Peyton Manning has piqued Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star’s displeasure with some defensemen wearing single-digit numbers this season.
Manning, who was on ESPN’s Monday Night Football simulcast with his brother Eli, was interrupting a first quarter game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens when he mentioned that Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen wore number 6.
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The former NFL quarterback must have mentioned Brady and his outspokenness about the new guidelines.
“I know Brady doesn’t like single-number linebackers, but Tom is here to stay. You better take care of that. Learn about the fact that a Mike linebacker wears the number 6,” Manning said.
Manning explained why Brady was upset because offensive linemen aren’t used to blocking guys with single digits. He said he supported the change in numbers and suggested the players study hard the week before the game.
The NFL has broadened the rules for jersey numbers this season, allowing running backs, tight ends, full-backs and wide receivers to wear jersey numbers 1-49 and 80-89. Defensive backs will be allowed to wear numbers 1-49, linebackers 1-59 and 90-99, offensive linemen 50-79, and defensive linemen 50-59 and 90-99. There has been no change for quarterbacks, kickers and punters.
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Brady told the Tampa Bay Times last week that it was something that annoyed him.
“The number rule is crazy. Literally the guys changed their numbers today. I’m playing against two guys who had different numbers in preseason. So, yeah, you have to watch a movie and know who you study, “But also running back. They need to know who to block. The offensive line too. The same goes for receivers adjusting their routes based on blitzes,” Brady said.
“So a guy has a 6, a guy has 11, a guy has a 9. And they change every game when you break your routes and get in your seat. It’s going to be a very difficult thing. It’s a good advantage. for defense, that’s what it is. “
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Brady predicted there would be clashes where some players would block the wrong guy.
He expressed the same concerns in April.