Buccaneers' Tom Brady explains why NFL rule changes that help offenses are 'disservice to the sport'

  • NFL Buccaneers American Football Tom Brady is just one of the many quarterbacks who have benefited from NFL rule changes over the past decade, but the future Hall of Famer doesn't believe the offensive explosion is good for the league overall.During a recent Buccaneers player chat for the team website, Brady was critical of how rule changes have done a "disservice to the sport." The 44-year-old feels that the quality of play has dropped since he entered the NFL more than two decades ago in part because players no longer have to be taught how to play "the right way." MORE: Brady roasts former teammate Mike Vrabel"A quarterback should only throw the ball to certain places because your receiver is in danger of getting hit," Brady said. "For example, when I used to play against Ray Lewis, I wouldn't throw the ball to the middle of the field because ... he would hit [our receivers] and knock them out of the game. And now, every hard hit is a penalty on the defense. So I feel like they penalize defensive players for offensive mistakes." “I feel like they penalize defensive players for offensive mistakes.”Let me find out @TomBrady has a lil defensive heart.This is so spot on. pic.twitter.com/cbHlpXKCGX— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) September 3,[......]

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    Nationals not considering Cal Ripken, Dusty Baker for manager

  • The most intriguing name on the list of possible managers for the Washington Nationals has long been Cal Ripken, Jr.But Adam Kilgore, the Nationals beat writer for the Washington Post, reports that Ripken doesn’t appear to be a likely candidate for the opening . Ripken’s baseball credentials and local ties are obvious—he spent his 21-year Hall of Fame career playing for the Baltimore Orioles—but he doesn’t have any managerial experience, on any professional level. Speculation about Ripken as a possible replacement for the retiring Davey Johnson ramped up when outfielder Jayson Werth endorsed him for the job in the final week of the regular season, and Ripken himself has talked about being open to the possibility of managing at this point in his life, without specifically addressing the opening in Washington. The Nationals, though, have not reached out to Ripken yet.In the same piece, Kilgore also says that Dusty Baker, who was fired by the Reds earlier this month, isn’t a candidate for the job, either. Baker reached out to the Nationals with interest, but, accordin夜网论坛g to Kilgore, “the Nationals have not reciprocated that interest and have not asked Baker to interview.” On Tuesday, Kilgore reported that the Nationals were impressed with Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale, and mentions four other people on the Nationals’ interview list—current bench coach Randy Knorr and current first-base coach Trent Jewett, Arizona third-base coach Matt Williams, Padres’ front-office[......]

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    Royals GM: 'I'm as frustrated as anyone'

  • The Kansas City Royals were expected by many (including Sporting News) to contend for a playoff spot after last season's 86-win campaign.That could still happen, of course, but right now the Royals find themselves at 14-17, six games back in the AL Central and well down on the list of wild-card contenders. The biggest culprit has been the offense: KC has scored 121 runs; only the Houston Astros have fewer runs among AL teams. "I'm as frustrated as anyone," Royals GM Dayton Moore told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "It's very simple why we're not winning as much as we should be — we're getting plenty of base runners but just not driving them in."(Monday) was another example," he said, referring to the team's 6-5 loss to the San Diego Padres. "What did we have, 19 base runners? That's a game we dominated but couldn't get enough runs home. Our ability to get runs home has to improve. Period." The team has a .241 batting average with runners in scoring position and just .211 with RISP and two outs."That's the time when, as a group, you have to concentrate and come up with your best at-bat," Moore said. "I get that we want to be aggressive and make things happen. But you also have to be selective and wait for your pitch to do some damage. That夜网论坛's not happening right now."One thing Moore says will change immediately: The team's propensity for swinging at 3-0 pitches."The results of that are unacceptable," Moore said. "That (situation) has been addressed (with manager Ned Yost[......]

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