If there’s one thing that NFL fans love to complain about, it’s when their favorite team gets flagged for a roughing the passer while trying to tackle Tom Brady.
During Tampa Bay’s 31-15 playoff win over the Eagles on Sunday, the Buccaneers quarterback drew a roughing the passer penalty on the second play of the game.
As you can imagine, Eagles fans weren’t thrilled with the call.
Although Brady got the call in that case, he noted during his “Let’s Go!” podcast this week that when it comes to roughing the passer, he usually DOESN’T get the call. Say what now. According to Brady, there’s a misconception out there about how often defenders get flagged for roughing him.
The running joke is that if you even breath on Brady, you’ll probably get flagged, but the Buccaneers QB doesn’t agree with that assessment.
“I always hear that to different degrees about getting penalties and so forth and roughing the passers,” Brady said on his podcast. “They say that, and I’m always in my mind going, ‘I don’t remember the last time I got a roughing the passer.’ I think we should look that up over the last 10 years, who’s got the most roughing the passer penalties. I hope it’s not me, because then I just put my foot in my mouth, but I don’t feel like I get them as much as people may think that I get them.”
As it turns out, Brady is actually correct. The 44-year-old QB asked Pro Football Focus to figure out who gets the most roughing calls and as it turns out, the answer definitely isn’t Brady. According to PFF, Matt Ryan has gotten the most roughing the passer calls since 2010 with Brady ranking 10th overall. PFF also noted that Brady has gotten the fourth-lowest roughing the passer calls per drop back since 2015 among quarterbacks with at least at least 1,250 drop backs.
In 2021, Brady only drew one roughing the passer flag, which was well behind Ryan, who led the NFL by drawing 10 flags….