Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has a plan on how he and Tom Brady will develop the offense. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and Bruce Arians are two of the great offensive masterminds in football, and that understandably has Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans excited about what’s to come. But will it be Brady or Arians who has to learn a new system after doing things a certain way for many years?

Perhaps both.

Michael Silver of NFL.com recently asked Arians about how he will incorporate Brady into his offense, and the coach essentially said he will leave that up to Brady. Arians also admitted there will likely be some compromise with terminology and other things.

Some skeptics have pointed to the fact that Arians typically uses deep drops and long throws down the field with his offenses, whereas Brady and the New England Patriots thrived with short passes and getting the ball out quickly. Arians is confident that won’t be an issue, and he said he is willing to adapt to Brady’s strengths.

Arians and Brady are obviously aware that they have some differences in offensive philosophy. If they weren’t confident they could successfully mesh their ideas, Brady would not have signed a two-year deal with the Bucs.

The coronavirus outbreak could further complicate things, as it may delay offseason workouts and training camp. That would give Brady and his new teammates less time to work with one another, but the four-time Super Bowl MVP seems to already be trying to account for that.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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