The NFL has put in place yet another new rule to protect the quarterback. The change, now known as the "Brady Rule" prohibits a rushing defender from forcibly hitting the knee area or below of a passer who has one or both feet on the ground, even if the initial contact is above the knee. I'm going to need a little more clarification on this rule before I can pass full judgment. It's been stated that it is not a penalty if a player is blocked or pushed into the quarterback, but what if a downed defensemen swipes at scrambling QB's ankles as he runs by?
I understand that quarterbacks are the highest paid athletes in the NFL and are the faces of most franchises but how long will it be before they are all wearing red practice jerseys on Sundays? It wouldn't surprise me that before the owner's meetings let out, they have forced Giselle Bunchden to sign a waiver declaring that she will never EVER make wittle Tommy Boy cwy. Seriously, I wouldn't put it past Patriots owner Robert Kraft to protect his golden boy from villainous German supermodels anyway he could. This is a direct quote from the article linked above (I kid you not)...
"He looks like a stud," Kraft said. "He almost looks more broad, more filled out. He has an infectious personality that is so charismatic and contagious."
Additionally, this is the 2nd rule change caused by Tommy Boy, for what it's worth. More to come?