In the latest episode of “Let's Go!” podcast, Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and future inductee Tom Brady, along with legendary sportswriter Jim Gray, delved into the significant rule changes in the NFL from the 1980s to the actuality Taylor, a former New York Giants linebacker, expressed his admiration for Brady's era, acknowledging the challenges and skills required in modern football.
Taylor, known for his formidable defense, confessed to Brady that he wished he could have played in the current era, citing Brady's remarkable offensive achievements. However, he also admitted that it might not have been as effective today due to the evolution of the rules.
Seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady shared his perspective, noting that the rules have changed significantly even since he started playing. He expressed his displeasure with the current state of the game, arguing that protecting quarterbacks has become excessive. Brady cited an incident involving Patrick Mahomes, and emphasized that quarterbacks must adapt by reading defenses better and making quicker decisions.
The discussion also touched on the fines levied on players like D'Andre Swift of the Philadelphia Eagles for aggressive plays, which Taylor found perplexing. He humorously commented that if he played by today's rules, he could end up owing money at the end of the season due to penalties.
Lawrence Taylor, celebrated for his impact on the game, including two Super Bowl titles and an MVP award in 1986, reflected on the dramatic change in how the game is played and regulated. This conversation between two of the game's most revered figures highlights the ongoing debate about the balance between player safety and the aggressive nature of football.