Ben Roethlisberger benefited from a successful partnership years back with Bruce Arians, and his positive experiences with the onetime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator (2007-11) leads him to believe that Tom Brady will enjoy playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach.
With the news that Brady can now begin preparations in earnest to work under his first new head coach in two decades, Roethlisberger relayed that the six-time Super Bowl winner will quickly learn that partnering with Arians will indeed prove to be a great way to start this late second chapter of his career.
“B.A. is a great quarterbacks coach and a great players’ coach,” Roethlisberger said, per Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Tom is going to love it there. Talk about going from opposite ends of the spectrum with coaches.”
Roethlisberger also relayed details of a brief chat he had with Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who served as Big Ben’s backup in Pittsburgh for a handful of years.
“I asked him what he’s going to do now that he’s coaching the GOAT.” Roethlisberger said. “He texted right back, ‘Just stay out of his way.'”
As Big Ben mentions, Arians has established a reputation of not only be a players’ coach — which should stand as something of a culture shock for Brady due to his previous experience working with the curmudgeonly Bill Belichick for 20 years — but also for being hailed as the ultimate quarterback whisperer.
While Brady obviously brings an unparalleled wealth of experience and has seen just about everything a defense can throw at a quarterback, the case can be made that Arians nevertheless might be able to teach the 42-year-old a trick or two.