How the “Brady Rule” Will Kill Football


Published: April 21, 2009


... so-called "Brady Rule" prohibits defensive players who are on the ground from "lunging" at a quarterback's legs. 

The rule was created to prevent the kind of injury that sidelined Patriot QB Tom Brady for the entire 2008 season.  A similar hit knocked the Bengals' Carson Palmer out of a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

While the intent of the rule is to protect quarterbacks—the league's most visible and precious commodity—its implementation could lead to changes that will take the National Football League back to the "three yards and a cloud of dust" game that prevailed in the 1940s. 

Here's why:

Recognizing the potential to penalize defenses, offensive linemen, tight ends, and running backs are going to "cut" opposing defenders as often as possible.  The increased use of the cut block will result in more injuries to defensive players—especially on the defensive line.

A few years from n...

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