Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he isn’t sure why anyone is criticizing QB Tom Brady.
“I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing Tom,” Arians said, via Pro Football Talk. “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.”
“Offensively, I think Tom [Brady] has had a Pro Bowl year,” Arians added,
- Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers Brady said he has a good relationship with Arians: “It’s very open, honest dialogue about how I can be most effective and any questions we have…”
Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he’s not focusing on the three interceptions he threw in Week 14’s loss to the Chargers.
- Panthers OT Greg Little suffered a high ankle sprain and a knee sprain in Wednesday’s practice, which led to him being placed on injured reserve. (Joe Person)
- According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Saints QB Drew Brees practiced for the first time on Wednesday since sustaining broken ribs and a punctured lung.
- Saints HC Sean Payton insisted that they will not rush Brees back into the starting lineup and Brees must exhibit a “full range of motion” before playing again.
- Rapoport points out that that Brees reportedly “threw the ball well” in Wednesday’s practice.