Tom Brady went on an unexpected rant about the NFL's new rule on uniforms. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback went to social media to express his anger about the rule, allowing more flexibility when it comes to numbers worn on players' jerseys. Brady believes this will lower the quality of football as it will cause issues for the offense.
"Good luck trying to block the right people now!" Brady posted on his Instagram story with an image of the new numbers for players. "Going to make for a lot of bad football!" Brady then posted a screenshot about the rule and called out the NFL and NFL Players Association. He wrote: Why not let the Lineman wear whatever they want too? Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys...why not wear the same number?...DUMB."
The new rule allows quarterbacks, punters and place-kickers to wear numbers 1-19, defensive backs 1-49, and then running backs, tight ends and wide receivers 1-49 and 80-89. Offensive linemen can wear 50-79, defensive linemen 50-79 and 90-99, and linebackers 1-59 and 90-99. The new rule was proposed by the Kansas City Chiefs to t the NFL's competition committee, as mentioned by ESPN. Here's a look at fans reacting to Brady's rant.
I would like to speak to the manager please... https://t.co/482q4ysoia— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 22, 2021
Tom Brady when he drops back to pass and sees a DT wearing #6: pic.twitter.com/LJDUBDjYJz— Dustin Brewer (@dstnbrwr) April 22, 2021
"I don’t understand his point, like whatever’s the number if the jersey not the same as yours just run ???" one fan asked. Another fan replied: "I’m guessing it has to do with callouts/plays, makes it a bit more confusing for a quarterback when the numbers are all over the place."prevnext
*Tom Brady trying to identify the MIKE but sees #6 staring at him*
"Holy shit, they've got a quarterback playing defense!" https://t.co/si7yJMbE3J— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) April 22, 2021
One Twitter user wrote: "Ya that’s what’s kinda got me confused cuz don’t college players deal with this all the time? like linebackers or corners wearing single digits."prevnext
Tom Brady is NOT happy about the new NFL number rule 😳 pic.twitter.com/0wE9Te15Nj— PFF (@PFF) April 22, 2021
"This is actually pathetic. If you need a jersey to dictate who to block you shouldn’t be in the NFL," one fan stated.prevnext
Tom Brady caring this much about a rule change on April 22nd months before going for his 8th Super Bowl in his 22nd season at age 43 is why he’s Tom Brady.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) April 22, 2021
"The amount of people replying to this that have no idea what [Tom Brady] does at the line of scrimmage or why this is an issue never ceases to amaze me," NFL analyst Ross Tucker wrote.prevnext
Tom Brady hates the new number rules so I officially hate them as well.— JC Cornell (@CornellNFL) April 22, 2021
A social media user wrote: "It’s trash. I still haven’t gotten over the fact that no receivers wear numbers in the 80s anymore. It was ABs last redeemable quality."prevnext
What @TomBrady is referencing is a real concern coaches have talked about. Some feel like the prospect of more confusion among lineman, and potential for more free runs at QBs, runs counter to what the league has done historically.
Will be interesting to see if it's a problem https://t.co/F4zkDgFKN5— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 22, 2021
"True but it is not like players can change numbers game to game or within a game," David Chao of Pro Football Doc explained. "[NFL] players do enough film study that this should be a minor (if any) issue."prev