We already know Tom Brady is really, really good at football. He can impact the game greatly on the field — from his deep throws to acting incredibly calm under pressure in the final minutes.
But does he have an impact on how often the referees throw a flag? NFL fans seem to think so.
As you probably know, the New England Patriots quarterback had enough of the “Thursday Night Football” matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, and took his frustrations to Twitter. Brady’s first tweet simply said, “Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!! #TENvsJAC,” before following that up with telling his 674-plus thousand followers he was turning the game off because of the “ridiculous penalties.”
Although the 42-year-old claimed he was “very pro-ref,” a hot mic caught the signal-caller screaming at a referee during New England’s Week 3 game against the New York Jets on Sunday. But the intentional grounding call Brady was angry about was just one of 41 penalties called during Sunday’s slate of games.
NFL fans predictably reacted to Schefter’s tweet, saying Brady was the reason behind the penalty plummet. Take a look at some of the responses:
We’ll just have to wait and see what Week 4 has in store for penalties to see if this trend continues.
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