‘Softer Than it Used to Be’ – Tom Brady Gives His Two Cents on Modern Day NFL

Published 09/23/2021, 11:39 AM EDT
Sep 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports


Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians will be delighted with how his team is playing at the moment. The Bucs were underdogs in 2020 but they started their 2021 NFL campaign as firm favorites to return to the Super Bowl. Under the leadership of the fearless Tom Brady, the Buccaneers look to be working towards another big season.

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TAMPA, FL – JUL 31: Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp on July 31, 2021 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 44-year old quarterback has thrown for 655 yards with 9 passing touchdowns after just 2 games in September 2021. Brady is proving that age is just a number for him as he hunts for championship ring #8.

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However, he has an important message to give budding youngsters and the current crop of NFL starlets.

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7-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady featured on a recent segment of the SiriusXM NFL Radio ‘Let’s Go!’ show. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers superstar went on to talk about how the NFL ‘softer’ than it used to be back when he made his debut in 2000.

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“The one thing that’s probably changed over the years in terms of why it’s probably gone a little more this way is, and I’ve alluded to this in the past, I think they’re calling more penalties on defensive players for hitting … for violent contact.”

“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. I’d say the game is a little softer than it used to be,” Brady said on the show.

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Brady and the Bucs will go up against Sean McVay’s high-flying Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. Both teams are yet to taste defeat this season. You can’t afford to miss this one!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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