Tom Brady switches back to old helmet

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The league was pleased to see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady choose to ditch a now-banned helmet before his 2019 deadline for doing so. The league may not be pleased to see that Brady has switched back to his now-banned helmet.

As noticed during the NBC pregame show by my son Alex, who provides me with a second set of eyes and ears on Sundays during the season, Brady has ditched his new helmet for the Riddell VSR-4 that he had worn for years.

Last week, Brady wore the old helmet during pregame warmups, but then he switched to the new helmet for the game. This week, he didn’t.

Last month, Brady said he liked the new helmet, but he expressed some concern about the ability of defensive players to get their fingers close to his face.

“There’s got to obviously be some protection over here because fingers can get, you know,” Brady told reporters in August. “It hasn’t happened too often in my career but I’ve had a few hands get through the mask a little bit and typically quarterbacks have much more open, like receivers probably do, with the vision. Yeah, I mean, the more you can have the better. It’s not quite going to be like the old Sean Landeta punter one where you had the one bar but it provides enough [protection]. But I really like it. It’s been a good transition, smooth transition, which is all I could ask for.”

Apparently, the transition wasn’t smooth enough. Come next year, it won’t matter; the VSR-4 will be banned for good. If Brady keeps playing in 2019, he’ll need to find a different helmet.

In addition to the Riddell VSR-4, the league has banned the Schutt Air XP, the Schutt Air XP Pro, and the Schutt Vengeance Z10. Any returning players who wore any of those models in 2017 can wear them in 2018 only, and they are encouraged to have a discussion with their team’s equipment and medical personnel about the choice in headgear.

59 responses to “Tom Brady switches back to old helmet

  1. It took till the twilight of his career but now we are FINALLY seeing what happens to Tom Brady and his team when the defense isn’t championship caliber. Like Rodgers has to deal with every week and like Peyton Manning had when he was a Colt.

    Not so easy to win is it Tom?

  2. Braz says:
    September 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    It took till the twilight of his career but now we are FINALLY seeing what happens to Tom Brady and his team when the defense isn’t championship caliber. Like Rodgers has to deal with every week and like Peyton Manning had when he was a Colt.

    Not so easy to win is it Tom?

    Relax guy it’s one 1 and 1/2 quarters
    And he did go to the SB with the 31st ranked D in 2011

  3. It does not matter. Hope they are playing possum because the Offense looks awful all year. Pats go 3 and out to start every game. Plus add in Sony run into an O Linemans back for 1 yard gain Michel and its looking like a 10-6 9-7 season. We already no the Defense is an embarassmnet but we are used to that

  4. Braz says:
    September 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    It took till the twilight of his career but now we are FINALLY seeing what happens to Tom Brady and his team when the defense isn’t championship caliber. Like Rodgers has to deal with every week and like Peyton Manning had when he was a Colt.

    Not so easy to win is it Tom?

    You have not watched the Patriots much huh? Theyve had 1 good D (Revis year) in the past decade plus.

  5. Apparently, the transition wasn’t smooth enough. Come next year, it won’t matter; the VSR-4 will be banned for good.

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    So this is just the “double secret probation” now, next year’s it’s triple dog dare probation?

  6. I thought the teams couldn’t use a different color helmet because of “safety”. Now players can just switch helmets whenever they want, as long as it’s the same color? Makes sense.

  7. Tom needs a little more help at wide receiver. That will come. The tackling however is awful across the board. Only halftime though. Go Pats!

  8. Tom has become such a distraction with his rebellion lately. He and Alex should just ride off into the sunset and let Bill turn the next QB up into an All Pro. I think I speak for all Pats Nation when I say we’re getting tired of his act.

  9. Braz says:
    September 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    It took till the twilight of his career but now we are FINALLY seeing what happens to Tom Brady and his team when the defense isn’t championship caliber. Like Rodgers has to deal with every week and like Peyton Manning had when he was a Colt.

    Not so easy to win is it Tom?———————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    I see some serious therapy in your future.

  10. Brady’s got a really narrow head, and he probably didn’t like the way the new helmet wobbled. He doesn’t want to be remembered as a cheating wobble head. And who would?

  11. I like Brady, but when you double Gronk it’s over. Gordon isn’t gonna do anything. There’s no running back, the o line is below average. Dare I say factor in age. I mean he falls down like Eli now when anybody is near him. And the defense isn’t just bad this year, they stink.

    I also have very little respect for the helmet throw.

  12. It might be worth some thought to find some guys to play defense that don’t look like they are wearing ankle weights, but just an idea for you Belichick (as if the SB wasn’t enough of an indication).

  13. I thought players couldn’t switch helmets? Isn’t that the reason why so many teams don’t wear throwbacks more often? Because they can’t wear different helmets?

  14. Their only win was a narrow defeat of an 0-3 team. The reality is that they’re not very good. Edelman will help alot but looking at their schedule before the season and a losing record is very possible

  15. 315judman says:

    September 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    The new helmets must make it tougher to cheat.
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    Comments from Patriot detractors often demonstrate that Patriot detractors are constrained to the parroting of the lame and tired “cheat” drivel, abounding from an inexhaustible reservoir of stupidity.

  16. riverhorsey says:

    September 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Dang, Tom won’t be able to cheat anymore with a new helmet.
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    Nothing like announcing to everyone that you are unable to understand 7th grade science.

    Any word on when Goodell plans on releasing the results of the PSI study that was done during the 2015 NFL season? 31 teams cheated the Patriots and that is what science shows. Which is why the PSI data is being hidden from football fans.

    The Patriots could have used those 2 stolen draft picks during their last 4 games. They would won all 4 games.

  17. riverhorsey says:

    September 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Dang, Tom won’t be able to cheat anymore with a new helmet.

    ————————————————————–
    Patriots are the only team that doesn’t cheat.
    Any word on when Roger Goodell will stop hiding the PSI data from the 2015 NFL season?

  18. People who make early-season predictions for the Pats are just about the dumbest of all football fans. “They lost a game, it’s over!”

  19. If you’re Tom Brady and the Patriots, it’s ok to bend the rules a bit, or be a super shady organization, because the league won’t mind. Whether it’s getting away with outrageous tuck rules, protecting Tom Brady at all costs by sissifying the league, deflating footballs, spy cam, etc, whatever it takes. The New England way.

  20. He better switch something. Dating back to the superbowl loss he’s looked surprisingly average. I wonder if he’s hitting the wall finally..

  21. Poor jealous Brady haters. The Pats and Tom have had a great run, but all good things do come to an end, and it looks like this year it’s the Pats turn to finally suck. Not sure why Brady would want to play another year with this group of incompetent players. It’s been fun while it lasted, though….

  22. factpurveyor says:
    September 24, 2018 at 12:19 am
    riverhorsey says:

    September 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Dang, Tom won’t be able to cheat anymore with a new helmet.
    ———————————————————–
    Nothing like announcing to everyone that you are unable to understand 7th grade science.

    Any word on when Goodell plans on releasing the results of the PSI study that was done during the 2015 NFL season? 31 teams cheated the Patriots and that is what science shows. Which is why the PSI data is being hidden from football fans.

    The Patriots could have used those 2 stolen draft picks during their last 4 games. They would won all 4 games.
    —————————-
    How many phones do you think Tommy has destroyed this year? You know, since that is a routine thing for him.

  23. So Brady switched helmets, is that anything like Kurt Russell putting on his white sneakers in the movie The Best of Times

  24. Now is when you should put $1000 on the Pats to win the super bowl. Odds dropped from 5:1 to what now???

  25. nhpats says:

    September 24, 2018 at 2:51 am

    He better switch something. Dating back to the superbowl loss he’s looked surprisingly average. I wonder if he’s hitting the wall finally..
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    Average in the super bowl??? lol Besides a fumble…

    Thought u were a die hard Pats fan???

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