in 2010, the Pats have had arguably the worst collection of WR’s on an NFL roster, I’ve ever seen. Do you want me to go down the post Moss era WR’s the Pats have had since 2010? Because I can. He… Read more »

Dave

And for all the “Brady only dumps off to RB’s” people. Only one RB in the Brady era, has eclipsed 52 rec in a season. And it was James White from 2016-2019. Which also happens to be the same time Edelman has missed time, Gronk has missed time, and the Pats were completely void of pass catchers outside Edelman and Gronk. Have to be able to move the ball through the air somehow

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BigSombrero

When did Mike Evans or Chris Godwin ever run slants and drag routes across the middle like Edelman/Welker?

Do you even watch Buccaneer football?

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Dave

Your comments just get dumber by the day. You’ve entered troll territory with your comments. You used to at least make normal comments. Even if I disagreed. Now they’re just ridiculous. Seriously trying to use the types of routes run as your basis for future success. Let’s see. Moss didn’t run slants and drags. Neither did Branch, Gronk, Hernandez, Lloyd, Lafell, Cooks, or Gordon. And yet they all had success running different routes. Evans runs routes comparable to Gronk, Moss, Lafell, and Gordon. And Godwin runs routes comparable to Hernandez, Lloyd, Cooks, and Branch. Brady over 20 years has played… Read more »

Dave

And apparently you don’t watch Bucs football or know Pats football. Godwin doesn’t run slants or go across the middle? You’re kidding me right? That’s literally all he does. I would say 60-70% of his routes are slants, and he’s always going across the middle. And as far as Welker and Edelman, they are 2 different WR’s with 2 different set of strengths. The only thing that makes them the same is they’re small, white, and play in the slot. Neither player runs many slants. Welker ran a lot of drag routes. Edelman makes his living off short area burst… Read more »

Knightrider79

He admitted he only watches “a few games” or catches “a few highlights” on another articles comments. I’ve actually quit listening to BS because his comments are… well… BS

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Dave

Yeah well that would make sense. Saying Evans and Godwin won’t succeed because they don’t run drag routes and slants is just asinine. Godwin can run every single route in the route tree. But most of his routes are slants. More 10-15 yard slants, instead of 5-10 yard slants, but slants nonetheless. Not only that, but the high majority of those slants are breaking towards the middle of the field. So to say he doesn’t run slants or go across the middle is insane

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Spitfire

I think if you go back and watch when Brady has deep threats, like Moss, he made plenty use of them. Yes that was years ago but I feel like they’ve shown Brady can still hit the deep ball. We can only wait and see obviously.

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gcolerick

Randy Moss

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BigSombrero

Randy Moss never lead the Pats in receptions. Not one time.

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FireLichtMovement

Did he lead them in yards and touchdowns BS? I seem to remember him breaking records as a New England Patriot. Like the record for touchdown receptions in a season.

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BigSombrero

He did. And that was 10 years ago. Do you think that will happen this season? I love your optimism if so.

I think Evans and Godwin are in for drop off in production. As long as the Bucs are winning, its all good.

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FireLichtMovement

I think I covered your comeback in the comment directly below this one lol. Very predictable. Too many weapons will never be a bad thing for anyone, other than fantasy football team owners. You’re telling me that they will have a production drop off because there is only one ball to go around. I think you like the offseason moves more than you are letting on.

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FireLichtMovement

In an answer to your question, I don’t think anyone will break the record for most receiving tds in a season on the Bucs offense. I think Tom Brady has a good shot of 4500 yards or better, with 30 or better tds. We all know he won’t throw 30 picks either, so marked improvement from QB play could push this team to great things, health permitting.

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Naplesfan

Randy Moss led the Pats in receiving touchdowns, by huge margins (in double digits) his three most productive seasons. Guys like Welker and Carter got more catches, but for fewer yards per catch, and just a couple TDs each. But on the “money downs” when touchdowns were needed, Moss was clearly TB-12’s go to man downfield, where he “Mossed” defenders routinely going to the end zone.

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FireLichtMovement

Guys, first and foremost, the reason why I didnt mention Randy Moss, was because it was soooo long ago, as all Brady naysayers will be quick to point out. Brady went deep a bunch in the 2017 season and it was much more recent. He had more yards, touchdowns, and yards per attempt with a #1 receiver, than he has had the last 2 years. Belicheck and Brady changed the offense in accordance with the personnel, and tight end and rb were the better playmakers on the offense in 2018/2019. The offense lacked speed. It is truly amazing to me,… Read more »

Your comment is the stuff that leads to massive downvoting. And the Bucs lockerroom couldn’t care less.

SMH

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FireLichtMovement

I leave him a thumbs up every time Naples lol .. better to not give him what he wants.

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MIArmysoldier

Agreed. Adding Gronk gives Brady security. Gronk wont be out there on every down. Hes not a runner by any means anymore (not that he really ever was fast). But what he does do is gives Brady another big body. Redzone threat-yes. But, lets say, one of the tackles are getting beat up by an opposing DE or OLB- Gronk could be thrown in, especially in the redzone- to allow some extra blocking/chip blocking- Brady and Gronk know each others nuances- and while still learning Evans, Godwin, Brate, Howard- as BigSomb said, it give Brady a Security Blanket at the… Read more »

Spitfire

That should have been obvious to everyone. Gronk at least gives Brady someone that he knows like the back of his hand. So even if it takes time to get comfortable with everyone else, he has a go to guy. I just don’t think Brady will have any issue getting used to anyone. Winston was great with anyone he put in extra time with, but Brady has been around 20 years and thrown to so many different people, he has his favorites like any QB but he won’t be like Winston where if a guy isn’t his favorite he isn’t… Read more »

FireLichtMovement

MIArmysoldier, I agree with everything you said there. Dont give BS more gas. It will just lead to more BS from BS.

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Naplesfan

Of course Brady gets credit for bringing Gronk along. What will be most interesting is Gronk’s health and how well it holds up during the season. He hasn’t played close to a complete season in many years. Gronk is perhaps someone who will not be starting every game, or even if he starts, he won’t be on the field for most of the snaps, particularly in games that are not all that competitive. If I was Arians, I’d play him somewhat sparingly and keep him in good condition for a playof run. That is one of the reasons the Bucs… Read more »

FireLichtMovement

Spot on. Having a Gronk caliber player for a playoff run, should be paramount. Keeping both would be great, but I’m still wondering how we sign the draft picks. There will be contracts to restructure, but keep in mind, Brate makes 4 million, with approximately 8 million needed to sign the picks.

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BigSombrero

All 4 of the Bucs Tight Ends have an extensive injury history. Gronk, Brate, OJ, Auclair.

As far as what you’d do if you were Arians, lol.

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Naplesfan

Big Sombrero then starts dancing around with goofy movements, straw spilling out of his shirt and pants, singing “If I only had a brain.”

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BigSombrero

Im not sure what the Wizard of Oz has to do with this conversation. I must not understand your smart line of thinking. Help me out.

You said you’d save Gronk until playoff time because he’s injury prone, but he was brought in to have immediate rapport with Tom Brady to help the Bucs start fast. I was only pointing out that all Bucs tight ends have injury issues.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Bucs credit Bruce for getting Brady. Give Brady the credit for Bucs getting Gronkowski it is a round robin.

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FireLichtMovement

Good point Bob!

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THE Pewter Pirate

You have to hand it to Jason Licht from an overall financial standpoint for the Glaziers…..his signing of Brady has generated millions of dollars in merchandise sales, five prime-time games that will market the Buccaneers brand to the nation, and weeks of singular media attention for our team. He has made the Glaziers more money this year, before the first snap, then he has probably over the last few years combined.

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scubog

Only in Bucville would there be fans seeking out something negative from what any reasonable observer would view as the biggest spark to ignite some excitement, in what has become an all too apathetic fan base, since the midnight trade for Jon Gruden. That in itself is a good thing. None of us are so awestruck that we are blind to Tom Brady’s age and Gronk’s injury history. But please don’t suggest that the team was better off without them even if it’s only for a year or two. There’s little doubt that our odds of reaching the playoffs this… Read more »