Morning sports update: Bruce Arians says Tom Brady’s ‘not getting enough credit for what he’s doing’

"I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing Tom."

Tom Brady and Bruce Arians during the 2020 season.

The Patriots prepare to play the Dolphins on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game has major playoff implications for both teams, as New England (currently on the outside of the AFC postseason picture) fight to keep hope alive at 6-7.

In news beyond sports, players for the Celtics submitted an op-ed to the The Boston Globe calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to change his view on the usage of facial recognition technology.

“This technology supercharges racial profiling by police and has resulted in the wrongful arrests of innocent people,” read the op-ed’s sub-headline.

Bruce Arians’s latest comments on Tom Brady: Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has made headlines in the 2020 season for not being afraid to criticize Tom Brady.


Instead of offering continuous praise and support, Arians has been blunt in press conferences analyzing Brady’s performance. The longtime coach has admitted Brady’s been “confused” and candidly assessed the team’s success comes down to whether “the quarterback plays well or not” during various observations over the course of the season.

Yet after the Buccaneers’ recent win over the Vikings (taking the team’s record to 8-5), Arians appears to have shifted in tone.

“I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing Tom,” Arians said Wednesday. “What he did at the end of the half and to start the second half [against] Minnesota — very, very few teams can score 17 points in a matter of five or six minutes. If we finished the half with 17 points, I don’t [care] how we start. He’s not getting enough credit for what he’s doing.”

Arians also noted that he believes Brady has had a “Pro Bowl year.”

Tampa Bay plays Atlanta at 1 p.m. on Sunday as the Buccaneers continue to push for a playoff spot.

Trivia: Who was Rick Pitino’s first draft pick as coach of the Celtics?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He won a championship in Detroit.


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On this day: In 1963, John Havlicek scored 43 points as the Celtics beat the Baltimore Bullets, 131-115. Bill Russell added 14 points and 25 rebounds.

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Trivia answer: Chauncey Billups.

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