NFL Defensive Rookie Trolls Tom Brady For His Recent WR Safety Request

Published 12/22/2021, 12:03 PM EST
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yells as he takes the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Tom Brady was very disappointed Sunday night when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a shutout to the New Orleans Saints. It was not only an added embarrassment to the Tom Brady side, but the Tampa Bay offense was plagued with injuries, one of them being season ending.

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Receiver Mike Evans was forced out of the game because of a hamstring injury. Along with him running back, Leonard Fournette also picked up a hamstring injury and is on injury reserve as of now. But what struck Tom Brady the most was the season-ending ACL injury of his favorite target receiver Chris Godwin.

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Tom Brady on banning low tackles by defense

Godwin was hit low on the knees by the Saints’ safety PJ Williams. And that made Tom Brady share his opinions to safeguard offensive players in the league by banning the defense to hit low on offensive players.

“Chris got hit in the knees yesterday, which is a play I think they ought to take out of the game of football from a receiver standpoint,” Brady said on his weekly SiriusXM podcast. “You know, I’ve kind of talked to the [NFL Players Association] about it for a while, and I’d like to speak to the Competition Committee at some point this offseason.”

“I’ve seen that hit too many times where a defenseless pass-catcher is in the process of catching the ball, and then he’s hit by the defender. And a lot of the defenders will say, ‘Well, we can’t hit them in the head anymore.’ Well, the point is you can’t hit anyone in the head anymore. You can’t hit anyone in the knees anymore except for receivers, because you can still hit them in the knees.”

NFL defense fires back

However, his opinions weren’t received well by some defensive players, who actually know the struggle behind tackling down fast-moving players with the shoulders rolled down. The frontrunner of Defensive Rookie of the Year, Cowboys’ Micah Parsons along with Packers safety Adrian Amos and former Colts star defensive end Robert Mathis harshly disagreed with Tom Brady.

“Lol so let’s stop playing tackle football?” Parsons wrote.

“I don’t think people understand how hard it is to tackle running full speed with having to make sure you don’t hit the receiver high, all while they are ducking their head…” Amos tweeted.

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“It’s kinda gone to that though bc of all the offense-friendly rules [shrug emoji],” tweeted former Colts DE Mathis.

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The subject discussed by Tom Brady is highly debatable and sudden outcomes could revolutionize the sport of NFL. Brady has emphasized the fact since the start of the season. And his concern for the offense is completely understandable, but it should also keep in mind the struggles that the defense goes through.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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