Ahead of Thursday night’s season opener, it’s worth noting that the NFL passed a rule proposed by the Kansas City Chiefs during the offseason which allows tight ends and receivers to wear any number from 1-49 and 80-89, while defensive backs will be able to wear 1-49 and linebackers can wear 1-59 and 90-99.
Fans of single digits rejoiced as it brought a college football feeling into the pros. Meanwhile seven-time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady voiced his distaste for the NFL’s “stupid rule.”
“The number rule is crazy,” Brady said. “Literally, guys changed their numbers today. I’m playing two guys who had different numbers in the preseason. So, yeah you’ve got to watch film and know who you’re studying but so do running backs. They’ve got to know who to block. So does the offensive line. So does the receivers who are adjusting their routes based on blitzes.”
“So one guy has got a 6, one guy has 11, one guy has got a 9. And they change every play when you break your routes and get to your spot. It’s going to be a very challenging thing. It’s a good advantage for the defense, which that’s what it is.”
Brady will see a fair share of these number changes Thursday night with multiple players on the Dallas’ defense taking advantage of the new jersey rule.
DB Donovan Wilson will wear No. 6, CB Trevon Diggs will wear No. 7, LB Jaylon Smith will wear No. 9, rookie LB Micah Parsons is set to wear No. 11 and SS Damontae Kazee will wear No. 18.