Heading into their bye week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had lost three of their last four games and there were rumors of dissension between coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady.
According to multiple reports, the two planned to work on fixing whatever may have been broken during the off week while playing golf together — until the NFL stopped them.
Under the league's COVID-19 protocols, any gathering of team personnel outside of team facilities is not allowed, so the Dec. 2 tee time at Tampa's Old Memorial Golf Club — with Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and former Tampa Bay star Ronde Barber, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter — had to be canceled.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians confers with quarterback Tom Brady during last week's loss to the Chiefs. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)
A source also told Schefter that any rift between coach and quarterback was "way overdone."
Brady is in his first year with the Buccaneers after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl championships in New England. He's thrown for 3,300 yards and 28 touchdowns in Arians' offense, but his 11 interceptions are tied for fourth-most in the league.
The 7-5 Buccaneers host the 6-6 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
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