Tom Brady blasts “ridiculous penalties” in Titans-Jaguars game

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Like millions of football fans, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting tired of all the holding penalties across the NFL this season.

As tonight’s Titans-Jaguars game was delayed over and over again by holding penalties, Brady tweeted that he couldn’t take it anymore.

“Too many penalties. Just let us play!” Brady wrote. “I’m turning off this game I can’t watch these ridiculous penalties anymore.”

Brady wasn’t the only one taking notice of all the penalties. On the FOX broadcast Joe Buck and Troy Aikman complained about it, and former head of officiating Mike Pereira said the officials have been put in a difficult position by the league, which made holding a point of emphasis this season.

The NFL’s decision to make holding a point of emphasis came because of a sense among some coaches that linemen were getting away with holding too much. But that would be preferable to the way holding calls are taking the fun out of games this season.

132 responses to “Tom Brady blasts “ridiculous penalties” in Titans-Jaguars game

  1. The NFL has become unwatchable. I’ll still watch the Red Zone channel on Sundays to keep up to the minute on my fantasy football scores but I’m done watching the MNF and TNF games for enjoyment. It’s not enjoyable anymore.

  2. He’s right. The crew needs to be reprimanded by the NFL and they the NFL management needs to sit the refs down and tell them in no certain terms that this is NOT what the league wants and certainly not what the fans want. 3rd and 20 just doesn’t cut it.

  3. Then there were the offsetting penalties on the punt late in the first half. Hocule said the titans chose to punt again. They don’t get to choose anything on offsetting penalties.

  4. Tom’s spot on. The penalties are beyond ridiculous. Most of the calls are just horrible, although most were legit near the end of the 1st half

  5. All the holding penalties across the league due to the emphasis being put on the by the league but yet the Packers were the ONLY team in the entire NFL not called for a single holding last week. Go figure.

  6. Why would they put an emphasis on a holding? Holding actually protects the quarterbacks that there trying so hard to protect.

    Holding prevents those defenders from getting free runs at the quarterback for those late hits. Holding happens when guys get beat so they’re just trying to keep their quarterback from getting creamed.

    I’m not a big fan of holding and think it should be a penalty but why in the world in today’s NFL would the want to eliminate holding… So they can watch more quarterbacks get destroyed?

    Seems totally counterproductive.

    If you want to save the quarterbacks you let the holding go a lot more and stop calling it as much.

  7. Or 5 yard penalty if the ball is in the possession of anyone but the QB. Keep it 10 if the QB is holding the ball. This way it isn’t abused to prevent sacks

  8. Brady crying about officiating is the ultimate irony. The guy who has benefited from more bogus calls in the history of sports is criticizing them now LMAO

  9. I hate them to but pretty much every holding call I see is legit. It’s wrong to blame the officials because the fat OL men can’t block without holding. If they had any talent they would play defense. If big guys want to play football and they are not athletic they get turned into offensive lineman. Look at them waddle after defensive players after an interception if you don’t believe me.

  10. Gotta make sure you call the game right or the casinos will get upset. Don’t want that happening……… the nfl caters to the casinos, not the fans.

  11. So will Tom Terrific be fined for his comments? He did harm the NFL brand with his comments, exactly what the fines are for, and it was picked up by multiple national news outlets.

    I bet he isn’t fined though.

  12. The bogus roughing the passer call was the most offensive. Guy made a textbook play, avoided going too high, or too low, didn’t use his helmet and avoided landing with all of his weight on the QB and got flagged anyway.

  13. I get tired of seeing Brady take a hit, turn and nod to the refs and summon a flag.
    And now refs are telling players not to touch him?
    He’s got nothing to say, certainly nothing to complain about regarding the officiating.

  14. Why does it seem like Titans vs Jaguars is on Thursday night football every year? This game is a snooze fest and I’m tired of hearing Aikman and Buck talk about Minshew and his mustache.

  15. So easy to fix, teach the players to STOP HOLDING! You’d think after enough penalties it’d eventually sink in, but NO!

    These players just don’t “GET IT”!

  16. FinFan68 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm
    It is not the officials’ responsibility to ignore violations of the rules; it is the players’ responsibility to play within th
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    Poor phins fan… relegated to rooting for the refs… cheer up, the draft will be here soon…

  17. Heck with that. Keep calling them… just like the ridiculous calls against the defenses. Tom is an QB… of course he doesn’t like it.

  18. FoozieGrooler says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I get tired of seeing Brady take a hit, turn and nod to the refs and summon a flag.
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    I don’t recall Brady ever taking a hit in a game vs the Steelers. I remember him throwing lots of touchdown passes, many to receivers that weren’t being covered at all.

  19. demo1984 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    All the holding penalties across the league due to the emphasis being put on the by the league but yet the Packers were the ONLY team in the entire NFL not called for a single holding last week. Go figure.

    +++++

    Geronimo Allison was called for holding. The Vikings declined it.

  20. Brady’s offensive line gets called for holding all the time. I’m not quite sure what some people here are talking about. They were called for offensive pass interference like two times against the Steelers and three times versus the Dolphins. Gronk got called for it constantly.

  21. Brady turned it off. I’ve turned games off, too. Usually it’s because of the ridiculous P.I. calls that make the games unwatchable. Maybe if enough people start tuning out, they’ll take notice.

  22. Brady doesn’t care about the NFL… This is totally self-serving. His OL is in shambles and he needs them them to be able to hold so he’s protecting himself by complaining

  23. I’m waiting for the refs to throw six flags on one play just for a few giggles. We all know it’s coming.

  24. I didn’t turn on this game when I did who was in the line up. Turned out the back up QB was even more entering than the Titans starter.

    Majority of the games have been unwatchable this year. The Bears & Packers game gave a highlight of level of play we would be seeing. The holding calls, terrible offensive line play and blown calls for both teams multiple times a game.

    From a person who would dedicate my sundays and monday evening to football. I am watching my team or a little red zone and nothing more.

  25. Either the refs have to do a better job or the rules have to be simplified. If it keeps going like it is, there’ll be to many games that are just plain unwatchable. The league just can’t seem to get it right.

  26. Nobody blasts Brady’s grammatical errors or makes any jokes about that ‘Michigan education’ or how if he couldn’t throw a ball, he’d be working at Walmart.

    I wonder why that is.

  27. I agree in the past many obvious holding calls were let go. But if holding calls really are up 63% this year, it’s an obvious over-correction.

  28. it seems Brady haters watch all of his games. strangely they don’t have the ability to read stats or they would know that Brady gets late hit a ton and is middle of the pack on rtp calls. Pats gay plenty of plays called back for OH. Gronk got flagged for OPI this season before they realized he’s retired.

    Check the stats and watch all 22. you’ll learn stuff. you’ll still be bitter but you’ll also be smahtah.

  29. thermanmerman99 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Brady crying about officiating is the ultimate irony. The guy who has benefited from more bogus calls in the history of sports is criticizing them now…
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    And yet you, and many others, are unable to actually cite and verity one bogus call. LMAO.

    Hint: the Tuck Rule call, which the refs only got, at most, 50% correct, was not actually bogus. The 50% they got wrong? They did not call Charles Woodson for roughing the passer after his forearm to Brady’s helmet. Should have actually resulted in a first down for the Patriots. The Tuck Rule was called correctly.

  30. Why would anyone expect anything different than what we are seeing? We complain about every single play that goes against our team, call for refs to be fired when they miss something, and now we complain when they over officiate? You think they don’t hear all of the criticism of their performance? They are all probably scared to not make a call due to the social media blast they will receive from us fans. We have created this mess, and we need to live with it.

  31. After reading the comments apparently the refs are fine and there is no problem to correct with them. Its just that Brady should shut his mouth and retire and then the officiating will be fine. Thanks for the update. Sigh.

  32. Today’s world you drive through a red light and get a ticket it’s the cops fault. In football you get called for holding it the refs fault.
    Keep calling the penalties but call them fairly know matter what team or what player it is. Why do we put so much extra on the refs? We cry when they don’t call one and when they do call one. Life and everything we do is simple play by the rules and you’ll have less to complain about.

  33. Mike Pereira said the officials have been put in a difficult position by the league, which made holding a point of emphasis this season.
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    Why does the league make a point of emphasis on penalties?
    Every year it’s a new penalty to tweek, only to forget about it the following year to emphasis a different penalty.
    One year you can’t tackle the QB. This year it’s PI and holding.

    It makes the league look like they want to control the outcomes of games.

  34. packertruth says:
    September 19, 2019 at 11:09 pm
    demo1984 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    All the holding penalties across the league due to the emphasis being put on the by the league but yet the Packers were the ONLY team in the entire NFL not called for a single holding last week. Go figure.

    +++++

    Geronimo Allison was called for holding. The Vikings declined it.
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    A receiver was called. But not one offensive linemen holding? Because they protect Aaron?
    Check. Got it.

  35. steelcurtainn says:
    September 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm
    Funny he doesn’t complain when their are ridiculous penalties in his games.

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    Brady should be posting on twitter while his team is playing?

  36. Yet they don’t call it when Suggs gets pulled down from behind, allowing Stafford go have a suddenly empty pocket and throw a TD to Amendola. Sounds fair!

  37. It wasn’t just holding. Roughing the passer on titans in first half was super questionable. Airman and buck were forced to spend a significant amount of the broadcast analyzing bad calls.

  38. No matter how much you hate or like Tom Brady, he’s right. These penalties are far too many and far too often.

  39. I don’t recall Brady ever taking a hit in a game vs the Steelers. I remember him throwing lots of touchdown passes, many to receivers that weren’t being covered at all.

    You are proof of the old never have a serious conversation with an idiot. The Steelers have nothing to do with the issue of Brady being a hypocrite like you. Brady has benefitted by many favorable calls and seeks them out by baiting the refs you don’t recognize that because of you childish Homer Vision. Cute little distraction from a cute little kid I am sure.

  40. I am surprised that Tom Brady even knows what a holding call is since his team never gets called for holding!

  41. The Brady hate I read here is juvenile. Last night he simply texted out as a fan, you kids need to find another reason to hate on him. FTR, I have no love or hate for Brady.

  42. It’s not like he ever has to worry about holding being called against the Patriots EVER so why is he whining?

  43. Forget the holding, too many BS ticky tack roughing the passer calls.
    Like the one at the end of the Bears game that cost the game.
    If QBs are immune from any contact then it really changes the nature of the game and I don’t like it.

    I enjoyed football more 10 yers ago.

  44. Calling holding tightly is going to have unintended consequences. It will swing the pendulum over to the defense who will be able to get to the QB quicker.

    Teams are forced to either hold or watch their QB get crushed.
    Or if your Tenn .. you can do both.

  45. that’s what you get when you leave your phone lying around and Antonio Brown is living with you. That or the great orange cheetoh was using his phone.

  46. Devildoge9 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:32 pm
    FinFan68 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm
    It is not the officials’ responsibility to ignore violations of the rules; it is the players’ responsibility to play within the rules
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    Poor phins fan… relegated to rooting for the refs… cheer up, the draft will be here soon…
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    Not rooting for the refs. Just saying that the players and fans should not expect the rules to be ignored. If an official blows a call they should be held accountable. Same goes for the players. If a player commits a violation, they and their team typically gains an advantage unfairly. Explain why should that be allowed because the referee chooses to ignore it?

  47. carloswlassiter says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm
    The bogus roughing the passer call was the most offensive. Guy made a textbook play, avoided going too high, or too low, didn’t use his helmet and avoided landing with all of his weight on the QB and got flagged anyway.

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    Yup, and he’ll probably get fined for that clean hit too. Just like Jamal Adams

  48. dbfan4ever says:
    September 20, 2019 at 8:26 am
    I am surprised that Tom Brady even knows what a holding call is since his team never gets called for holding!
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    Here is proof that people just make up stuff constantly. Sadly half the people who hate the Pats will take this as fact and regurgitate it. Last year the team with most offensive holding penalties was Indy and Washington with 32. Tied for 7th was the Pats with 24.

    It’s really amusing and just plain sad the haters just have to go out of their way to make stuff up to make themselves feel better for their team’s failures. Do some research and do some thinking for yourselves. http://www.nflpenalties.com/penalty/offensive-holding?year=2018

  49. Steve Cunningham says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:28 pm
    So easy to fix, teach the players to STOP HOLDING! You’d think after enough penalties it’d eventually sink in, but NO!

    These players just don’t “GET IT”!
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    I couldn’t agree more! The rules committee,refs, coaches and players are all guilty. Don’t ask refs to “be better”, but not call clear holding penalties. Players have gotten lazy and sloppy on technique because for 10-15 years they have been getting away with it, coaches aren’t coaching technique like they used to, quick trying to protect QB’s so much that it encourages this sloppy blocking. Whatever happened to “keep the hands in and on the breast plate of the defender?”

  50. How about getting rid of the holding penalty and just allow the lineman to hold. Sure, you’d have 5/6 bear hug/wrestling matches on any particular play; but at least there wouldn’t be a flag every other play. Play a pre-season game and see how it would play out.
    I’ll get things started and down-vote my own post.

  51. The Analytical Kid says:
    September 20, 2019 at 9:42 am
    If anyone knows about ridiculous penalties, Brady’s the expert.
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    What are these ridiculous penalties you speak? You are not being very analytical.

  52. This is laudable coming from Brady, the only thing is not is how many flags are called now ant causing teams to win or lose and then out of the clear blue none will be thrown

  53. Extremely hard to enjoy games any more. Tons of penalties, many of them questionable or flat-out wrong. Stoppages are over-the-top: You watch a couple plays and there’s SOMETHING stopping things. Officials talking, a review, timeout, commercial break…. And you can’t ever get excited any more about a big play because there’s a 50-50 chance it’ll get called back after a 10-minute review. And even if it stands you’re just not that hyped any more after the long wait.

  54. Funny he doesn’t complain when their are ridiculous penalties in his games.
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    I would have taken this comment more seriously if you didn’t use “their” instead of “there”

  55. Holding is holding. If it happens 50 times a game then it should result in 50 penalties. The defense is already at a disadvantage with the many rule changes that have been made over the last several years – virtually all of which benefit the offense. What are we going to do now – let O linemen hold because we are tired of seeing so many holding penalties? Why don’t we teach O linemen how to block without holding? Stop holding and there won’t be any holding penalties.

  56. NFL needs to take a page from NASCAR’s playbook…make a rule change on the fly to improve the product…no committee meetings…no owners meetings. Just send a memo to all the teams and officials stating the change.

    Problem Solved!

  57. Football NFL style is becoming like the NBA as the players are too lazy to follow the rules and are forcing the league to relax enforcement to retain the audience. I don’t watch the NBA any more because the rules are very poorly and inconsistently enforced. Think about the NEw Orleans Rams game or the Steelers Chargers game and you may get my point or better still look at all the wind burn roughing passer calls Brady has milked from the refs or the lack of holding by the Pats o-line. The league is destroying its product but Brady is the wrong hypocrite to be brining it p.

  58. I swear these people don’t even watch the games. Pats called for holding multiple times just last week. Someone show me just ONE example of Brady baiting for a call. One please. The hate is so childish at this point. People just making stuff up to because they’re so petty.

  59. Another great example of how the childish hate scrambles people’s minds. Here, Brady says something that all fans agree with, yet the haters would rather take the League’s side! The same League they crap on the rest of the time. So funny. Same thing with Deflategate. Up until then (and after), the League and the Front Office were jokes and not respected by most fans. Then all of sudden they say they’re lauded as ‘doing the right thing’ because its against the Pats. Oh, except for if its Spygate–then the League apparently LOVES the Pats. Which is it haters?

  60. Its amazing how many imbeciles still think that the Tuck Rule was a “bogus call”.

    I’m still loving all the salt, nonetheless.

  61. bfindeisen says:
    September 20, 2019 at 11:13 am
    I swear these people don’t even watch the games. Pats called for holding multiple times just last week. Someone show me just ONE example of Brady baiting for a call. One please. The hate is so childish at this point. People just making stuff up to because they’re so petty.

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    Oh come on! You KNOW that they can’t. Their vision is blinded by all the salt. Jealousy and hatred has caused them to forego facts and logic. Quite comical, really.

  62. melikefootball says:
    September 20, 2019 at 10:08 am
    This is laudable coming from Brady, the only thing is not is how many flags are called now ant causing teams to win or lose and then out of the clear blue none will be thrown

    LOL

    This guy is so full of hate and anger that he cannot even for complete sentences! Just one look at the words “Tom Brady” in the title and this guy starts frothing at the mouth and making wild, unsubstantiated claims that have no basis in fact. I love it!!!

  63. felixinmiami says:
    September 20, 2019 at 10:00 am
    I am sure it has been said already, but no one has benefitted on bad calls or bad reffing more than this whiny baby…

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    Your opinion is not based on fact and instead based on hate, ignorance and jealousy.

    I hope this helps.

  64. felixinmiami says:
    September 20, 2019 at 10:00 am
    I am sure it has been said already, but no one has benefitted on bad calls or bad reffing more than this whiny baby
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    All QBs benefit from the ridiculous rules in place to “protect” them. What are we going to do now ? Allow O linemen to hold because to call holding slows up the game? The solution for too many holding penalties being called is for O linemen to stop holding.

  65. Whatever the dudes name is who does play-by-play on MNF sounds like the Hunger Games game show host. Or a WWE color man, everything is SO dramatic.

    At least Booger stopped his bitchin’ about today’s players contract this season.
    Last year, all he talked about was how much this one makes and how much that one makes, and is this other player really worth 7 mill/year, on and on and on it went.

  66. FootballSeasonRules says:
    September 19, 2019 at 11:15 pm
    Brady’s offensive line gets called for holding all the time.
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    Ha- FACT or FICTION? The Patriots have consistently avg around 26th in the NFL every season on offensive penalties since Brady has been QB. Thats the average where they finish eachand every year. They probably overall all the least penalized team in the nfl on offense. That would almost be like me saying the Raiders never get penalized ever.

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the reasons now why QB’s wear dresses and you are not allowed to even get within a yard of them, or touch them.

  67. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 20, 2019 at 10:48 am
    Football NFL style is becoming like the NBA as the players are too lazy to follow the rules and are forcing the league to relax enforcement to retain the audience. I don’t watch the NBA any more because the rules are very poorly and inconsistently enforced. Think about the NEw Orleans Rams game or the Steelers Chargers game and you may get my point or better still look at all the wind burn roughing passer calls Brady has milked from the refs or the lack of holding by the Pats o-line. The league is destroying its product but Brady is the wrong hypocrite to be brining it p.
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    For an old man you cry like a child. Lack of holding by the Pats o-line? Here is proof that people just make up stuff constantly. Sadly half the people who hate the Pats will take this as fact and regurgitate it. Last year the team with most offensive holding penalties was Indy and Washington with 32. Tied for 7th was the Pats with 24.

    http://www.nflpenalties.com/penalty/offensive-holding?year=2018

  68. retrdntn says:
    September 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Ha- FACT or FICTION? The Patriots have consistently avg around 26th in the NFL every season on offensive penalties since Brady has been QB. Thats the average where they finish eachand every year. They probably overall all the least penalized team in the nfl on offense. That would almost be like me saying the Raiders never get penalized ever.

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the reasons now why QB’s wear dresses and you are not allowed to even get within a yard of them, or touch them.

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    Could it be that because of better coaching they have less penalties? No no no. It’s much easier to blame it on some wild conspiracy theory rather than something so obvious. I sincerely hope you get the help you desperately need so that you can enjoy the game once again.

    I hope this helps.

  69. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 20, 2019 at 8:24 am
    I don’t recall Brady ever taking a hit in a game vs the Steelers. I remember him throwing lots of touchdown passes, many to receivers that weren’t being covered at all.
    You are proof of the old never have a serious conversation with an idiot. The Steelers have nothing to do with the issue of Brady being a hypocrite like you. Brady has benefitted by many favorable calls and seeks them out by baiting the refs you don’t recognize that because of you childish Homer Vision. Cute little distraction from a cute little kid I am sure.

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    If you watched NFL games, you’d see every QB asking the officials to call RTP, every receiver asking the officials to call DPI, every cornerback asking the officials to call OPI, every defensive lineman asking the officials to call holding and on and on. Every player wants penalties called on the opposition.

    In last year’s regular season Patriots-Steelers game, the Steelers were penalized 4 times for 40 yards. The Patriots were penalized 14 times for 106 yards. I’m sure you thought the officiating in that game was very good. If those numbers were reversed, though, you’d claim the game was rigged.

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