In a recent interview with the Tampa Bay weatherTom Brady reiterated his belief that the NFL’s new policy on jersey numbers will make it more difficult for him to win his eighth Super Bowl.
The 44-year-old complained in April when the NFL changed its number rules to allow quarterbacks, punters and kickers to wear numbers 1-19, defensive backs 1-49, players from offensive line 50-79, defensive linemen 50-79 and 90-99, linebackers 1-59 and 90-99, and running backs, tight ends and wide receivers 1-49 and 80-89 in qualifying the policy of “stupid” on social networks.
Preparing to face a Dallas Cowboys team that now includes safety Donovan Wilson wearing No.6, linebacker Jaylon Smith wearing No.9 and LB rookie Micah Parsons in No.11, thinks that He will now be at a disadvantage when the teams start Thursday night to start the NFL season.
âThe number rule is crazy,â Brady said. âLiterally the guys changed their numbers today. I’m playing against two guys who had different numbers in the preseason. So, yeah, you’ve got to watch a movie and know who you’re studying, but the same goes for running backs. They need to know who to block. The offensive line too. The same goes for receivers that adjust their routes based on blitzes.
“So a guy has a 6, a guy has 11, a guy has a 9. And they change every game when you break your routes and come in your place. It’s going to be a very difficult thing. That’s a good advantage for the defense, that’s what it is, âhe said, adding,â At least identify who the D-line is, the linebackers and the safeties. You’re going to have a lot of showdowns where the guys block the bad guys. I don’t know why this should be.
This is because the NFL wants to sell more jerseys and charge players who change their numbers quite heavily by making them buy the unsold jerseys of their old jerseys. As for Brady, we’re going to take a chance and say he’ll be fine.
Get ready to see No.12 in action for the Bucs and No.6, 9 and 11 on the pitch for the ‘Boys on Thursday night.
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