A lot of NFL players have taken to the league’s relaxed regulations on jersey numbers, but at least one star is not a fan of the change: Tom Brady.
Dallas has three players on defense who have changed their numbers to single-digits–linebacker Jaylon Smith (54 to 9), cornerback Trevon Diggs (27 to 7) and safety Donovan Wilson (37 to 6)-plus another in rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, who is wearing No. 11.
“The number rule is crazy,” Brady said. “Literally, guys changed their numbers today. I’m playing two guys who had different numbers in the preseason. So, yeah you’ve got to watch film and know who you’re studying but so do running backs. They’ve got to know who to block. So does the offensive line. So does the receivers who are adjusting their routes based on blitzes.
“So one guys has got a 6, one guy has 11, one guy has got a 9. And they change every play when you break your routes and get to your spot. It’s going to be a very challenging thing. It’s a good advantage for the defense, which that’s what it is.”
Brady likened the situation to if offensive linemen were allowed to wear numbers in the 80s and in single digits.
Interestingly, the legendary quarterback recently spoke about the rule changes implemented over the last decade to protect offensive players and admitted he was not a fan of them either.
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Now matter how inconvenient it might be for Brady and his teammates to have to adapt to the Cowboys’ new numbers, we’re sure they will have it figured out by Thursday night.
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