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Patriots Talk: Is Jimmy Garoppolo The Successor To Tom Brady?

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Patriots Talk: Is Jimmy Garoppolo The Successor To Tom Brady?

After all the drama that was popping this off-season before the NFL Draft, there was speculation about teams like the Cleveland Browns willing to part with a first round pick for backup Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. This was dissolved after the draft was over but there are many desperate teams that still need a starting quarterback. While Garoppolo only had 2 games to showcase his talents, he was capable of handling the offense in the absence of star Tom Brady.

Many people felt something was odd with Bill Belichick not taking the trades that were likely offered for Jimmy G but based on recent reports, its possible Belichick wants to keep him for the foreseeable future. Several NFL scouts, a former player, and AFC front office were asked by CSNNE about what their thoughts were on: Why is Jimmy Garoppolo still here?

Here were the answers from them:

“I absolutely loved the kid coming out of college. When we interviewed him, [it was obvious] he’s got those qualities you want in a QB, as a leader. I begged our guys to take him at the end of the first round. That’s how good I thought he was then. He’s a hell of a lot better now. The job Bill and [offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels] have done with him, the work he clearly has put in, wrap all that up and it makes all the sense in the world to keep him. They can win with him. That’s all you need to know — in my opinion — as to why they kept him. The moment that Brady guy starts to show cracks, the next guy is in already there, already knows the locker room, the system, the environment. I think it’s genius.” – AFC Scout (#2)

The value of having a player sit and watch behind a Hall-of-fame Head Coach, and Quarterback (quite possibly one of the greatest the sport has ever seen) is the type of experience you can’t replace. Jimmy G has been a player that knows the Patriots organization and if he is the long term solution than keeping him will be a high priority. This experiment was done as well in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers playing behind Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre for 3 straight seasons before he was officially the starter in the 2008 NFL season after Favre was shipped to the New York Jets. Can Garoppolo become like Rodgers? Not likely but its still a thought as Jimmy is in the best support system in the NFL with the best coaches, environment and front office one would need.

“I played against him every day in practice. He’s all that.” Why? “He can make all the throws. He can process all the information. He is a gamer. He can slow it down. He can spin it. I’m going tell you this, if he had gotten traded to Cleveland, they’re a borderline playoff team. I really believe that.” – Former Patriots Player

Now this might be an over-exaggeration but any player who has close-up impressions of Jimmy G within the team knows what they are talking about. Garoppolo has showed that he can make the passes and be able to play at the NFL level even though the sample size is relatively small. The Cleveland Browns have a lot of issues across the board, but the quarterback position is the most critical one. Jimmy going to them would be able to bring a lot of what he already knows to the Browns but would it be enough to get them to the playoffs? Not likely, but the current roster they have now? Possible.

“Bill knows something we don’t. That’s the way I read it. Whether it’s Brady’s future, or what they didn’t see in Brissett, or something about the makeup of Garoppolo, he just couldn’t part company with him. I can’t say as I blame him. Finding one good QB in this league is hard enough. Two? Maybe only a handful of teams in the league can say they have that. Plus, with Bill, he’s not worried about coaching for his job. He can think big picture — two, three, four years down the line. That’s not something too many other coaches/front offices in this environment get. He can afford to pass on a handful of draft picks to keep a player he really likes.” – AFC Front Office

This is also very true. Bill Belichick has maintained his position as Head Coach of the Patriots for well over 17 years now and based on his current relationship with Robert Kraft, he isn’t going anywhere. If Belichick is looking further ahead to the future and wants Garoppolo around in case the absolute worst does happen and Brady can’t play (especially as he is 40 on August 3rd). It’s odd for Belichick to keep a player he really wants but he has been aggressive in free agency this year and its potential for the foreseeable future after Brady retires.

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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