Tom Brady has been speculated to be the favorite of NFL referees for years. Well, Brady himself was asked about it on Wednesday.
Brady appeared on Jim Gray’s podcast “Come On!” this week and Gray asked the Buccaneers quarterback about a rough call to the quarterback during his game Sunday against the Eagles. When it comes to roughing up quarterback calls specifically, Brady said he thinks the umpires leave him freer.
“I know that [the officials] He’ll probably let me get away with a lot of unsportsmanlike conduct, talking trash to the other team and trash talking to the umpires when I don’t think I’m getting the right call,” Brady said. “I’m a pain in his a— if you don’t already know. “.
In terms of rough calls to the passer, Brady tweeted to Pro Football Focus asking them to find out the stats for the most rough calls to quarterbacks since 2010. well they answered, and it looks like Brady ranks 10th on that list, though they didn’t include the exact number of rough-the-passer penalties each quarterback has had.
Pro Football Network did not investigate how many unsportsmanlike conduct penalties Brady has received throughout his career, or even in recent years. Brady might be right about the no-call unsportsmanlike conduct: Brady smashed a Microsoft Surface tablet last month on the sidelines, and he wasn’t even fined for the action.
Brady was referring to when he often calls referees “punches” after calls he doesn’t particularly agree with. He admits that he doesn’t hold back with his thoughts or his frustration, yet he is rarely, if ever, penalized for his behavior. In a postseason in which NFL officials have already made headlines multiple times for controversial calls or inattentiveness, it will be interesting to see how the referees treat Brady compared to other players.
The Buccaneers face the Rams in the NFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday afternoon. Brady is looking to win his eighth Super Bowl title, while the Buccaneers hope to win in consecutive years.