No matter what the league may claim, this was just another rule put in place to help inferior teams compete with the Patriots. The responses on this subject reflect the low IQ of Patriot haters everywhere. The article states that the rule was changed this year and that Patriots have been forced to wear numbers. No where does it claim that the Patriots did not comply and were in violation. The MORONS on PFT who troll the Patriots are wrong again, just as they are on virtually every single subject where they believe the Patriots cheated. This even applies to Spygate as these knuckleheads still can’t get through their heads that the actual violation only occurred in the beginning of that year the rule was changed. The punishment was not based on the Patriots violating the rules for years. The punishment was based on the clamoring of owners of inferior teams that cried and cried because of their inability to win (That includes Goodell and his allegiance to the Jets). Again and again and again, if you can’t beat the genius on the field, change the rules, make up violations and take away draft picks to help the mentally disadvantaged teams. From Peyton, Polian, Fisher, the Competition Committee, Spygate, walk through taping lies, Ravens and Harbaugh’s inability to think, Indy and former Jets league employees bogus stings, Goodell and the league being caught red-handed lying by the court, to today’s jersey subject, it is all, and will all ever be about, the inferiority of those who cannot compete with Belichick and Brady. It must really suck for the majority of you Patriot haters. I’ll leave you with this lead up to the season – Julian Edelman has more career PLAYOFF touchdown passes than all of the quarterbacks on all of the rosters of all of the other teams in the AFC East – COMBINED!!!!!!! Even if you include Fitzpatrick! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Source : https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/06/12/nfl-forces-patriots-to-wear-numbered-jerseys-at-practice/325