'A lot of mediocrity,' says Tom Brady of NFL play.

Tom Brady did not mince words when it came to the quality of today's NFL, from coaching to the development of young players to systems.

"I believe that there is a lot of mediocrity in today's NFL." 

"I don't see the excellence that I used to see," Brady remarked on Monday's "The Stephen A. Smith Show."

"I think the coaching isn't as good as it was," Brady told reporters. "I don't believe young player development is as good as it once was." 

Brady, 46, announced his retirement earlier this year after a 23-year career in which he won seven Super Bowls with the Patriots (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021).

Among many other accomplishments, he became the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.

Brady believes that one of the main causes for the league's decline is the unintended consequences of recent rule revisions.

"The rules have allowed a lot of bad habits to get into the actual performance of the game," Brady stated in a statement.

He cited rule modifications designed to safeguard players from harm, but which he claims have resulted in a "carefree" mentality on the field.

"Offensive players must defend themselves. It is not the responsibility of a defensive player to protect an attacking player. 

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