TAMPA, Fla. ? Tom Brady fans from the Berkshires to Bradenton were shocked ? a few were outraged ? when he was called out by Bucs head coach Bruce Arians for throwing two interceptions in the team's 34-23 loss at New Orleans Sunday.
They have wondered aloud if there is trouble in paradise brewing between Brady and Arians.
But on Wednesday, Arians put that to rest.
"Tom and I are fine, so I don't really care what other people think," Arians said. "It's just what he and I think. We left the stadium fine (and) we showed up today fine, so there (is) nothing to talk about."
The scrutiny began right after Sunday's game, when Arians described Brady's two interceptions.
"One was a miscommunication between (Brady) and Mike (Evans)," Arians said after the game Sunday. "He thought Mike was going down the middle - it was a different coverage ? Mike read it right. He should have been across his face, but Tom overthrew it.
"The other one was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the outlet and it was a pick-six. Bad decision."
Arians doubled down on Monday, saying he needed to see more "determination" from Brady in practice this week but admitted Evans had run the wrong route.
Those comments lit up social media. Apparently, in 20 years with the Patriots, Brady was never criticized publicly by coach Bill Belichick.
Radio hosts on WEEI in Boston said Arians had thrown Brady under the bus. Even Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre said Arians had made a mistake.