Tom Brady is concerned about the current state of football — and believe it or not, his concerns lie with the increasing protections for offensive players like himself.
During a recent interview, the all-time great quarterback talked about how today’s young guys are “not being taught the right way.”
Brady referenced an era when he wouldn’t throw passes to certain areas of the field if he was playing against hard-hitting defenders like Ray Lewis. Back then, a pass across the middle meant a huge hit for the defender — now, it mostly likely means a defenseless receiver penalty.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion believes this coddling of the offense has resulted in some increasingly sloppy play throughout the league.
“Every hard hit is a penalty on the defense,” he said. “I feel like they penalize defensive players for offensive mistakes.”
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Brady has long benefited from rules involving increased quarterback protection. But apparently, he’d be happier if these rules weren’t in place.
“They’ve almost moved the protection of [the defense’s] opponent, to the [defense]. As opposed to where it should be which is on yourself,” he explained. “If you’re a quarterback, you gotta protect yourself and your players. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of your opponent to protect you.”
Brady, who’s entering his 22nd NFL season, believes these rules a creating “bad habits” for up-and-coming players.
“It creates really bad habits for players, because you feel like ‘I can basically do anything. I could run and not slide. I could throw my receiver into any coverage and not have any repercussion for it,'” he said. “They only thing they’re going to do is actually they’re going to blame the defensive player for making a good solid hit.
“… It’s really a disservice to the sport, because the sport isn’t being played at a high level that I believe that it once was.”