Buccaneers QB Tom Brady yells at cloud with truth bomb about today’s NFL
Tom Brady has been playing football for so long, that he’s seen the game go through drastic changes over the years — as a player. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback once again reminded everyone of how old he is when he reacted, based on his first-hand observations, to how football has become “softer” than it used to be over a decade ago, during a recent episode of SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “Let’s Go!” podcast (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk).
“There’s a lot of plays and hits that are happening on quarterbacks now, that are flags for defensive players, that probably weren’t that way 10 or 15 years ago. So I’d say the game is a little softer than it used to be. I think the defensive players are more on the defensive when they go in to tackle. And I think that’s probably adding to this element of quarterbacks outside the pocket and taking more chances, you know, than they did in the past.”
What makes Brady’s take even more interesting is that he’s clearly among the top beneficiaries of these changes in football. At 44 years old, Brady continues to thrive in the NFL with the Buccaneers, in part because today’s rules have given more space for quarterbacks to operate.