Tom Brady says he doesn’t get special treatment on roughing the passer calls

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The Eagles were flagged for a highly questionable roughing the passer call against Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday, but Brady wants to make clear that the referees don’t go out of their way to protect them.

Brady said in his weekly interview with Jim Gray that the officials actually don’t protect him from getting hit any more than any other quarterback, noting that he only got one roughing the passer penalty during the regular season.

“I always hear that to different degrees about getting penalties, and so forth, roughing the passers,” Brady said. “I don’t remember the last time I got a roughing the passer. . . . I don’t feel like I get them as much as people might think that I get them.”

As noted by Cris Collinsworth, Brady actually has the fourth-lowest rate of roughing the passer calls among all qualifying quarterbacks since 2015. So whatever the reasons for Brady’s success, the officials excessively flagging defenders who hit him is not one of them.

89 responses to “Tom Brady says he doesn’t get special treatment on roughing the passer calls

  1. Brady has trained his abdominal muscles to anticipate body shots up to 3 minutes in advance, just ask him!

  2. The point isn’t that he GETS the most roughing the passer calls.
    The point is that he lobbies for them harder than any QB in the league. It’s like spam, the more you put out there, the likelier that you’ll find a sucker eventually.

    He’s the GOAT of throwing his hands up in shocked disgust in addition to all his regular accomplishments.

  3. Suuuuuure he doesn’t. And my bank account is just about as big as his too. Neither are true.

  4. All QBs benefit from questionable roughing the passer calls. I think the issue is just that Brady has been in so many big games leading to so many championships that we remember them more.

  5. Tell that to Cam Newton. But that’s sports when you’re the top dog. Jordan got more than his fair share of foul calls.

  6. It’s not just roughing the passer calls, check Brady’s playoff games and super bowls. He was bailed out by the refs in a good number of those games.

  7. People have been give the actual factual data and still can’t take it into their brains.

  8. The issue isn’t how many he gets; the issue is when and how minimal contact it takes.
    It probably also prevents guys from teeing him up, too.
    Acting like he isn’t a protected favorite son is a joke!

  9. Maybe it’s just that after the 50 or so years he’s been playing, the defense slacks off a bit to keep from getting a call. Maybe that’s why his completion rate is so high now.

  10. He meant to say that he “doesn’t get special treatment On JUST roughing the passer penalties

  11. He is also overlooking the fact that defenders have learned they are more likely to flagged for hitting him, and thus hold up from what they would do to other QBs.

  12. So how come every time Tom gets knocked down why does he immediately look at the official and throw his arms up in the air? Of course he is begging for a call.

  13. Probably a safe bet that even whether or not Tom Brady even plays next year, he’ll get more roughing the passer calls than Dak Prescott will get.

  14. He has about 20 seconds every play before any defender gets close enough for the refs to call “Roughing the Passer,” so the quantity of calls is not evidence.

  15. Let’s face it, there are fewer Roughing the Passer calls because Brady probably gets hit the least of any QB play. He gets rid of the ball quickly.

  16. he doesn’t. He uses all his preferable treatment on if is an incomplete pass. If it is, it is automatically pass interference against the defense.

  17. The thing is, Brady has a quick release. If he sees the defender coming, he’ll release the ball and take the hit. If the defender can’t pull off the attack, it can make it look like a late hit. And sure he does some acting to make it look worse. Just like every other player in the league. How many times does a WR look around and beg for a flag when he drops a pass? Always.

  18. Its amazing how stats and facts were actually posted supporting Brady’s claim and yet people ignore and deny. What an interesting way to go about life.

    Goodellmustgo also having a rough week. Remember his claim the Bucs would be one and done? The lack of football knowledge is astonishing and approaching T6 level.

  19. Tom, it’s not how many you get it’s when dnd what you get them for. Too many ghost calls in crucial moments.

  20. In life, a lot of folks who get preferential treatment don’t realize they get preferential treatment. This is really no different.

  21. Hitting QBs below the knee was a penalty after Brady tore his ACL, not after Carson Palmer tore his. That’s all you need to know about special treatment Brady gets.

  22. Forget it Brady. Hate doesn’t recognize facts. Haters will believe want they want to believe, even if they get slapped on the face with facts.

  23. Who doesn’t want a favorable call and if a little acting gives you competitive advantage, why wouldn’t do it? It helps you win games. Is this too beneath the meatheads on here?

  24. carloswlassiter says:
    January 19, 2022 at 3:41 pm
    People have been give the actual factual data and still can’t take it into their brains
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    Seriously. The article says 4th lowest rate. As in 4th least.. not most.

    Also he did not complain or make any hand gestures when he got hit. He didn’t expect to get the call at all.

  25. Over the past few years defense players on multiple teams have been told by the referee not to land on Tom! So this doesn’t surprise me at all. First you have to admit that you have a problem. Lol. Before you can start to fix things.

  26. This isnt brady haters either the facts are the facts. Recorded for a life time and for other generations to see how good someone can be at there job if they get to make up the rules as they go along.

  27. As for Tom getting special treatment think bout this what other player other then tom has been allowed to be in the huddle with refs when they are trying to make a call? Out of 30 years being a football fan I never seen it. They dont even allow head coaches that close.

  28. If the refs could flag the wind for blowing a hair out of place on Tom’s head, they would.

  29. TB has no clue how to read a defense! Why it is he needs talent around him to make up for his ignorance. Great QB like payton manning, Roger’s marino elway etc make the players they have better cause they know how to put them in a no harm situation in games.

  30. Hitting QBs below the knee was a penalty after Brady tore his ACL, not after Carson Palmer tore his. That’s all you need to know about special treatment Brady gets.
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    After Kimo’s hit on Carson Palmer, the NFL decided the rule book needed additional modification for additional player protection, thus making it illegal to hit a quarterback at or below the knee. Despite Kimo’s involvement, the rule is called the Carson Palmer Rule. The so-called “Brady Rule” prohibits defensive players who are on the ground from “lunging” at a quarterback’s legs. Now you actually know the evolution of the rule.

  31. Rodgers is far and away the prime benefactor of these calls. Anytime an opposing player gets near him he begs for a call.

  32. 1. He gets rid of the ball VERY quickly, so legitimate scenarios to hit him rarely show up

    2. He rarely runs (jogs) with the ball, so THOSE opportunities are removed

    3. When the pocket collapses, he doesn’t take the hit, he “folds up like a wet blanket”

    He still gets hit, bit it’s rare. If Wirfs is out Sunday, he’ll get hit a lot

  33. Facts don’t matter to this permanent “woe-is-me” crowd. Imagine that this guy has had these people under his thumb for more than a generation now. That has created a lasting psychological effect. It’s called Brady Derangement Syndrome.

  34. Maybe it’s because he’s the king of throwing the ball away anytime someone gets close to him. Many of his throw away passes could be flagged for intentional grounding.

  35. If he wasn’t such a whiner people respect his game, career, etc. But, he is a whining baby and that’s what turns everyone off. Oh, and the lying doesn’t help…NFL made 2 Brady rules just for you, Tom.

  36. Just another example of how phony this guy is. Yeah Tom, you dont stink-eye the ref when a guy even gets in your zip code, looking for that courtesy flag. What a wimpy phony.

  37. This isnt brady haters either the facts are the facts. Recorded for a life time and for other generations to see how good someone can be at there job if they get to make up the rules as they go along.
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    What rules were made up? This ought to be good.

  38. The facts are the facts. People can whine that Brady gets special treatment, but when I read a stat that says TB12 has the fourth lowest calls for roughing the passer since 2015, then it’s not special treatment. You could argue that it could be the ones that are called are more substantial, but we all watch Red Zone and we all have the ability to see when they are called on all QBs. IMO, this is one area where refs really don’t care that it’s Brady. It’s a tough penalty to call in the first place.

  39. grant35 says:
    January 20, 2022 at 8:59 am
    Just another example of how phony this guy is. Yeah Tom, you dont stink-eye the ref when a guy even gets in your zip code, looking for that courtesy flag. What a wimpy phony.

    So stupid… tell us what QB doesn’t do it.
    Do you cry when a WR on the team you root for wants a PI every time the pass is incomplete?

  40. grant35 says:
    January 20, 2022 at 8:59 am
    Just another example of how phony this guy is. Yeah Tom, you dont stink-eye the ref when a guy even gets in your zip code, looking for that courtesy flag. What a wimpy phony.

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    Who is more of a phony, a guy that promotes bud light, papa johns pizza and driving buicks, but behind the scenes he’s driving his Ferarri to get home to his private chef? or Brady… who is exactly what he says he is. You might not like him, but he’s authentic. And… since you don’t know him maybe listen to all the players that wanted to hate him, and then once they got to know him they realized he was a good person. Let go of your hate and appreciate one of the greatest athletes ever.

  41. I think it’s fair to say that Brady wants to draw roughing the passer penalties and if he’s hit he will try to draw roughing the passer penalties, but the reality is that he doesn’t draw them very often. Sure he gives the ref a look and tries to get it called

    Somehow it bothers people that Brady is so competitive, even though that’s what it takes to get to that level. People like that can’t always take the high road. They can try, but they can’t hold it in all the time. See Michael Jordan.

    Heck, there are stories of Brady throwing his paddle if he loses at table tennis. As he recently said about shaking Foles hand, he tries his best to show sportsmanship, but sometimes he’s just mad.

  42. bigo1960 says:
    January 19, 2022 at 6:22 pm
    Brady never fumbles either. It’s called a tuck.

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    Brady fumbled. All intelligent football fans know that. The Raiders got sent home not by the Patriots but by Walt Coleman.

    Before the Cheatin’ Tom internet defense force comes to his rescue it’s also good to point out that Brady himself has admitted many times it was a fumble. He’s a cheat and a complete fraud but I will at least give him credit for being truthful about that.

  43. The brilliance of the haters who just read actual factual data that shows Brady gets the 4th fewest calls in the league and are still calling BS on Brady and claiming that he DOES get preferential treatment on such calls. Blinded by hate, sports fans can say some of the dumbest things you will ever read.

  44. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 20, 2022 at 10:07 am
    bigo1960 says:
    January 19, 2022 at 6:22 pm
    Brady never fumbles either. It’s called a tuck.

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    Brady fumbled. All intelligent football fans know that. The Raiders got sent home not by the Patriots but by Walt Coleman.

    Before the Cheatin’ Tom internet defense force comes to his rescue it’s also good to point out that Brady himself has admitted many times it was a fumble. He’s a cheat and a complete fraud but I will at least give him credit for being truthful about that.

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    What does it matter what Brady thinks. It wasn’t called a fumble because of a dumb rule (applied correctly) that has since been changed. It doesn’t matter how much people know it was a fumble or not. Of course anyone would think they got jobbed by the ref for that call, which is why the rule was changed.

  45. Blase Popik says:
    January 20, 2022 at 2:33 am
    Over the past few years defense players on multiple teams have been told by the referee not to land on Tom! So this doesn’t surprise me at all. First you have to admit that you have a problem. Lol. Before you can start to fix things.

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    While I am not sure you know what referees say to the defensive players, since there is a rule that no defensive player can land on any QB, is this really a revelation?

  46. What does it matter what Brady thinks. It wasn’t called a fumble because of a dumb rule (applied correctly) that has since been changed. It doesn’t matter how much people know it was a fumble or not. Of course anyone would think they got jobbed by the ref for that call, which is why the rule was changed.

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    No it was not applied correctly.

    You would be right if the call on the field was incomplete pass. But the call was fumble. By rule replay has to show conclusive evidence that the call was wrong for it to be overturned. Replay clearly showed Brady had stopped the throwing motion when the ball came out and looked like he might have had two hands on the football. It was not clear if the tuck was completed or not. The fact it’s not clear means no conclusive evidence and by rule the original call (fumble) must stand. Pats got some home cooking on that one.

    As an objective Patriots fan I accept that the Patriots season should have ended right there. The Raiders should have won that game and a bad call handed the game to the Pats. That’s fine. The same thing in reverse happened to us in 76 with roughing the passer. So as I see it the debt from that is now paid in full.

  47. “I do know that [the officials] probably let me get away with a lot of unsportsmanlike conducts, talking smack to the other team and talking smack to the refs when I don’t think I get the right call. I’m kind of a pain in their @$$ if you don’t already know that.” Tom Brady

  48. Brady fumbled. All intelligent football fans know that. The Raiders got sent home not by the Patriots but by Walt Coleman. Before the Cheatin’ Tom internet defense force comes to his rescue it’s also good to point out that Brady himself has admitted many times it was a fumble. He’s a cheat and a complete fraud but I will at least give him credit for being truthful about that.
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    Since you are a “Pats fan” do you like Edelman, Ninkovic or Harrison because of their suspensions? Let’s put Deflategate to rest. What were the registered PSI #s by the refs before the game? There must be a log of this data some place. The NFL does not have. Maybe you can share your findings.

  49. Keep the down votes on a direct Tom Brady quote coming! Proves that those who like him ignore the obvious favortism he gets, and acknowledges!

  50. Somehow it bothers people that Brady is so competitive, even though that’s what it takes to get to that level. People like that can’t always take the high road. They can try, but they can’t hold it in all the time. See Michael Jordan.
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    The double standard is what bothers me.

    Brady is celebrated, but when Manning, Rivers, Rodgers act the same way, they are ‘jerks’

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