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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots talks with Referee Clete Blakeman before the game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

It’s pretty much always newsworthy when Tom Brady tweets. It’s especially notable when he tweets something that’s a departure from the norm.

Brady doesn’t usually tweet anything critical of anyone or anything. It’s typically an outlet for his corny sense of humor or a promotional tool for the Patriots and TB12. So it caught the football world off guard when he tweeted during Thursday night’s game between the Titans and Jaguars that he’s sick of all the penalty flags.

And seven minutes later, Brady was done.

Not the best look for the NFL when freaking Tom Brady, the league’s greatest all-time player, is telling them their TV product is unwatchable.

The first half of the Titans-Jaguars game included a whopping 19 penalties – 14 in the first half, including seven offensive holding calls. The league reportedly wants to crack down on holding in 2019, and that looks to have spilled into the regular season.

Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa also drew a roughing the passer flag for what looked like a relatively clean tackle on Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew as he released the ball.

Jets safety Jamal Adams agreed with Brady. Adams made headlines earlier this week when he called out the league for fining him $21,000 over a hit to Browns QB Baker Mayfield that … really didn’t look fine-worthy. Adams will look to take out his frustration on the Patriots on Sunday. If there’s any player on the Jets for the Patriots to be concerned about, it’s him.

One person who made a salient point is Brady’s former teammate, Tedy Bruschi. The longtime ESPN analyst pointed to the rash of quarterback injuries in Week 2 as the catalyst for an overcorrection by the league to protect passers.

So you can probably expect another flood of flags at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. And it’s likely that a lot of them will benefit Brady and the Patriots. It’s highly unlikely Brady will be turning his own game off, especially when the Patriots have just about zero chance of losing.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at