The footman loop move was in '09. Soft tops prior to that had a small groove for the loop. After that the groove was made a lot longer, which made the loop position of no concern.
Hardtop, the footman loop is used as an anchor for the hardtop latch on later models, again the change was is '09.
We have '07, '08, 09, and '13 here for me to compare.