Tom Brady “wasn’t trying to make any point” with Thursday night Twitter complaints

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raised plenty of eyebrows with his Thursday night tweet complaining about penalties during the Titans-Jaguars game. On Monday night, Brady explained his motivation to Jim Gray of Westwood One.

“I wasn’t trying to make any point,” Brady told Gray. “I’m a fan of the NFL. I’m a fan of football. More so than anything. I’ve been a fan of this game for 40 years of my life. My parents had me in the stands at Candlestick Park when Joe Montana threw to Dwight Clark and ‘The Catch.’

“As a fan of the sport when I’m watching the game, I want to see good, clean, hard-nosed football, and I’m a little bit of an old-school player in that way because for playing in this game for 20 years, you know, I recognize the many rules changes, the influence of the media, the influence of society. I want to see tough, hard-nosed football. When I was watching the other night I decided to turn it off ’cause I didn’t feel like that’s what I was seeing, and that’s all I was saying.”

Brady has benefited from plenty of those rule changes, because plenty of those rule changes are aimed at protecting quarterbacks and the players to whom he throws the football.

Regardless of Brady’s explanation, his opinion resonated with fans, with media, and possibly with the league. On Saturday, game officials discussed the rash of offensive holding fouls through 33 games of the 2019 season, and the per-game rate plummeted from 5.7 to 2.9 during the 14 games played on the third Sunday of the season.

19 responses to “Tom Brady “wasn’t trying to make any point” with Thursday night Twitter complaints

  1. Brady for Commissioner. I love it old school. Tough yards and great running backs. Tough contested catches with some grabbing and tugging at the line. Let em play refs.

  2. The Palmer Rule started it all in 2006. It’s the very rule that so many football fans love to conveniently toss aside. Around that time, Peyton Manning and Bill Polian were tired of losing to the Patriots. So, the league started to add new rules to protect receivers from linebackers and defensive backs. The league went a step further when Rodgers was injured, and later threw more flags in 2018.

  3. Are you saying that because Tom Brady has benefited from rules changes, that he should not voice his opinion or that his opinion should be discounted? The league doesn’t make rules changes to benefit Tom Brady or quarterbacks. It makes changes to make to make the game more exciting and to protect its players. Tom Brady has really played in two different eras of the NFL and understands the NFL as well as any player from a historical perspective. It would be a shame if he saw a bad trend and didn’t say anything. The criticism means just as much coming from #TB12 as it does from the paid media.

  4. He’s telling the truth. When have the Patriots ever NOT been accountable for what they say and do?

  5. Just here to remind the salty mountain of hate of when a frustrated Donald got to Brady (late) in the SB he roughed him, ragdolling to the turf – and ref just warned him instead of flagging.

  6. Tom Brady – “I’m a fan of the NFL”….lol you’re a little more than just a fan Tom but keep back tracking buddy…

  7. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 24, 2019 at 2:16 am
    Pretty Boy Brady and “hard nosed football” go together like boxes of candy and flamethrowers.
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    Clearly you do not watch him play enough. So playing with cracked ribs, banged up ankles and only missing time in 20 years because of a torn ACL is not hard-nosed? Playing week to week is the definition of it. I think you have a thing for the pretty boy.

  8. Around that time, Peyton Manning and Bill Polian were tired of losing to the Patriots.
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    Don’t forget about the “emphasis” on defensive holding because Peyton went 1 and done so much up to 2004. I diluted the NFL defensively but it didn’t help Peyton. He went one and done an NFL record 9 times in the post season. The Pats knocked them out twice. The Steelers knocked them out twice. The Jets (YES THE JETS) knocked them out twice. The Chargers knocked them out twice. The Colts act like it was the Pats that stood in their way but in reality the Colts are an equal opportunity loser. They routinely get abused in the post season by teams not in the AFC South.

  9. windowthrow says:
    September 24, 2019 at 2:27 am
    Said the man that finally got a great defense.

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    Well, when you try to build defense first like BB did early in Brady’s career, there is no one better than BB to do it for you.

    From 2007-2013, the approach was to build offense first for Brady in an offensive era.

  10. Brady has never asked for rule changes unlike the “helicopter parent” Bill Polian.

    He started in an era where QB’s got beat up. The only games he’s missed were due to a catastrophic season ending injury. That Denver AFCCG game (the last one they lost) he took over 20 hits and still nearly pulled the game out in the final minute.

    Just because he looks pretty doesn’t mean he’s soft.

  11. hagigun says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:19 am
    Brady for Commissioner. I love it old school. Tough yards and great running backs. Tough contested catches with some grabbing and tugging at the line. Let em play refs.
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    This is the same Brady who would stare down a ref hoping to get a flag. If Brady doesn’t receive a flag he bitches at them.

  12. This is the same Brady who would stare down a ref hoping to get a flag. If Brady doesn’t receive a flag he bitches at them.
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    Also the same Brady that has been called the toughest QB by the likes of Von Miller, Michael Strahan, Micheal Bennett, etc.

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