Tom Brady enjoyed favorable calls from NFL officiating during his illustrious career, whether it was the “tuck rule” or other instances. Brady”s influence on the game has contributed to the increased protection of quarterbacks in today”s NFL.
However, despite his influence, the 46-year-old quarterback is not particularly pleased with the way games are officiated.
Now in the role of a spectator, Brady is free to voice his criticisms of officials without fear of fines.
In his recent Let”s Go podcast, he took a pointed jab at the league”s officiating.
Brady expressed his discontent with one of the plays from the weekend, specifically the final play in the Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants game on Sunday night. “It”s definitely a penalty,” Brady noted, emphasizing that there was clear holding on the play that went uncalled.
“There’s so many people that want it less and less physical, it’s more like flag football, which is going to be in the Olympics in 2028. Maybe football goes to flag football over a period of time. Football is a physical sport, there’s a physical element to all of this, You throw a 15-yard flag for something that, you know, 20 years ago maybe wouldn’t have had a flag. That affects the game in a big way.” : Said Brady
However, Brady doesn”t limit his criticism to this particular play. He believes that, in general, officials are throwing too many flags in today”s NFL.
He acknowledged the physical nature of football, emphasizing that it has always been an integral part of the sport. Brady”s concern lies in the increased frequency of 15-yard penalties for actions that, two decades ago, might not have warranted such flags. He argued that this trend significantly impacts the game.
Brady voiced his worries about the state of the league, suggesting that the NFL is gradually moving towards a style more akin to flag football. He even speculated that flag football might become the future of the game, given the growing desire for a less physical sport.
It”s evident that Brady is not entirely thrilled with the direction in which the sport is heading, and he”s concerned about the potential transformation of the NFL into a less physical, more flag football-oriented game.