Tom Brady is not a fan of the new NFL rule that allows players to change their jersey number based on their position.
The Buccaneers star quarterback expressed his frustration with the rule in an Instagram story on Thursday.
“Good luck trying to block the right people now [!!!!] gonna do a lot of bad football, ”he wrote.
On Wednesday, NFL owners adopted a proposal, originally made by the Chiefs, to ease restrictions on the numbers available to players in the skill position – with the main change to be in the skill position, linebackers and defensive backs can now choose single digit numbers. .
The new structure allows defensive backs to choose any jersey number from 1 to 49, while running backs, full-backs, tight ends, half-backs and wide receivers can choose between 1-49. and 80-89. Linebackers, meanwhile, can now wear numbers 1-59 and 90-99.
While Brady’s No.12 jersey number will not change – due to the exemption of quarterbacks, punters, kickers and offensive and defensive linemen – he is clearly concerned about players having difficulty identifying the positions.
“Why not let the linemen wear what they want too?” ” he wrote. “Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys… why not wear the same number?… DUMB.
Quarterbacks, bettors and kickers should always wear the numbers 1-19, offensive linemen could still choose from numbers 50-79 and defensive linemen could still choose between 50-79 and 90-99 .
Following the news, the NFL said expanded training teams, due to COVID-19, resulted in jersey number issues for some clubs last season, prompting the Chiefs’ proposal.
It is likely that there will be more reactions to come.
According to a long-standing NFL rule, if a player wishes to change their number, they will have to buy back the existing inventory from jersey distributors. Players wishing to suspend a number exchange and wait until next season to change would not have to fork out any money.
When the rule was in the early stages of development this month, Bills star Stefon Diggs is committed not to change his jersey n ° 14, so fans don’t have to “spend their hard earned money” to support it.
While it’s inevitable that some NFL players will sport different looks this season or next, the revised shirt number rule could dramatically increase sales of shirts, among other merchandise.
The NFL’s revised rule approval came just weeks after owners voted to extend the regular season to 17 games.