Tom Brady warns that new jersey rule will “make for a lot of bad football”

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The Chiefs wanted to revolutionize the universe of jersey numbers available to players. The quarterback who beat the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV doesn’t like that very much.

“Good luck trying to block the right people now!” Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady posted on Instagram. “[G]oing to make for a lot of bad football.”

It possibly could make for some bad offensive football, since quarterbacks won’t know (for example) if the guy who’s wearing No. 25 and who seems to be ready to blitz is a linebacker or a defensive back. And for the center, figuring out whether the guy playing middle linebacker is the middle linebacker or a safety will become more complicated.

Still, it doesn’t seem like a major problem. Through preparation and film study, quarterbacks and offensive linemen will know which number belongs to which player. When you’re getting ready to face a given defense, don’t you already know that?

So, basically, Tom wants us to get off his lawn.

49 responses to “Tom Brady warns that new jersey rule will “make for a lot of bad football”

  1. He’s right. There was no reason to change the rule other than jersey sales, and I am no sure that will be much of a difference.

  2. I work hard on my lawn, and spend a bit of money to keep it lush and green so yes – I want bozo kids to get off it

  3. I like the change, I liked how orderly the NFL did numbers but no one grows up playing with those rules and its not fair to reserve most of everyones favorite numbers for punters and kickers

  4. Guess you can take TB out of Boston but can never shed that penchant for Boston whining.

  5. Are players really that dumb that the only way they can distinguish players of different positions it by their jersey number?

  6. BB will know all the numbers and circumvent the system and be the best head coach again go Pats!

  7. Grown men making millions griping and whining about wearing or wanting to wear single digit numbers seems, shall I say, frivolous?

  8. Tom won’t have to worry about that, because this is his last season, and it’s going to end with him being carted off the field when his knee finally gives out on him. Sorry Tom but those little green smoothies won’t be enough to strengthen a knee that’s been deteriorated to the point yours has. Father time wins this year

  9. I mean they better cancel high school and college football since his highness has deemed jersey numbers to be the downfall of football…with all that terrible football in college I wonder where the NFL will go to find new players each year??

  10. If you haven’t done enough film study to know your opponent, and its players’ numbers, then you deserve to play “bad football”

  11. Why have any rules or laws? Isn’t this the age of doing whatever you want?

  12. I love when some don’t realize when something is intended to be tongue in cheek.

    Tom is clowning those that claim that every change will ruin the game.

  13. Good job TB12. Rarely a day goes by that you don’t say something, anything to keep your name in the media. You are a champion, MVP self-promoter! Nice.

  14. I agree with Tampa Tom

    Gambling revenue. Check. New revenue streams for Jersey and swag sales. Check. Atrocious officiating still in place? Check.

    This league is such a racket!

  15. ghjjf says:
    April 22, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    Are players really that dumb that the only way they can distinguish players of different positions it by their jersey number?

    ~~~

    Check with the Ravens. After getting beat in the playoffs by NE they proposed a rule change for players to wear vests with position specific numbers when they were decaring as eligible/ineligible.

  16. bartholomew says:
    April 22, 2021 at 2:09 pm
    ghjjf says:
    April 22, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    Are players really that dumb that the only way they can distinguish players of different positions it by their jersey number?

    ~~~

    Check with the Ravens. After getting beat in the playoffs by NE they proposed a rule change for players to wear vests with position specific numbers when they were decaring as eligible/ineligible.

    ———

    Yes, the Ravens we’re that dumb. It happened to them 3 plays in a row before they figured it out and by then it was too late.

  17. all teams should wear rainbow colors and look exactly the same. that would be fun

  18. Can’t blame Tom for this opinion. He is so prepared, he can probably not even look at a whole number, but a type of number and will know what he needs to do. For those who have cut their decision making down to mere milliseconds, I can see this being more than a small thing. QBs with slower thought processes aren’t going to have to adjust as much. But for read and react guys of elite ability, this matters…

  19. “since quarterbacks won’t know (for example) if the guy who’s wearing No. 25 and who seems to be ready to blitz is a linebacker or a defensive back.”
    ___________

    So, the thinking here is that NFL quarterbacks who spend hours upon hours prepping every week will have no idea who they’re playing and what their jersey numbers are? Or that they wouldn’t be able to check the alignment and figure out who the blitzer is?

  20. No offense to Florio but he will never know more football than Tom Brady. He might not know the law better than Brady.

  21. two types of people, those that don’t really know the rules and those that know the rules and use them as advantage over the people to lazy to know and understand the rules…. this rule change just equals the playing field for the lazy people a little…. the game dies a little every year

  22. He’s right. It’s why BB has his guys practice in camp with NO numbers.

    BB well ahead of the curve as per usual. This won’t affect NE or Brady.

  23. “”Are players really that dumb that the only way they can distinguish players of different positions it by their jersey number?””

    =========

    Some of these recent QB’s can’t even get to the second read..
    Having to know players numbers might cause their head to explode?

  24. Anything that takes away from the excessive advantages that the offense already has and particularly from the glamour queen quarterbacks is a good thing.

  25. Anyone, dback or lb up at the line will blitz or they won’t, now just with different numbers

  26. No wonder Ronnie Lott was so good all those years That #42 had everybody fooled all the time. They didn’t know if he was a linebacker or a DB.

  27. Lol you people will whine about anything. It’s numbers on a jersey. Suck it up buttercup

  28. TB trolling writers and fans.
    And they all take the bait.
    TB is amused by their silliness.

  29. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    April 22, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    Why have any rules or laws? Isn’t this the age of doing whatever you want?
    ===================================================================
    Seems that way. We just went through a leader who pressured a secretary of state to find extra votes, exhorted his VP to violate the Constitution, weaponized the Dept. of Justice and incited a riot, and hasn’t been charged with anything.

  30. Changing the jersey number rules or not will have no impact on football whatsoever.

  31. The issue here is that it will be harder for QBs to identify what defense the other team is running based on personnel (like are they in nickel, dime, base, etc.) pre-snap. It may not make a difference to teams with bad QBs who don’t know the difference and just throw to the guy who is schemed open by his coordinator, but when the read is based on the other team’s personnel it’s definitely more difficult with changing numbers.

  32. No wonder this guy couldn’t start in college.

    He couldn’t tell the difference between a DB and LB.

  33. I’ve wondered whether Mike Hilton had extra success as a blitzing CB wearing 28. Either way, still wishing him luck 14 games a season.

  34. I think it’s a legitimate gripe. The NFL has had position-based numbers for decades. So why change it now?

    This system has allowed for a quicker read of who is where (I don’t know what the original intention was). QBs will still be able to make reads, of course, but now they have to memorize a 53 man roster every week. It will just create some confusion.

    But here’s a scenario – say #35 is a DB and gets released, and the team brings in a LB during the week and gives him #35. That’s where it just creates needless confusion, IMO.

  35. It’s also how refs determine penalties too. Like illegal man downfield. They can tell who is C, G or T vs a TE. Why make it harder for the refs…they make enough mistakes now.

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