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Tom Brady's Ex-Teammate Shares What He Heard About Bruce Arians

Tom Brady and Bruce Arians

TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 22: Head Coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with Tom Brady #12 during warm ups before the game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Bruce Arians' sudden retirement announcement on Wednesday night has speculation swirling around the NFL world.

Could the head coach's departure have anything to do with the return of Tom Brady?

Brady's former New England teammate Rich Ohrnberger certainly seems to think so.

Back in February, Ohrnberger, who now works as an analyst for Fox Sports Radio, reported that the relationship between Brady and Arians was "souring." Apparently, Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich were frustrated by the head coach undermining their offensive game plan.

"The Tom Brady & Bruce Arians honeymoon was over in Tampa... The relationship was souring," he wrote. "While Arians was rehabbing the achilles in the early mornings, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Brady would work on the week's game plan. Arians would later come in and take the red pen to work they'd done. The QB and OC felt undermined, there was tension."

After the news of Arians' retirement broke on Wednesday night, Ohrnberger took to Twitter with an "I-told-you-so" message. He posted this GIF directly after retweeting the breaking news story of Arians' departure from the Tampa Bay organization.

We may never know what happened behind closed doors, but it seems Brady and Arians still have a strong mutual respect.

After the official announcement was made, Brady posted a lengthy thank-you post for Arians on his Instagram. In his message to the team on Wednesday, Arians noted how the organization is in good hands with the return of Brady under center.

Arians is set to stay on board as a senior football consultant in 2022.