Terrell Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer after doing a fly-by on Tom Brady's knee. Yeah, referee Ron Winter probably overreacted, but here's the thing: the rule was created BECAUSE OF TOM BRADY. If a defender even looks at Dreamboat's knees, they can get flagged. In fact, Bernard Pollard won't see Brady until Week 17 and he's ceremonially flagged before every game.
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None of this made Ray-Ray very happy and neither he nor his fedora were going to stand for it. After the loss, Lewis said "it's embarrassing to the game," before concluding that Brady is "a man ... they can be hit just like us."
Um, no they can't.
Yes, Tom, put on some slacks. Maybe some Sansabelts with pleats. Those are very becoming. It's also probably worth pointing out that Brady didn't actually throw the flag.
The NFL Network's Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci had some thoughts, too:
"Yeah, they're going to call that after what happened to Brady last season -- they're certainly going to call that," Sanders calmly explained. He then added, "They've taken it too far but quarterbacks sell the league. You sell the league with a Tom Brady ... they get the most money, they get the most exposure ... so they want to try to protect these guys and that's what happens."
Mariucci then offered this: "The National Football League has more good quarterbacks than ever before. ... One of the reasons is because the rules are protecting them and it's very important to keep it that way. ... Because without these guys the league is simply not the same."
Couldn't agree more. If defenders were allowed to actually tackle quarterbacks, the NFL would look like the Raiders vs. Browns every week. Nobody wants that.