On Wednesday the NFL passed a new rule, relaxing the stipulations for which positions can wear certain jersey numbers. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported on the approved rule proposal, which has led Bucs QB Tom Brady to venting his frustrations on Instagram.

On Brady’s first Instagram post, he writes “Good luck trying to block the right people now !! !! going to make for a lot of bad football”. About an hour later in a second post, Brady wrote, “Why not let the lineman wear whatever they want too? Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys…why not wear the same number?…DUMB”, while also tagging the NFL and NFLPA’s Instagram handles.

I asked some former quarterbacks why this might matter for their position, and nobody could figure out what Brady is talking about. I can definitely understand how relaxing the jersey number rules can be confusing for viewers who are used to seeing their favorite players in certain numbers, but NFL teams study all week for that matchup. They’ll be well aware of a few number changes. It certainly shouldn’t do anything to impact Brady, or the offensive linemen figuring out who to block. They’d just be communicating different numbers than the year before, which is typical anyway as rosters and lineups change year-to-year.

Brady is the GOAT for a reason, and hopefully we get to ask him why he’s frustrated about this rule change. Several of his teammates seem to be excited for it, with RB Leonard Fournette and LB Devin White, among others, suggesting on social media that they’ll pursue numbers changes this offseason. It’s also possible this is Brady being funny, although I’m not sure I see his angle there either. Certainly a strange stance for the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to take without giving us an explanation as to why the rule change will make life harder on offenses this season.

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Buc76
25 days ago

Its probably because every year they keep tinkering with things. It seemed like there used to be very little change from year to year and over the past 4 or 5 years it seems like they are always changing something every year. Football purists don’t like change. He’s set in his ways and this is probably more work when you have to make split second decisions. The only thing I wish was that he kept it to himself because now they won’t stop talking about it. if he throws a pick to one of these guys that’s all we are… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
25 days ago

I can see a defense like the Patriots taking advantage of this as they like to run 2 down lineman on third downs with the rest of their players standing up. That is going to cause confusion for offense and this change does favor defenses for sure.

SaskBucs
25 days ago

As Buc76 and Alldaway 2.0 touched on, I can see where this does effect a split second decision for veterans in this league. Tom is used to seeing LBs and DBs in certain numbers and the way LBs are moving towards faster coverage guys, the D should be able to use this to disguise coverage a bit more early. It’s a small thing and likely won’t matter except for a lil extra studying but I am not going to tell Tom Brady what does or doesn’t matter. Guy probably has a rain man football brain and now he has to… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  SaskBucs
25 days ago

I’m betting the offensive linemen will block the guys running at TB12 regardless of what number they are wearing.

SaskBucs
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
25 days ago

Ok bad example, thanks for letting me know there is an O line. An O line has never let a corner blitz run free to the QB either? Good to know that as well.

aredsoxfan1
25 days ago

TB12 can be a bit of an odd duck sometimes. Seems like this is one of those occasions.

Naplesfan
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
25 days ago

“Odd” in the sense of being the greatest NFL player in all history. Other than that, he’s decidedly a regular sort of guy whom the other players and coaches love to play with.

ScottC543
Reply to  Naplesfan
24 days ago