3 Things the Atlanta Falcons learned in unfair loss to Tampa
By Nick Halden
3. You are no longer allowed to sack Tom Brady
For the sake of argument let’s say that Grady Jarrett did somehow break NFL rules and roughed Tom Brady by grabbing him around the waist and pulling him to the turf. How is Jarrett supposed to tackle the quarterback? You cannot pull him to the ground, hit him below the waist or above the chest, or for obvious safety reasons pull the top of his jersey or helmet.
There are rules such as these that make complete sense you want the league to protect the players and not allow someone to get away with a dirty hit or a facemask that could take away the league’s stars.
However, this hit was far from that it was a clean hit in which Jarrett wrapped Brady up from the waist and pulled up to the ground with his momentum landing Brady on top of Jarrett before they both landed on their sides.
If Jarrett cannot tackle Brady in this manner how can he tackle the quarterback? The only other option is for Grady to wrap up the veteran and drop his weight which is far more dangerous when you consider the weight difference between Jarrett and most quarterbacks. This sudden drop of weight will result in far more injuries than the way Jarrett sacked Brady. The point here being it is hard to come up with a scenario in which Jarrett isn’t flagged for touching Tom Brady pointing to the double standard that exists for veteran quarterbacks and how impossible this game is becoming for pass rushers who dare tackle Tom Brady.