Tom Brady Criticizes Patrick Mahomes: Learning Needed

Exploring evolving dynamics in NFL's quarterback safety rules.

by Nouman Rasool
Tom Brady Criticizes Patrick Mahomes: Learning Needed
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In the latest episode of his podcast "Let's Go!", former NFL quarterback Tom Brady critiqued Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes for his handling of a potentially hazardous situation during their recent game against the Green Bay Packers.

This critique came during a wider discussion about the evolution of NFL rules and their impact on players, particularly quarterbacks. Brady, speaking with host Jim Gray and NFL legend Lawrence Taylor, focused on a specific incident involving Mahomes.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Week 13 game, which the Chiefs lost 29-17 to the Packers, Mahomes took a significant hit near the sideline. Brady pointed out that Mahomes was not yet out of bounds during this play, emphasizing the importance of quarterbacks learning to quickly read defenses and release the ball to avoid such risks.

“My best protection was getting rid of the ball,” Brady remarked, stressing on quarterbacks' self-protection through tactical play.

NFL Rule Changes Impact

The conversation then shifted towards the ongoing modifications in NFL rules, particularly those protecting quarterbacks, and how these changes have inadvertently created challenging scenarios for defenders.

In a light-hearted yet pointed exchange, Taylor reminded Brady of how he himself has benefited from these rule changes, drawing a contrast with the more rugged play of earlier NFL eras. Addressing the controversial no-call on Mahomes' hit, head referee Brad Allen, in a post-game interview with PFWA pool reporter Calvin Watkins, justified their decision.

He stated that the officials perceived the defender's contact with Mahomes as late and unnecessary, hence the penalty for unnecessary roughness. Allen confirmed that such calls are always preceded by internal deliberations among officials to ensure accuracy.

Mahomes, reflecting on the team's performance and looking ahead, expressed a mix of dissatisfaction and optimism. Despite an 8-4 record, he believes the team is close to their desired level of play. As they prepare for a critical Week 14 matchup against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes emphasized the importance of learning from past games and focusing on upcoming challenges.

This anticipated game, slated for December 10 at 3:25 p.m. Central time, sees the Chiefs as slight underdogs, according to Heavy’s projections powered by Quarter4. Fans can catch the action on CBS or ABC, as Kansas City aims to improve their standing in a tightly contested NFL season.

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