Tom Brady believes the NFL is evolving, but it’s not going well. The former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller and future Hall of Famer compared the league’s current state to flag football. Worse, Goat believes the comparison will only get stickier as time goes on.
Brady is no longer an NFL player, so he can speak out in retirement, something he couldn’t do under Roger Goodell’s control. However, there was a hint of irony in Brady’s remarks.
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What does Tom Brady have to say about the current NFL game?
Brady believes the NFL has become weak and that trend will continue. He also said some fans despise the direction of the sport, while NFL purists are pushing back against a flag football-style version of the modern NFL.
Tom Brady is absolutely right about the rule changes favoring offense too much and it’s not the responsibility of defensive players to protect offensive players, it’s weird that he points that out https://t.co/0lq9W34Ns7
— Bayek of Sowa (@SowaTheArrogant) October 17, 2023
“There are a lot of people who are demanding less and less from their bodies; “It’s more like flag football, which is going to be an Olympic sport in 2028. “Maybe for a while football will be flag football,” Brady said. “
The former Patriots legend has a point. Some of the flags thrown on any given Sunday are shocking.
Player protection is at an all-time high, but football has always been a sport. Eliminating collisions in football is changing America’s most popular sport, and some purists won’t stand for it.
“Football is a sport; there’s a physical element to all of it,” the future Hall of Famer said. “You’re throwing a 15-yard flag when, you know, there probably wouldn’t have been a flag 20 years ago. It affects the game in a big way.”
That’s quite a lot for the golden boy, who has been blessed with more bad calls than anyone in NFL history, but he’s right, there were too many flags . At least half or more of the penalties had zero impact on the play they were asking for! https://t.co/NolY6vTM0z
— Bob Wilkinson 🌴🏝🌴 (@Brantfordbob59) October 17, 2023
The irony lies not in the message being sent, but in the messenger.
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Many former players believe Brady benefited from the protection of officials more than anyone in NFL history. The league prefers to see its stars in the biggest games, so maybe the GOAT gets a call or two.
Will Brady return to a softer NFL game?
The greatest quarterback of all time retired, then didn’t retire, then retired again. While Brady appears to have retired for good, NFL fans operate under the premise of “never say never.”
Brady is trying to complete a deal to become a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, which will complicate things if he wants to play again.
Haha😂Why didn’t the lightning strike him down immediately? Tom Brady criticizes referees, says NFL has become ‘more like flag football’ https://t.co/9tw2uomusQ
— A fool who can cry 🦋 (@afooltocry) October 17, 2023
The seven-time Super Bowl champion’s playing days are officially over, and so are his playing days.