Tom Brady has been connected nan sidelines for astir a afloat NFL season, and he is hating connected what he has been watching connected nan field.
The seven-time Super Bowl victor appeared connected "The Stephen A. Show" and took to task nan "mediocrity" that he has seen successful the NFL.
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Tom Brady, #12 of nan Tampa Bay Buccaneers, looks connected during nan first half against nan Atlanta Falcons astatine Mercedes-Benz Stadium connected Jan. 8, 2023 successful Atlanta. (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
"I deliberation there’s a batch of mediocrity successful today’s NFL. I don’t spot nan excellence that I saw successful nan past," Brady said. "I deliberation nan coaching isn’t arsenic bully arsenic it was. I don’t deliberation nan improvement of young players is arsenic bully arsenic it was. The rules person allowed a batch of bad habits to get into nan existent capacity of nan game. So, I conscionable deliberation nan merchandise successful my sentiment is little than what it’s been."
Brady utilized an illustration of really protect players are being regulated. He said nan hits legends would person made erstwhile he played would person been penalized successful today’s game.
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New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft shakes hands pinch New England Patriots backmost Tom Brady, right, during a ceremonial honoring Brady astatine halftime of New England's crippled against nan Philadelphia Eagles astatine Gillette Stadium connected Sept. 10, 2023 successful Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The erstwhile New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers prima said it is not up to nan protect subordinate to protect violative players. They should beryllium taught really to protect themselves.
"I look astatine a batch of players for illustration Ray Lewis and Rodney Harrison and Ronnie Lott and guys that impacted nan crippled successful a definite measurement and each deed they would person made would person been a penalty," he said. "You perceive coaches complaining astir their ain subordinate being tackled and … why don’t they talk to their subordinate astir really to protect himself? We utilized to activity connected nan fundamentals of those things each nan time. Now they’re trying to beryllium regulated each nan time.
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Down judge Jim Mello, #48, picks up a punishment emblem during an NFL shot crippled betwixt nan Buffalo Bills and nan Las Vegas Raiders astatine Highmark Stadium connected Sept. 17, 2023 successful Orchard Park, New York. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
"Offensive players request to protect themselves. It’s not up to a protect subordinate to protect an violative player. A protect subordinate needs to protect himself. I didn’t propulsion nan shot to definite areas because I was acrophobic players were going to get knocked out. That’s nan reality. I didn’t propulsion it to nan mediate erstwhile I played Ray Lewis because he’d sound them retired of nan crippled and I couldn’t spend to suffer a bully player."
Last month, Brady besides complained astir NFL officiating successful an section of nan "Let’s Go!" podcast – specifically unnecessary roughness calls.
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"Some of nan norm changes that person affected nan game, unnecessary roughness calls and truthful forth, nary 1 likes to spot players get injured, but football’s a beingness sport," he said. "There’s a beingness constituent to each of this. You propulsion a 15-yard emblem for thing that 20 years agone possibly wouldn’t person had a flag. That affects nan crippled successful a large way."
Ryan Gaydos is simply a elder editor for Fox News Digital.