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Bruce Arians offers harsh assessment of Tom Brady's rough Bucs debut

Tom Brady's Buccaneers debut began with a triumphant spike but petered out into a double-digit loss on Sunday that included a pair of interceptions.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The Saints won 34-23. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Brady may be the shiny new toy in Tampa Bay, but that clearly isn't going to earn him any special treatment from Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.

Brady's Bucs debut on Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints was a mixed bag. The former New England Patriots quarterback got things started with a quality drive that surprisingly ended with a Brady rushing touchdown, and it was a rollercoaster ride from there.

Later on in the first half, Brady tossed a pick on what was an obvious miscommunication with wide receiver Mike Evans. Early in the third quarter, Brady tossed his second INT of the day -- a pick-six.

 After the game, which resulted in a 34-23 Bucs loss, Arians didn't mince words about Brady's two costly mistakes. 

As for the pick-six? Arians plainly described it as a "bad decision" by the 43-year-old.

There are bound to be some growing pains for Brady and the Bucs, but if there's anyone who can adjust, it's the six-time Super Bowl champion himself.

As for the Patriots and Cam Newton, they passed their first test with flying colors. New England earned a 21-11 victory, and head coach Bill Belichick raved about his new QB.