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Come To Think Of It: The 'Brady Rule' is Like Putting a Dress on the QB

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stands up with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)
Bob WarjaSenior Writer IMarch 25, 2009

The NFL recently passed new safety regulations. One of the new rules isn't actually a rule, it's an "adjustment", and was  passed a few weeks ago without requiring an owners vote. It is known as the 'Brady Rule', after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Inspired by the hit from Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard that ended Brady's season before it began, defenders who are knocked to the ground no longer can lunge into quarterbacks if the play is still going on.

If you ask me, it's a ridiculous rule. Defenders are paid to sack the quarterback. What do they expect the defender to do if he's on the ground? Wait to get up before attempting to tackle the QB? By then, the play is over.

With a tip of the cap to ESPN's Mike Golic, who as a former player is livid about the new rule, I say we are going too far with QB safety.

Dare I say it's a knee jerk reaction to the jerking of Tom Brady's knee?

Hey, it's too bad that Brady got hurt and missed the season, but it's not a valid reason to go changing the game of football once again.

What's next - arming the QB with a can of Mace to ward off would-be tacklers?

Look, football is a tough, and often brutal sport, and people get hurt. It's unfortunate but it's inevitable. No amount of legislation will ever remove the danger from football, nor should it try.

It's all part of what I call the 'pusification' of the NFL. Like the silly "in the grasp" rule, this is yet another attempt to isolate the QB from the real game of football. The NFL knows it needs its stars to sell TV rights, and can't afford players like Brady or Peyton Manning to be out of action.

It may not be politically correct for me to admit that I even enjoy the blind side hits that almost take QB's heads off, but it is what it is. It's a neanderthal sport that requires a tough man to survive.

And that's the way it should remain, come to think of it.

 

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