Tom Brady Thinks Wide Receivers Should Have Their Legs Protected, Or We Could Just Make The NFL Two-Hand Touch?
Yardbarker- “Everyone else has their legs protected in the NFL. Quarterbacks get their legs protected. Defensive linemen get their legs protected. Linebackers get their legs protected. I don’t see why a defenseless receiver shouldn’t get his legs protected either. Maybe that’s something they’ll look at in the offseason."
I actually respect what Tom Brady's is trying to do here. He's trying to stand up for his teammates. His best pass catching running back suffered a season ending leg injury. His best wide receiver suffered a regular season ending leg injury. His all-world tight end is currently rehabbing a leg injury. Shit, if I were Tom Brady I would probably be clamoring for the league to review hits to the lower body as well. Forget the irrationality of the suggestion, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history just want to throw to someone whose first name he knows.
Make no mistake about it, saying that wide receivers should have their legs protected is completely irrational. I don't want to ruin the suspense here, but there's an infinite percent chance that the NFL doesn't take a look at outlawing the targeting of a wide receiver's legs. Not because I don't think lower body injuries are a problem in the NFL, but because it would literally become impossible, even more so than it already is, to play defense. Hey defenseless wide receivers...deal with it. It's better than having an entire side of the ball that's defenseless. You can't hit someone in the head because they'll be brain dead by age 40. You can't hit someone in the shoulder because the momentum will likely cause you to make contact with their head. Now we are going to take the legs out of the equation too? Basically you have to hit some of the most finely tuned athletes in the world, running at unconscionable speeds, directly between the tits and the dick. That seems like a reasonable request. That can't possibly make the NFL more unwatchable than it has already been this season.
Tom Brady is right. Give the people what they want. More flags. Flags by the dozen. In fact, they shouldn't even throw flags, they should leave them on the field during play, and pick them up if the unthinkable happens and nothing punishable by yardage takes place on any given down. That actually makes more sense in terms of efficiency. If you start punishing unavoidable lower body collisions then there will be more penalized plays than unpenalized plays. Might as well just tack 15 yards on to the end of every pass. Before we go changing the rules because the Patriots have the injury bug let's see Tom Brady try to tackle a member of his own training staff without instinctually aiming for his feet. Hypocrite...