Brady should really preempt this whole thing and reach out to Reed and apologize. It's hard to ascribe intent on things like this when the game moves do fast and Brady has a clear propensity to try and protect himself from big hits these days, but that play looks pretty bad - there really is no reason to slide like that. I doubt his intention was to actually spear him, but at best, it's extremely reckless.
I couldnt agree more with Pollard unfortunately the chances the NFL actually does something about it is almost none simply because of who it is. Its disgusting favoritism and another reason I cant wait for Brady to be gone for good.
I didn't like that play at all, tbh. I'd like to think it was just a very nonathletic Brady trying to protect himself, but that doesn't fly. He should apologize no matter.
But lmao at Pollard calling ANYONE dirty. He's as dirty as they come.
The NFL protects its big-name quarterbacks?
Well, I guess you are right — if you feel that the top three QBs in the league are Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler and Colt McCoy. Statistics from the 2010 season, combined with the first three weeks of the 2011 season, show that the Raiders’ Campbell ranked No. 1 in drawing roughing the passer penalties, getting 1.46 for every 100 passes. The Bears’ Cutler drew 1.28 and Cleveland's McCoy 1.20. Oh, and by the way, next in line was the Panthers’ Jimmy Clausen at 1.0.
What about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? Let me look down the list, although it might take me a while since they both are way down there. Brady does get more protection than Manning, that’s for sure. Brady has drawn 0.16 roughing the passer calls per 100 attempts compared to 0.15 for Manning. That, for Brady, is one call in every 625 pass attempts, while for Manning it is one call for every 679 attempts.
The whole list and rest of the story: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/s...vorites-092911
Find me a graph with calls per contact not calls per pass. Even then you have to assume that the defensive players aren't more careful with the way they contact marquee QB's (Brady, rogers, Peyton) than scrubs. I don't think that's a safe assumption.
All your graph proves in Brady has a pretty good OL.
I'm not saying you are wrong, but roughing penalties per attempts is useless without knowing how often the QB was even touched.
Bottom line, it comes with the territory. Superstars getting calls is not going to change and this nothing really wrong with it. Gives fans on messageboards something to b!tch about.
What we do know is on film. Brady had his eyes on Reed, slid, and raised his foot to make contact with the defender. Regardless of intention, it's a dangerous (and *****-ass) play. That's all the league needs to know. He should be fined.