Tom Brady still is not a fan of the NFL’s new jersey number rule. He believes it makes his job much more difficult. The NFL’s new rules will be on full display tomorrow when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys. During the offseason the NFL announced that they would loosen restrictions on jersey numbers. In the past certain players could only wear certain numbers depending on what position they played.
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Tom thinks the rule is crazy.
“The number rule is crazy,” said Brady. “Literally, guys changed their numbers today. I’m playing two guys who had different numbers in the preseason. So, yeah you’ve got to watch film and know who you’re studying but so do running backs. They’ve got to know who to block. So does the offensive line. So does the receivers who are adjusting their routes based on blitzes. The new rule would open up the single-digits to a wide range of positions, including running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and edge rushers.
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Tom once again blasted the NFL’s decision to change the jersey rule:
“It would be like saying, ‘What if I let the offensive linemen wear 82 and No. 9?’ They wouldn’t know who was eligible. Well that’s not fair. You’ll get your tail kicked. At least identify who the D-line, the linebackers and the safeties are. You’re going to have a lot of matchups where guys are blocking the wrong guys. I don’t know why that should be.”
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“There’s a reason why you do every single thing in football. And you study hard so you can put yourself in a good position. Now you get to the game, and you’re going to be confused the whole time because you’re rotating what a D-lineman used to look like versus a linebacker or here is what a safety looks like. Very pointless.”
You would think the jersey colors would be enough, but clearly Tom sees a lot more than color on the football field.
We’ll see exactly how the new jersey rule effects Tom tomorrow night…