Jets rookie says NFL pampers Brady

Jets rookie Sheldon Richardson says the NFL babies Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

So New York Jets rookie Sheldon Richardson says the NFL babies New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. For those wondering what exactly that might look like, the New York Post is here to help.

In their story advancing Sunday’s latest Patriots-Jets matchup, Richardson never really talked about “babying,” but the beauty of the tabloid world is that it takes only an idea for someone to whip up some good photo art or a pun.

Check out the New York Post’s take on Brady in the tweet below.

Richardson is a Jets rookie. Most people have never heard of him, but he has decided to assume the mantle of the New York player running his mouth before Sunday’s game.

Richardson’s attack method is not a new one — he’s going after Brady, and he’s saying the Patriots get special treatment from the league. Such things have been said before. But Richardson did add some originality to his comments, such as his revisionist football history.

“You’re going to see a lot of stuff, man, that the Patriots can do to you, that they get away with, that we can’t do to the Patriots. It’s just the way it is,” he told the Post. “It’s just the way the world works.”

Richardson’s beef starts with Brady.

“Why do we make rules after he gets hurt?” Richardson asked, presumably speaking of the rule protecting quarterbacks from players already on the ground, which was made after Brady’s 2008 injury. “I don’t know why a bunch of stuff. They made the tuck rule back when? 2000 when? Tom Brady rule, right? OK, a lot of great quarterbacks have hurt a knee before, but now we can’t hit quarterbacks in the knees now ’cause Tom Brady gets hurt. Doesn’t it seem that way? Right or wrong?”

He’s exactly right, and the NFL did in part make the rule because it didn’t want marquee passers like Brady going down by out-of-position players grabbing at their legs. But it’s that whole "tuck rule" thing that immediately detracts credibility from Richardson. The tuck rule already was in place when it famously was used to extend a Patriots drive in a January, 2001 playoff game vs. the Oakland Raiders, and Brady — a rookie — had nothing to do with its formation or implementation.

Richardson said he’s been told by referees on the field not to get too close to Brady or he’ll get a flag.

“Can’t touch Tom Brady unless he’s got the ball in his hand,” Richardson said, accurately summing up the NFL guidelines for all defensive players against all quarterbacks.

Richardson said he’s especially looking forward to Sunday’s game.

“Just because it’s the Patriots,” he said. “I’m ready to go get another shot at these guys. It’s Tom Brady. As a defensive lineman, you look to play certain people, and he happens to be one of ‘em.”

Richardson also had an idea of how Brady has tormented his team.

“He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback,” he said. “He doesn’t make mistakes. It doesn’t matter who his wideouts are, he’s going to win the game, especially when he plays the Jets, apparently. So I just can’t wait to play against him again.”

Every Jets-Patriots game needs its foil.

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