Roughing The Passer Rule Needs To Change: Why Tom Brady Needs to Stop Complaints

Roger HarfordCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

When did quarterbacks stop being football players?

When did they become so soft?

Football has always been a tough game. There's a reason there are only 16 games in an NFL season. Players need time to recover from being beaten up for 60-minutes every week.

But, if breathing too hard on a quarterback is a penalty now then do they really need a week to recover?

For those that haven't seen the plays in the Patriots-Ravens game on Sunday, there were two very questionable roughing-the-passer calls.

Terrell Suggs barely touched Tom Brady's leg and Brady started complaining like Tonya Harding hired someone to come after him.

The second was when Haloti Ngata grazed Brady's helmet. Maybe Brady was worried Ngata would mess up his hair because again Brady begged for a flag to be thrown.

Now I'm all for protecting the quarterback, if your an offensive lineman.

I understand that quarterbacks have to stand in there and take hits when they are basically defenseless. And roughing-the-passer should absolutely be called when a quarterback is hit hard late.

But looking threateningly at a quarterback is not a penalty.

At what point do we just give these guys a red jersey and make it a game of touch-football?

Maybe Rodney Harrison said it best, "Tom Brady, if you're listening, take off the skirt and put on some slacks."

If quarterbacks don't stop complaining every time someone gets near them, maybe they should just wear those pink shoes and wristbands every week.

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