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Tom Brady Offers Surprising Opinion on NFL Rule Changes Throughout Career

David Kaestle
Tom Brady has interesting perspective on NFL rule changes over the years.
Tom Brady has interesting perspective on NFL rule changes over the years. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images
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Tom Brady is currently enjoying his 22nd season in the NFL. That's a club of one when you include the type of success he's having at this late stage in his career, especially at quarterback. This longevity has given him a unique perspective on the league and how it has changed over the years.

While Brady, as a QB, has certainly benefitted from some of the NFL rule changes over the years that have given offenses the edge and kept quarterbacks protected, he understands that they come with a price and might not necessarily be good for the game overall.

In this week's episode of SiriusXM NFL Radio's Let's Go!, Brady discussed these changes, and surprisingly seemed to empathize with the defensive side of the ball.

"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."

Tom Brady, "Let's Go!"

Brady discusses a lot more in the interview, providing some interesting insight and examples, but it's clear the future Hall of Fame QB is well aware of the changes the game has seen and the ramifications that come with them. And he's smart enough and has enough awareness to realize that these changes have both helped and hurt him throughout his 22 years.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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