Tom Brady Blasts New NFL Jersey Number Rule

Larry Rupp
Tom Brady blasts the new NFL jersey number rule that loosens the restrictions.
Tom Brady blasts the new NFL jersey number rule that loosens the restrictions. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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While a lot of NFL fans seem to be excited about the new NFL jersey number rule, it certainly seems like quarterback Tom Brady is against the change. He took to Instagram to voice his displeasure on the topic after it was officially passed by the NFL owners on Wednesday.

The rule change was originally proposed by the Kansas City Chiefs and loosens the restrictions on which positions are allowed to wear single digit numbers. Now, anybody besides offensive and defensive linemen can wear a number between 1-19, including linebackers and defensive backs.

Brady explained how he thinks the new rule will cause communication problems along the offensive line and create general confusion on the field. This change definitely helps out the defense as it doesn't allow for blitzers to be picked up as easily before the ball is snapped.

However, that is a welcomed change of pace given how offensively-minded the NFL has become over the years. NCAA football has actually implemented a very similar rule and has faced no issues with it. In fact, some NFL players may even return to the number they played with in their college days.

All things considered, it'll be interesting to see if the rule change has any real impact on the game when the 2021 NFL season kicks off. For now, Brady will just have to make an adjustment as he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.


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