Bill Belichick joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak and Bertrand" show and said that the Patriots may have an answer to their quarterback situation in the very near future.
According to the Patriots head coach, the team might know who its starter for Thursday night's game with the Texans will be as early as Wednesday afternoon. It also may be a process that extends into the night of the game, when the team announces its inactives.
"We'll just have to see how it all comes together," Belichick said. "Any time you have a short week like this, you always have a few players that are banged up, that are working their way back. Where exactly they'll be on game time Thursday night, a lot of times you don't know until Thursday night so we'll just have to see how that all goes."
Belichick did explain on Tuesday that injured quarterbacks could be "game-time decisions" just like players at any other position, even though offensive game plans are so dependent on who is behind center.
"It could be, sure. Yeah," he said. "It would depend on the situation. It would depend on a lot of things. It’s possible, sure."
The Patriots have used the last few days of preparation to gauge the potential availability of fill-in starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw three touchdown passes in 26 minutes of play before exiting Sunday's win over the Dolphins with a shoulder injury. Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett would be called upon if Garoppolo's injury prevents him from playing, and the team could also turn to receiver Julian Edelman in an emergency situation.